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Drivers in Connecticut are the most unsafe in nation

Using its EverDrive app to analyze more than 781 million miles of driving data that it compiled in 2017, EverQuote - an online insurance aggregator - was able to conclude that Connecticut is home to the United States' least safe drivers. However, drivers in the state shouldn't feel particularly singled out. The other four states among the five worst were also in the Northeast: Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

Distracted driving campaigns net hundreds of Connecticut drivers

April was Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and several cities stepped up their enforcement of anti-distracted driving laws, which are some of the toughest in the nation. As a result, hundreds of drivers were issued citations for distracted driving, which is notoriously difficult for officers to enforce. Challenging enforcement, along with drivers' increasing inattentiveness, combine to make distracted driving one of the state's leading causes of car accidents and resulting personal injury.

Annual Connecticut ceremony reminds of construction work perils

It is common knowledge that construction is one of the most dangerous types of work a person can do for a living, particularly commercial construction. When something goes wrong on a construction site, the results can be personal injury or even death. Folks in Connecticut have been reminded of this every year for the past three decades, when they mark the anniversary of the worst construction accident in state history.

In Connecticut, hospitals more dangerous than construction sites

Unfortunately, a car accident can be devastating, forever changing the lives of drivers, passengers and their families. When the circumstances surrounding an accident point to a head-on collision or one vehicle crossing a center line, the nature of the crash can be horrific, resulting in substantial personal injury or even death. Sometimes such accidents can be avoided, but in other instances, avoidance is not possible, which only served to compound the tragedy.

Proving negligence in Connecticut

Personal injury cases - whether a slip-and-fall or an accident caused by a drunk driver - usually hinge on the concept of negligence. From a legal perspective, negligence is a little different from the dictionary definition. To prove that a defendant was legally negligent in Connecticut, a plaintiff - the person or party injured - must show that five criteria are met.

Bridge collapse concerns reach as far as Connecticut

The high-profile collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Miami, which killed six people and injured several others, has caused concern as far as Connecticut. When a construction or design defect results in an accident that causes personal injury and/or death, people are often quick to start pointing fingers. But such accidents typically require an extensive investigation before the culpable party or parties can be identified.

Nor'easter causes car accidents in Connecticut

A line of nor'easters has slammed Connecticut over the last few weeks. Apart from traffic snarls, property damage, school closures and all the other typical woes associated with foul weather, the state also experienced an uptick in car accidents. Storm-related accidents did result in some personal injury, but fortunately, no fatalities were reported in accidents during the most recent nor'easter to strafe the state.

Ice and snow create hazards in Connecticut

When a nor'easter pounds Connecticut, the hazards extend beyond whipping winds and surging floodwaters. Snow, ice and even fallen branches can create a hazard for members of the public who are trying to negotiate a sidewalk or enter a building. If such a hazard results in an injury, the party responsible for keeping the right of way clear may be on the hook for damages and expenses that arise from the injury.

TV host drunk and distracted in Connecticut crash

Drunk and distracted drivers are leading causes of traffic fatalities in Connecticut, as well as across the United States. Drunk drivers kill thousands of motorists every year and the death toll from distracted driving as increased steadily as people have become more attached to their mobile devices. The potential for property damage, personal injury, or death from such negligence seems to grow every year and other than driving defensively, there is little that other motorists can do about it.

Could legalized marijuana result in more drugged driving?

As Connecticut lawmakers consider legalizing the sale of marijuana for recreational use, opponents are insisting that doing so would lead to an increase in drugged driving and other ills. While proponents in the legislature say that the tax revenues to reaped from passing the law would outweigh any detriments, an anti-marijuana group alleges that the move would actually cost the state more than $200 million in less than two years. The costs, the group says will stem from the administration and enforcement of the law.

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