Most vehicle accidents are caused by driver error. In other words, almost all car crashes are preventable. Drivers are taught from an early age about reckless driving behaviors and how to avoid them. Yet every single day, motorists are involved in serious car accidents caused by the carelessness of another driver.
The Connecticut vehicle accident attorneys at Ronald M. Scherban, P.C. have represented many victims in serious car crashes. A number of our clients have suffered catastrophic injuries due to negligent driving, leaving them with challenges that they will face for the rest of their lives. If another driver was the cause of your injuries or the injuries of your loved one, we will hold that person accountable for the damages they have caused.
Vehicle Accidents in Connecticut
The following statistics are from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2014 (the most recent year for which statistics are available):
- There were 248 fatalities in Connecticut vehicle accidents.
- 143 of these fatalities were occupants of vehicles.
- 55 of the fatalities were on motorcycles.
- 47 of the fatalities were pedestrians.
- Nearly 40 percent of all Connecticut fatal vehicle accidents were alcohol-related.
Common Cause of Connecticut Vehicle Accidents
- Reckless Driving – Reckless driving is a broad term that includes a number of inappropriate driving behaviors, such as speeding, disobeying traffic signals, running stop signs and making improper lane changes. Speeding contributed to 69 Connecticut road fatalities in 2014.
- Distracted Driving – One of the most common reasons for distracted driving accidents is the use of a mobile device. However, distraction can involve many other activities performed by a driver, including talking to other passengers in the vehicle, operating a car stereo, using a GPS, grooming, eating or drinking behind the wheel.
- Drowsy Driving – Fatigued driving is a major threat to road safety, comparable to intoxicated or distracted driving. These accidents frequently occur at night and often involve drivers who have been traveling for long periods of time or drivers who are coming home from work after a long shift.
- Impaired Driving – The most common form of impaired driving is alcohol intoxication, but the term impaired driving also refers to drivers under the influence of other substances, such as prescription or nonprescription medication.
Damages Suffered in Vehicle Accidents
Victims can suffer incredible damages following a car accident, including broken bones, organ damage, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. They also face a major financial impact in the form of property damage, medical bills and ongoing care due to the accident. When another driver caused these damages, they can be held financially responsible for the burden they’ve caused the victim.