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Duck boat involved in collision with car

Many motorists in New Haven may not fully grasp the enormity of the responsibility that they assume when they get behind the wheel. Not only do they have the duty to operate their vehicles in a way that does not endanger others on the road around them, but they also must drive in a manner that protects their passengers in their own vehicles. A failure to fulfill both responsibilities can quickly open a driver up to liability claims from multiple parties. 

Steps to take if you’re involved in an accident

Even the safest drivers in Connecticut may find themselves involved in a car accident. Knowing which steps to take is crucial in this case, for both safety reasons as well as helping you file a claim if you’re the victim of a negligent driver. U.S. New & World Report offers the following information, which can help you take the right actions should a car accident occur.

What is defensive driving?

As a driver in New Haven, being alert and aware when behind the wheel can help prevent serious accidents from occurring. However, even safe drivers can be involved in accidents when encountering distracted or negligent motorists, which is why defensive driving is so importance. Esurance.com explains what defensive driving entails and how it can help avoid serious injuries and property damage.

The dangers of aggressive driving

Tailgating, using high beams and honking the horn can be more than just an annoyance for drivers on Connecticut roadways. These dangerous behaviors are signs of aggressive driving.  Connecticut State Police report that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aggressive driving entails operating a motor vehicle in a way that endangers or may endanger people or property.

Negligent entrustment explained

Car accidents in New Haven are a fact of life. That does not mean, however, that you have to accept you being involved in one as an inevitability. The causes of collisions can typically be linked to the actions of at least one of the drivers involved. If it is discovered that the driver who caused yours had previously shown him or herself to be a reckless or irresponsible driver (and was not even in his or her own car), then you justly question who allowed him or her to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. We at The Law Office of George H. Romania, LLC are here to tell you that not only is such a question justified, but also one that might be in your best interests to pursue. 

Rule tries to tackle the problem of trucker fatigue

The fact that a truck driver could become fatigued in Connecticut while operating a semi truck or other large rig is not surprising. These drivers often spend many hours on the road and may even be forced to drive in the wee hours of the morning or late at night. Being alone while driving may also influence their ability to remain alert being the wheel.

How Can I Prevent Car Accidents From Occurring?

Even the safest drivers in New Haven may find themselves involved in a car accident, despite their best efforts. While you can’t always prevent an accident from occurring, there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of crash as well as reduce the severity of injury or property damage. The Balance offers the following tips to drivers to ensure they remain safe and secure behind the wheel.

Understanding "move over" laws

If you were asked what would be the absolute worst place to stop your car, you would likely echo the same answer that many in New Haven might give: the side of the freeway. Yet in some of the cases that we here at The Law Office of George H. Romania, LLC deal with, people are often left with little choice. If your vehicle has recently become disabled on a freeway, then you are well aware of just how harrowing such an experience can be. If that incident resulted in another car striking yours, then you may justly be questioning who is at fault. 

The distractions caused by eating while driving

Oftentimes there are telltale indicators at the scene of a car accident in New Haven that suggest that the driver responsible for it was distracted. Most might assume that indicator to be a cell phone, and that if one is found in the driver console of a crashed vehicle, that the driver was either talking or texting. Yet as awareness increases of other methods of distraction that many employ while driving, authorities and investigators may start looking for other clues (such as discarded food wrappers or empty drink cups). 

Man killed by drunk driver day after Christmas

While January is in full swing now, the memories made during the recent holiday season should still be fresh in the minds of Connecticut residents. For most people, the expectation is that these memories are good ones. For some, however, these memories are filled with tragedy, loss and disbelief. Such is likely the experience of the friends and family of one man from South Bound Brook.

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