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Tips for safe walking around cars:

  • Stay alert - Don't be distracted by electronic devices, including smart phones, MP3 players, headphones, earbuds and other devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  • Always cross within the crosswalk when available.
  • Use a 'walk' signal at intersections when available.
  • Always look LEFT, then RIGHT, then LEFT again before starting to cross
  • If you are in a crosswalk when the orange 'don't walk' signal starts flashing, complete your crossing.
  • Continue to watch for traffic while you cross
  • Be predictable - Do not cross in the middle of a block or between parked cars
  • Be alert for turning vehicles and those that may not stop at stop signs or traffic signals.
  • Make eye contact with drivers when possible - make your presence known to drivers, and don't assume that drivers see you.
  • Always walk on sidewalks when available; if not available, walk facing oncoming traffic.
  • Avoid alcohol or drugs when walking - they impair your judgment and coordination. Almost 50% of pedestrian collisions involve alcohol.

Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise - Connection to Cell Phone Use?

Everyone is a pedestrian at some point in the day. Alarmingly, recent nationwide data demonstrates that pedestrians are experiencing increased fatalities on roadways as compared with other road users. On average, a pedestrian was killed every 1.5 hours in traffic crashes. Traffic Safety Facts: Pedestrians, March 2018. In Connecticut, in the year 2016, there were 293 traffic fatalities: 54 of those were pedestrian fatalities (that's almost 20% of all traffic fatalities). This rise in pedestrian versus car collisions seems to coincide with the rise of mobile phone use. The fact is that while a lot of attention has been directed toward distracted driving, including education campaigns, laws and public information ads, very little attention has been focused on distracted walking.

Workplace Injuries Resulting in Claims Against Third Parties

If you are injured on the job, whether it is in a car, a construction site, or office setting, your sole remedy is through Connecticut's workers' compensation law - Right? Well, not always. Although the Workers' Compensation Act essentially limits any claims arising from workplace injuries to the workers compensation administrative

Who is Responsible if You Are Injured on the Job?

Under Connecticut's Workers' Compensation Act, an employer is responsible for injuries to a worker that arise out of and in the course of the employment. The Act requires the employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier to pay for all related medical bills, lost time from work, and for any permanent injuries sustained by a worker.

Falling Asleep at the Wheel is Negligent, but is it "Reckless"?

Have you ever seen a car swerving back and forth on the highway, straying outside of the lanes? You probably thought this was a drunk driver. But perhaps it was a drowsy driver instead. Our Connecticut courts have had opportunity to address this situation. In the case of Potz v. Williams, 113 Conn 278 (1931), an older case that established a precedent for our current law today, the Court found that drowsy driving could support a claim for negligence. But what makes the decision interesting is the discussion about the driver's failure to stop driving when he knew that he was tired, but decided to continue on regardless. In such cases, there may be a claim for recklessness, which exposes a defendant to greater damages than a simple negligence case.

Profiting From Identity Theft?

Included in the American Association for Justice's "Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017" article, is a report about credit-reporting agency Equifax's massive data breach, and it's attempt to profit from its own negligence. How big was the mishandling of the public's private information? The scope of the breach is estimated to impact almost half of the entire population of the United States. We are talking about people's social security numbers, driver's license numbers, personal identification numbers, dates of birth, and more.

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