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No one wants to share the road with distracted big rig drivers

Commercial truck drivers from Connecticut travel the roadways nationwide. If you are one of them, you likely know the potential hazards of your job. The fact that you spend many hours in your own company might make the temptation to use a mobile phone irresistible. The laws prohibiting mobile phone use by drivers apply nationwide.

You might think it will only take a moment to check an incoming message on your phone, but studies show that it typically takes a driver's eyes off the road for 3.8 to 4.6 seconds at a time. While this might seem insignificant, if your speed is about 55mph, your truck will travel more than the length of a football field during those few seconds. What happens while your vehicle travels those 300 feet uncontrolled could cause death or injuries to you or other road users.

When someone is overexcited while driving

A driver’s emotional state can increase the probability of a crash in different ways. For example, those who are angry may drive more aggressively, while drivers struggling with deep depression may struggle to respond to a threat on the road promptly. In this post, we will look at some of the concerns that are associated with driving while overexcited, which can be dangerous for different reasons even though some drivers do not realize it.

A driver may become extremely excited for any number of reasons, from finding out that their wife is pregnant to hearing that they were accepted into a particular college or hired by a company they applied to work with. Unfortunately, these feelings can get in the way of driving responsibly and may cause a driver to become distracted. Not only can a driver lose mental focus when they are thinking about something else while behind the wheel, but some may even use their phone to text or call friends and family members, which can be extremely dangerous.

What can I do if I’m involved in a hit and run?

It’s every Connecticut driver’s worst nightmare. One minute you’re going about your merry way and the next you’re involved in a hit and run accident. Even if you were not at fault, it’s important you take the right steps in the aftermath. State Farm explains what you should do immediately following a hit and run, both to preserve safety and to ensure you receive the assistance you need.

Take down as much information as possible

What if your dog attacks someone?

With all of the love and comfort your dog provides to you, it is easy to forget that he or she is still an animal subject to natural instincts. This could potentially make him or her a threat to whoever frequents your home or property in New Haven (no matter how friendly his or her disposition might seem). As his or her owner, you are of course responsible for his or her actions. Yet at what point does that responsibility turn into civil liability

Connecticut's "dog bite law" can be found in Section 22-357 of the state's General Statutes. Here it states that you are only liable for injuries that your dog causes if the following elements in present in any incident that results in an attack: 

  • Your dog did indeed injure a person
  • Said person was on your property with your permission
  • Said person was not teasing, tormenting or otherwise provoking your dog

How can I prevent distracted driving?

Motorists in Connecticut have a responsibility to drive safely at all times. Preventing distractions while driving is a crucial part of preserving the safety of yourself as well as others, as driving distractions are known to cause a wide range of accidents. In order to empower motorists to be responsible on the road, Geico offers the following advice.

Don’t drive tired

What is a dram shop law?

The first question you may have after learning that the person who caused your car accident in New Haven was drunk at the time may be who would let even let a person drive in an intoxicated state? While fault for your accident certainly lies with the person who chose to imbibe and then climb behind the wheel, you could argue that whomever gave him or her access to alcohol might also be culpable. In certain cases, you would be right. 

The ability to assign third-party liability in drunk driving accident is due to the existence of dram shop laws. The information detailing this law can be found in Section 30-102 of the Connecticut General Statutes. Here, it says that if a person or establishment that serves an intoxicated person alcohol, and that person then causes an accident in his or her intoxicated state, the provider of the alcohol can also be held liable. Notice, however, that the language of the statute distinguishes the drinkers that it covers by saying that they must be intoxicated. Simply serving them alcohol is not enough; the drinker must already appear to be visibly intoxicated, yet whomever provided the alcohol continued to serve him or her in order for said provider to be liable. 

How can I cope with the death of a loved one?

Losing a loved one is usually a harrowing experience, especially when the death was caused by another person’s negligence. As a result, it can be difficult for people in Connecticut to navigate the grieving process, which is usually fraught with a wide array of complex emotions. If you’ve recently lost someone you cared about deeply, the American Psychological Association recommends the following advice.

Practice self-care

A basic understanding of the personal injury claims process

A car accident can change your life in an instant. It can leave you with physical injuries that can cause significant and ongoing pain. It can also lead to financial losses that will affect your Connecticut family for months and years to come. Navigating the aftermath can be a daunting task. 

From dealing with insurance companies to deciding if you should move forward with the pursuit of personal injury compensation through a civil claim, you may not be sure what to do next. Fortunately, you have the right to seek guidance during this difficult time. As an accident victim with possible grounds to move forward with a personal injury claim, it can be beneficial to understand how this process works.

Defining casual employment

The general assumption amongst most in New Haven might be that any injury suffered while one is engaged in fulfilling the terms of employment is covered under workers' compensation. This thought allows you to be fully engaged in your work without worrying about having to cover any expenses that might result from a work-related injury. Many of those that we here at The Law Office of George H. Romania, LLC have worked with have come to us with this assumption, only to then be disappointed to learn that workers' compensation does not apply to every professional relationship. One such exception is cases of casual labor. 

Say that a local dentist office hires you to come in do some carpentry work to expand his or her clinic. While completing the job, you fall from a ladder and break your wrist. Suddenly you are having to deal with medical bills stemming from the treatment of your injury, as well as a loss of income from having to postpone your work while you recover. In such as case, however, workers' compensation laws do not apply to you because (according to Connecticut's Workers Compensation Commission) the casual nature of your employment does not classify you as an employee. 

Loss of consortium in Connecticut

A common misconception amongst many in New Haven might be that wrongful death lawsuits are simply meant to punish the parties believed to be responsible for causing the untimely deaths of others. On the contrary, most who seek such action are simply trying to deal with the expenses associated with their losses the best that they can. Typically, the greatest of those losses are not monetary, but rather the emotional pain felt by being deprived of their family member or friend's companionship. The legal term for this deprivation is "loss of consortium." 

Often, damages in civil claims are termed to be either "monetary" or "non-monetary." Monetary damages are those that can be quantified. In the case of a wrongful death lawsuit, they might represent a decedent's medical expenses, funeral costs and loss of income. Non-monetary damages refer those losses that are non-quantifiable, of which loss of consortium certainly is one type. Section 52-555b of Connecticut's General Statutes allows the spouse of a decedent to seek damages in a wrongful death lawsuit for being deprived of his or her marital privileges, which the state considers to be: 

  • Society 
  • Affection
  • Moral support
  • Companionship
  • Sexual relations

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