National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a government agency that works to, “Save lives, prevent injuries and reduce vehicle-related crashes.” To fulfill this mission the NHTSA continuously strives to document and research auto accidents across the United States. With the information they gather the NHTSA is able to better understand what causes accidents. This data is then transferred to safety programs, where the NHTSA works to spread the word about the best ways to prevent car, truck, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents.
Please use the following links and information as a basic guide to the NHTSA website. We hope that the information provided below will help you better understand the mission of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as it relates to auto accidents in Connecticut and across the nation.
- Traffic Accident Statistics (CT)– This page breaks down the number of traffic deaths stemming from car, truck and motorcycle accidents in the state of Connecticut. Listed causes for accidents causing at least one fatality include alcohol-impaired driving and speed- related accidents. Information on fatal accidents is also listed by county. Fatality rates for the counties of Windham, Tolland, New London, Hartford and Middlesex are listed here.
- Traffic Safety– Traffic safety is a broad topic that covers issues such as child passenger safety, distracted driving, motorcycles and aggressive driving.
- Vehicles and Equipment- On this page you will be able to learn more about how to report possible defects that affect your car, truck, child safety seat and more. Topics of interest on this page include air bag safety, safety belts, tires, recalls and defects.
- Recalls and Defects– A branch of the NHTSA, safecar.gov, makes available comprehensive information on auto and auto part recalls and defects. One of the more useful areas is a page that allows you to sign up for e-mail notifications on recalls affecting tires, child restraints, cars, trucks, motorcycles, helmets and school busses.
The Connecticut accident attorneys of Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the information and links listed above help you better understand auto safety and the prevention of car, truck and motorcycle accidents.
If you were hurt during a car crash and need help please do not hesitate to contact your CT personal injury attorney at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren for your free consultation. We have been helping the injured of Storrs, Windham, Brooklyn and Tolland for over 30 years and strive to get our clients maximum compensation for their injuries.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT)
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is tasked with monitoring the safety of every form of transportation in the state. The primary bureaus that ConnDOT operates are the Bureaus of: Aviation & Ports, Highway Operations, Engineering and Construction, Finance & Administration, Policy and Planning and Public Transportation.
In this article we will be looking at the Conn DOT’s role as it relates to the safety of our streets, highways and interstates. We want to give you a better idea of the services, safety programs and resources that the ConnDOT has to offer. Please click on any of the underlined links below to visit the ConnDOT website directly.
- Transportation Safety Programs– The ConnDOT strives to keep drivers, passengers, bikers and pedestrians safe. To this end they have created a variety of documents and publications for the pubic to read. Topics in this section include: Highway Safety Plans & Reports, Child Passenger Safety, Distracted Driving, Motorcycle Safety and Safe Routes to School.
- ConnDOT News- News for the past five years can be found here. Current news includes a crackdown on distracted driving in Hartford, high-speed rail service and the 2010 ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign.
- Work Zone Safety Awareness– The ConnDOT believes that work zone safety is the responsibility of all drivers and their families. To this end they have compiled a list of resources to include facts about work zone safety, work zone safety awareness and a child’s work zone safety activity book.
Like the law firm of Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren, the Connecticut Department of Transportation works to maintain an extensive library of safety tips and information.
Prevention is key; yet we see too many people who have been injured in car accidents that could have been avoided. If you need to speak with an attorney about your auto accident case please contact your experienced personal injury attorney today.
Distraction.gov- Preventing Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers in Connecticut
Distraction.gov is a nationwide campaign being run by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The U.S. DOT is working to prevent accidents caused by drivers distracted by their cell phones and other hand held electronic devices. Distraction.gov also covers statistics and other information that is crucial to understanding just how serious the problem has become.
The government run program is being used extensively in and around Hartford, Conn. The program focuses on awareness of the problems caused by distracted driving and the prevention of this dangerous behavior. Below we will outline both the message that Distraction.gov hopes to get across and the ways in which the campaign is being used in Connecticut.
- Connecticut Distracted Driving Laws– This page covers the basics of the laws that affect all drivers in Connecticut. For example, did you know that Connecticut has a primary law that prohibits all types of drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving? This means that a police officer in CT can and will pull you over without any other traffic offense taking place. Since October of 2005 police in Connecticut have issued over 116,000 tickets for cell phone use while driving.
- Types of Distracted Driving– Though we tend to see distracted driving as a problem caused by an uptick in cell phone use there are many ways that drivers can become distracted. The primary types of distracted driving include: Visual (taking your eyes off the road), Manual (taking your hands off the wheel) and Cognitive (taking your mind off what you’re doing). The trouble with using a cell phone while driving is that it tends to distract a driver in all three ways.
- Watch BAM– This video highlights the dangers of talking and texting while driving. The scenes illustrate how one quick message, one quick call, can be the difference between a safe commute and a terrible accident.
The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz Kasheta & Bren hope that you have found the information provided on this page to be useful. We know that the temptation to use your cell phone while driving is ever-present. However, please wait until you arrive or pull over to talk or text. Doing so may very well prevent an accident and save a life.
Child Seat Safety Information- CT DOT
Connecticut has very specific laws pertaining to child safety seats and the CT DOT is a great source for child seat safety information. Whether you live in Hartford, Norwich or Rocky Hill child safety is important for every family in Connecticut.
- CT law– The law in Connecticut mandates that children must be in a proper child restraint until they are over six years of age and 60 pounds. Once the harnessing car seat is outgrown children must ride in a booster seat wearing a lap and shoulder belt. In addition, the law deals specifically with infants. Connecticut specifies that infants must remain rear facing until they are one year of age and 20 pounds. For both age/weight specifications both the minimums, age and weight, must be met.
Anyone caught driving their children without the proper car seat will be fined and required to attend a car seat education class. To obtain a printable copy of the Connecticut Child Safety Seat General Statute please click here.
- Car seat inspection stations– Are you sure your child safety seat is properly installed? Have you purchased the correct car seat for your child? If you are unsure, and even if you believe your seat is properly installed, the best idea is to visit one of the many free child safety seat fitting stations located in every county in the state. Certified safety seat technicians will see you, free of charge, and help you check the safety of your seat. To find a fitting station near you please click here.
The attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren have seen too many children seriously injured because of improper child restraints. Please take advantage of the free car seat safety checks. In the event of an accident this short seat check could very well save the life of your child.
Connecticut State Police
The Connecticut State Police are a visible force across the state. Though we most often see them responding to accidents and other emergencies or giving out citations, they also work to prevent and solve crimes. In this article we will be looking at the role that the Connecticut State Police play in both upholding the law and preventing both crimes and accidents.
- AMBER Alerts– Connecticut State Police have a very effective AMBER Alert system. Once an abduction has been reported, police work to immediately disseminate the information through radio and television broadcasts. In addition, the Connecticut State Lottery works with police to ensure that every store selling lottery tickets immediately prints and posts copies of the alert. In addition, the Alert information is displayed on 300 Lottery Electronic Message Units statewide.
- FAQ’s for Motor Vehicles– Here you will find a wide variety of information as it pertains to cars, trucks and motorcycles. Topics on this page include: what to do after an accident, the laws regarding seatbelt use and how to file a complaint against a trooper.
- Troopers Memorial Scholarship Fund– This fund was set up as a tribute to Connecticut State Troopers and Auxiliary Troopers who lost their lives while serving the state. The fund provides scholarships to the children of Connecticut State Police Members who are entering their first year of college.
- Criminal Record Information– This page is aimed at helping employers and others request criminal record checks. In addition, information on accident reports and requesting a letter of good conduct can be found here.
The Connecticut State Police provide an invaluable service to the people of Connecticut. The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the information provided on this page helps you better understand the many roles the State Police play in their effort to prevent crimes and assist citizens across Connecticut.
Like many police departments across the country the Connecticut State Police works overtime during holiday weekends. These long weekends nearly always carry with them a higher than average car accident rate. One way that the State Police work to prevent such accidents is through high visibility efforts such as Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). This campaign is used by State Police Departments across the country to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents, especially those that cause injury.
The key to the program’s success is public awareness of the event. If people know that police will be out in force they are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drinking and driving. During Operation C.A.R.E. State Police focus on the following traffic violations:
- Reckless driving
- Driving under the influence
- Following too close
- Unsafe lane changes
- Seatbelt use
To help discourage drinking and driving the State Police Department implements sobriety checkpoints. Checkpoint locations are available to the pubic before each holiday weekend. Fellow drivers are encouraged to call 911 if they observe a suspected drunk driver.
Seatbelt use is also stressed during Operation C.A.R.E. The Connecticut State Police strive for 100% compliance by all motorists in all vehicles. Multiple studies have shown that seat belt use by all of a vehicles occupants greatly reduces the injuries caused by an accident.
Though these campaigns are often lamented by those who are ticketed, they are an effective way to prevent accidents during what should be a joyous holiday weekend. The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the information provided in this article helps you better understand how Operation Care works to prevent serious car, truck and motorcycle accidents.
If you have been injured in an accident please do not hesitate to contact an experienced attorney today. We fight, day in and day out, to get our clients maximum compensation for their injuries. Please contact us today. Your life is waiting.
State of Connecticut Insurance Department
The State of Connecticut Insurance Department has information for consumers of every type of insurance. From auto insurance to life insurance they have the information you need. In this article we will be looking at the state agencies information as it relates to car insurance. Choosing the right insurance, from the right company, can save you money and ensure that, in the event of an accident, you are properly covered.
- File a Complaint- If you believe that your insurance company has not acted in your best interests you are encouraged to file a complaint against the company. The Department’s Consumer Affairs Division handles all complaints and takes every submission seriously. The Department oversees the certification of many within the industry to include insurance agents, motor vehicle physical damage appraisers and public adjustors.
- Find an Insurance Company– The Insurance Department maintains a list of companies that have been approved and registered. Please click here to view a current list of approved insurance companies in Connecticut.
- Auto Insurance Information– This page offers a comprehensive look at the types and amounts of car insurance needed in Conn. Topics here include: how to lower your insurance premium, definitions of the types of auto insurance (liability and property damage) and the laws that pertain to minimum coverage required by Connecticut law.
- Current Insurance News– Topic on this page include recoveries made by the Department on behalf of consumers and buyer beware notices for those looking to purchase insurance.
The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren try and keep you, as an insurance consumer, in the know. To this end we have written a book that will help you save money and protect yourself in case of an accident. Please click here to request your free copy of our booklet, Tips on Buying Car Insurance in Connecticut.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your Connecticut personal injury attorney today for your free consultation. We want you to know your rights and get what you deserve after a car, truck or motorcycle accident. Put our experience to work for you. Call today. 1.800.999.2020
Speeding- A Main Cause of Car Accidents in Connecticut and Nationwide
The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has many roles. One of these is to analyze crash data to determine the primary causes of car and motorcycle accidents and, hopefully, prevent further highway injuries and fatalities.
In a recent study the NHTSA found, not surprisingly, that speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. As Connecticut personal injury attorneys we have seen hundreds of people seriously injured by a driver who was Driving Too Fast For Conditions (DTFFC) or Exceeding the Posted Speed Limit (EPSL). In 2007, about 31 percent of all fatal crashes were speeding-related. Speed related accidents account for an estimated 13,000 deaths each year and cost society approximately $40.4 billon per year.
The following statistics represent highlights from the study. We hope that the information provided here will help you and others think twice before speeding.
- In all speed related crashes 55 percent were due to EPSL and 45 percent to DTFFC.
- DTFFC accidents are by far the most dangerous and injurious. 74 percent of speeding-related crashes that resulted in one or more injuries were due to DTFFC.
- Roads with higher speed limits (50+ mph) were the site of more DTFFC auto accidents.
- Driving Too Fast For Conditions most often happened when roads were in poor condition due to snow, ice, slush, rain or other factors that increased the likelihood of losing traction. It makes sense, then, that December to March represent the highest rate of DTFFC accidents.
- Both DTTFC and EPSL accidents are more likely to have occurred on non-intersection and curved stretches of roads.
The take home is simple: Do not speed. Though it may seem important to be a few minutes earlier, the cost of this choice could be your life or the life of another.
If you have been in an accident you may be having difficulty dealing with the insurance company. Too often agents and the company as a whole work not to help you recover financially from an accident, but instead try to pay you as little as possible. Ensuring that you have the correct insurance before an accident can save you both money and a fight with your company. Please click here to download our free informative booklet,Tips on Buying Car insurance in Connecticut.
Booster Seat Evaluation and Safety Guide
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released their recommendations for the booster seats that are, “most likely to provide good lap and shoulder belt fit in a range of vehicles.” As boosters are meant to guide the adult seatbelt into the correct position, not to restrain the child in the event of an accident, fit is crucially important. The wrong fit can cause a child to be injured as they can slip out of the belt, be strangled by the belt or suffer from internal injuries from a too high lap belt.
The following tips should help you better understand the importance of a properly fitting booster seat. Also listed is information on free car seat inspection stations in Hartford and across Connecticut.
- Proper Fit at Shoulder- When a booster seat fits both your child and the vehicle properly the seat belt should hit mid-shoulder. It should not be on or near the neck and it should not rest low on the shoulder or on the upper arm. Boosters should not be used with lap belt only seat belts.
- Proper Fit at Lap- The lap belt portion of the seat belt should hit your child at her upper thighs. It should sit flat here and not ride up onto the abdomen. Pictures of proper and improper seat belt placement can be found here.
- Best Bet Boosters– The IIHS has given over twenty seats their “best bet” rating this year. Seats on the list encompass every price range and were judged based on “good lap and should belt fit for typical 4 to 8 year-olds in almost any car, minivan or SUV.”
- Test Protocol– Follow this link to see how the IIHS tests their seats and the specific criteria they use to assign ratings.
- Find a Car Seat Inspection Station– Even seasoned parents could use a safety check on their car seats installation. Inspection stations are located across the state and a link to find one near you can be found here.
The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren want to ensure that you and your family are as safe as possible each time you get in your vehicle. We hope that the information provided here and in our extensive library will help you better understand the various ways you can decrease your risk of getting into a life-altering accident. If you have any questions or need legal advice please contact your experienced Connecticut accident lawyers at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren for your free consultation.
Key Highway Safety Laws in Connecticut
Like every state, Connecticut has their own specific highway safety laws. These are the laws that most commonly affect drivers and though they have been created to keep motorists safe they are also the laws and regulations that are often broken, resulting in tickets for violators. In addition, breaking these laws, such as exceeding the maximum speed limit, too often results in injurious, even deadly car accidents. Read on to read about the key highway safety laws that affect you as a Connecticut driver. The following laws have been compiled and outlined by the Governors Highway Safety Association.
- Aggressive Driving- There is currently no Connecticut state law that addresses the issue of aggressive drivers.
- Cell Phone and Texting– Connecticut has a primary handheld cell phone law that covers all drivers. This ban extends to text messaging while driving.
- Child Passenger Safety– A rear facing child seat must be used for children under one and under 20 pounds. Children ages 1-6 and less than 60 pounds must be in an appropriate child restraint system. Adult belts may only be used for children who are 7-15 and less than 60 pounds.
- Drug Impaired Driving- There is currently no law in Connecticut that addresses the issue of driving while under the influence of drugs.
- Drunk Driving- Anyone caught driving drunk may lose their license for 90 days. A BAC over .16 can result in an increased penalty. Repeat offender laws are applicable in Connecticut.
- Helmets- Motorcyclists under 18 are required to wear a motorcycle helmet when operating or riding on a motorcycle. Bicyclists under 16 are required by law to wear a helmet.
- Sobriety Checkpoints– Police are allowed, by law, to conduct sobriety checkpoints.
- Work Zones- Those caught speeding in a work zone where workers are present may be given a ticket that is double the original fine.
The accident attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the above information serves as a good reminder for all drivers in Connecticut. Our law firm aims to not just protect your rights after an accident but to prevent accidents from occurring in the first place. To this end we have written a free, informative book for those purchasing car insurance in Connecticut, Tips on Buying Car Insurance in Connecticut. Save money and protect yourself against dishonest insurance agents, request your free copy today.