We all know that drivers who've consumed a certain amount of alcohol lose the ability to focus and make good decisions. Not braking soon enough, drifting or swerving out of lanes, running red lights and other poor reactions are common. Alcohol-impaired drivers are responsible for thousands of accidents every year, many of them resulting in fatalities.
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Being involved in a car accident can be a devastating experience. Such accidents can cause serious injury or, in more tragic cases, death. The amount of stress involved in such experiences can sometimes be overwhelming. There are some simple points to keep in mind directly following an accident - steps that can greatly help in the long run - but sometimes those may not be enough to fully protect your interests.
Thousands of Connecticut motorists are involved in car accidents every year. Many of these crashes are caused by distracted drivers. Driving takes a lot of skill and focus and when a driver takes his or her eyes of the road for even a few seconds, a serious accident can occur. This is a serious issue, as a distracted driver can be held liable for any damages. There are some common types of distractions though which can easily be avoided and possible accidents averted if drivers were to pay attention to their surroundings. What should one do if their injuries are caused by a distracted driver?
When Connecticut motorists fail field sobriety and blood alcohol tests and are convicted of drunk driving, they can face hefty fines, license suspension and even jail time. Driving under the influence is typically a misdemeanor, but when it causes an injury accident, the penalties become enhanced. A DUI can become a felony charge and mean stricter penalties for the drunk driver.
Many people underestimate the effects of alcohol consumption. "Just one drink won't hurt," they think. But one Connecticut man, who told police he had only one beer, veered right into the path of a jogger while on Route 17 in North Haven. The jogger was struck and taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he died that evening. The drunk driver is now facing criminal charges.
An intoxicated Connecticut man recently led police on a high-speed chase on Route 12, causing a serious car accident. The chase ended in Gales Ferry when the car landed into a pool. The wreck not only injured the man, but also his two young daughters, who were occupants in the car.
Individuals who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs pose a major threat to public safety. A car weighs thousands of pounds and, when operated by an individual who is drunk, becomes a dangerous weapon. The events that transpired when one 31-year-old Connecticut woman recently chose to drive drunk, prove the adverse effects alcohol has on an individual's ability to process information, reason and react.
All drivers must always be watchful and alert. This is especially important when attempting to navigate busy areas where both cars and pedestrians are present. Parents who drop off or pick up children from school know how chaotic the streets and sidewalks outside a school can be. The presence of running or darting children, large busses and other parents attempting to drop off or collect children can be incredibly distracting.
When Connecticut residents venture out onto the open road, they know it is a possibility that they'll be involved in a car accident. While no one expects to encounter a drunk driver on the road, it is an unfortunate possibility. However, what if there was a way that individuals could lower their risk of finding themselves at the same location as a drunk driver?
According to a recent USA TODAY article, a total of 20 states have passed legislation allowing for the use of medical marijuana. Additionally, the use of marijuana for purely recreational purposes is now legal in two states. Many more states are likely to follow this trend and also pass legislation allowing residents over a certain age to legally purchase and use marijuana for either medicinal or recreational use.