Connecticut Back Roads More Dangerous Than City Streets

A drive down a rural road can be twice as dangerous as one down a city street.  According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, fatality rates due to car accidents are much higher in states with multiple high-speed, two lane rural roads.

Though mortality rates in Connecticut are not terribly high, many argue that they could be lower.  Safety groups believe that increased safety measures, with an emphasis on rural roads and divided highways, could bring our states numbers even lower.   Effective safety measures include an emphasis on reducing distracted driving along with laws that deter drivers from distracting behaviors such as texting and driving.

As experienced Conn. attorneys we know that most accidents are caused by one bad choice, one moment in which a driver makes a mistake, takes their eyes off the road.  These mistakes are too often injurious, even deadly.  We urge you to stay focused when behind the wheel.  Distracted driving, be it a city street or stretch of country highway, can mean the difference between arriving safely home and waking up in the hospital with serious injuries.  Keep your eyes on the road, Connecticut.  Arrive alive!

Distracted Driving Causes Accidents in Connecticut- What Can Be Done?

The obvious answer is to make every driver keep his eyes on the road at all times.  Of course, this is neither practical nor feasible.  Laws that limit cell phone use have been passed in Connecticut, and though this is a good step to prevent this type of driver distraction, what about the other types?

One Conn. mother saw the potential for distraction in a common item kept in the car-  A tissue box.  Looking for ways to keep her eyes on the road, and not searching the floor for that elusive box, she invented a refillable tissue container that fits into the cars cup holder.  Will this product save millions of lives?  Perhaps not, but what it does show is that there are practical ways to help drivers keep their eyes and minds on the road.

What can you do to prevent a distracted driving accident?  We urge you to not only put down the cell phone but also plan ahead.  If you might need a drink of water, a napkin a snack for the kids, place these things in easy reach, where you will not need to take your mind and eyes from the road.

The personal injury attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren know that one moment of distraction can lead to a serious, even deadly car accident.  Please help us spread the word- Distracted driving starts with you.  Focus on the road and arrive alive.

Minor Injuries Sustained During a Car Crash Can Cause Serious Pain

Minor injuries.  In nearly every article about a car or truck or motorcycle accident in Connecticut you will read about injury victims sustaining minor injuries.  But what does this mean?  Though you may assume it refers to bruising, maybe a small cut and some sore muscles, minor injuries can mean serious pain and a long recovery.

For example, broken bones, deep cuts and neck and back injuries are commonly referred to as minor injuries.  Really, a minor injury is one that does not immediately threaten the accident victims life.  However, this does not mean that the injury will not require a hospital stay, rehabilitation and ongoing medical care.

The problem with minor injuries is that insurance companies will use this distinction to minimize your claim, your pain and suffering.  They will assume that the report of “minor injuries” means you deserve less compensation.  However, there are other factors to consider.  What if your job involves heavy and frequent use of your arms and back?  Then a shoulder injury can leave you out of work for some time, maybe even permanently.  But the insurance company will want to ignore this, and possibly your need for ongoing physical therapy.  They will offer you a sum that may not cover your current bills, nonetheless the cost of ongoing medical care.

If you have been injured in a car accident, even if you only sustained minor injuries, ensure that the insurance company is offering you proper compensation for your injuries.  Contact an experienced accident lawyer at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren today for your free consultation.  Make sure your rights, and your future are protected.  Call today. 1.860.257.1000

Connecticut Winter Driving Dangers Include Your Icy Windshield

recent accident in Trumbull, Conn. is being blamed on a frosty windshield.  This accident, which fortunately only caused minor injuries to a pedestrian, should be remind us all of the importance of clearing snow and frost from our vehicles.

Though we may be in a rush to get to work, the extra five minutes it takes to clear your windshield, side windows and back window could mean the difference between a safe drive to work and a serious accident.  If you do not clear the snow off your vehicle you may be in for more trouble than a fender bender; Connecticut state law mandates that your windshield be free from obstruction.

In addition, if large pieces of snow or ice fall from your vehicle and strike another, you may beliable for damages to the other car and any injuries caused by an accident.  So when you think about it, that five minutes of window scraping may just save you thousands of dollars.

As personal injury attorneys we see the number of serious, even deadly injuries increase as winter hits New England.  Please take extra time to get to your destination, slow down if roads are at all icy and above all, please find a sober ride home this holiday season.

Will a Bill Create Safer Teen Drivers in Connecticut?

A national grant program may have an impact right here in Connecticut.  TheStudents Taking Action for Road Safety Act of 2010 (STARS) has been presented to the House of Representatives.  The large bill, totaling $25 million per year, would fund programs here in Conn. and across the nation.

The goal of the bill is to increase awareness of safe driving among high school students.  As we have discussed before, driver distraction, due primarily to passengers and electronic devices, are common among teens and young adults and a major cause of serious accidents.

The bill’s supporters hope to boost support for student-led groups that work to promote teen safety programs.  National and state teen safety driver conferences would also be held, along with outreach programs that target parents of teen drivers.

The question is:  Will the bill work to prevent teen driver distraction?  Though we are hopeful, the only thing we can be sure of is that good driving starts at home.  You, as the parent of a teen, are the best deterrent of distracted driving.  Leading by example, put down the phone and drive.  Also, establish basic safe driving guidelines and talk often about the importance of safe driving.

Whether or not the bill passes, we can work, at a local level, to keep our teens safe.  Join ourlaw firm today in our effort to spread the word about the dangers of texting and driving, talking and driving and other dangerous distracted driving behaviors.

Leaves, Fall Light Bring Beauty and Danger to Conn. Drivers

Connecticut is famous for our beautiful fall foliage.  The state boasts several National Scenic Byways.  These roads, such as Conn. State Route 169 and the Merritt Parkway (SR 15) draw drivers and bikers from across the nation.  However, all this attention and traffic, combined with driving hazards unique to season, can create dangerous driving conditions.

For example, driving on leaf covered roads, especially when it has been raining, can cause your car to lose traction, possibly causing an accident.  In addition, leaves can cover road defects such as pot holes, making it nearly impossible for you to avoid them.  This can be particularly dangerous for motorcyclists.

In addition, the fall light can make windshield glare more apparent.  Many people choose to take a scenic drive at sunset, so be sure to pull over in a safe location if you are having a hard time seeing.  Morning frost on both windshields and roadways are a real possibility this time of year.  Clear all leaves and frost from your windows and windshield before hitting the road.

At Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren our staff and attorneys would like you help you stay safe.  This fall, and every day, please remain aware of your surroundings and focus on the road, taking into account any and all seasonal hazards.

Texting and Driving an Issue in Ct and Nationwide

If you are concerned about the number of drivers texting when they should be concentrating on the road you are not alone. A recent study looked at the number of texting adults and teens who talk and text while driving.  The number is higher than you may think for so called responsible adults.

The study, performed by the Pew Center for Research, found that of texting adults 47 percent had sent or read text messages while driving.  Here in Ct., we know all too well that many drivers continue to both talk and text, despite increasingly strict laws against it.

Recently, police sighted hundreds of people for texting or talking on their cell phone while driving.  In fact, the police did not have enough officers to pull over the number of drivers they saw violating the law.

The problem with distracted driving is that it not only causes bad driving; it costs lives.  Please join our attorneys in pledging to put down the phone and drive. That one missed call, that one answered text may just save a life.

Injured during a hit and run accident in Connecticut? You are not alone.

Being hit by a driver with no insurance or worse, a driver who flees the scene, can be a frustrating, even maddening experience.  When a driver hits a pedestrian as they cross the street the results are all too often deadly.  A recent ruling on a tragic hit and run accident is a sober reminder that drivers can panic after causing an accident, leaving the victim alone and very likely seriously injured.

We talk about hit and run accidents because they happen so often.  If the driver who caused the accident leaves the scene and no information is gathered about their car or license plate there may be nothing you can do about the accident.  However, often witnesses and surveillance video can help identify the vehicle and, ultimately, the driver.

If you have been injured in a hit and run accident be sure to file a report with the police.  It is imperative that you mention every detail of the accident and that if you remember something about the driver or car at a later date that you give this information to the police.  Any information you have may very well be the key to catching the driver.

If we can be of any assistance to you please to not hesitate to contact an attorney at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren for your free consultation.  We have been serving the injured in Connecticut for over 30 years and have the experience to guide you through the months and days after your accident.  With offices in Rocky Hill, Norwich, Brooklyn and Storrs we are here for you where you need us, when you need us.

Hurt in an accident with a drunk driver in Connecticut?

Sadly, if you have been injured or have lost a family member at the hands of a drunk driver you are not alone.  According to the Century Council, in Connecticut alone an average of 80 people are killed in alcohol related accidents each year.  On top of this, each year thousands are injured during an accident with a drunk driver.

The fact of the matter is that despite massive ad campaigns across Connecticut people are still getting behind the wheel after drinking.  Our attorneys are all too familiar with the way a car accident can impact every aspect of the victims’ life.  We would love nothing more than to have less people contacting us after an accident with a drunk driver.

To do our own small part we try and bring you the latest news and information on drunk driving in Connecticut.  Please use the following links to read about local accidents caused by drunk drivers and about how you can help prevent such accidents.

Together we hope prevent needless injuries and deaths due to drunk driving.  If you have been injured in an accident with a drunk driver you have rights.  If you would like to take legal action please contact your experienced Connecticut personal injury attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren for your free consultation.

E-mail Alerts for Car and Child Car Seat Recalls and Defects

Attempting to keep up with the flood of recent auto recalls and defects is nearly impossible.  However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration along with has created a simple way for you to receive up to date information on recalls and defects as they affect your vehicle.  Recall information is available for the following vehicles and vehicle equipment:

  • Tires
  • Child restraints (child car seats)
  • All vehicles
  • Specific makes and models
  • Motorcycles, helmets and motorcycle equipment
  • School busses

To subscribe to NHTSA’s recall notification e-mail system please click here.

By receiving these e-mail notifications you can ensure that you know what recalls affect your vehicle.  This knowledge can save lives and prevent needless injuries.  Though our offices are located across Central and Eastern Connecticut we see accident victims from across the state that believe that an auto defect has caused them harm.

The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that you will sign up for the e-mail notification system provided by the NHTSA.  Together we can help prevent injuries and deaths caused by auto and motorcycle defects.

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