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Many in Norwalk may only view the collective cost of car accidents in terms of loss of life. This point of view is understandable, given that the only thing that cannot be fully compensated for following such an accident is the loss of a loved one. Yet this perspective also does not take into account the massive financial toll that car accidents can exact. Few likely realize that (according to information shared by Safer America) car accidents in America have a net financial impact of over $242 billion annually. 

Understanding the consequences of large truck collisions

Motor vehicle collisions of any kind can be devastating, but those involving large trucks can be especially tragic. These accidents frequently claim lives due to the size of large trucks, and even when victims do not pass away they frequently sustain serious injuries that permanently disrupt their lives. Whether a large truck driver has difficulty slowing down due to the size of their vehicle or they slam into another vehicle at a high rate of speed, these accidents often bring significant consequences in Connecticut and across the U.S. As a result, truck drivers and all other drivers should do what they can to avoid a crash.

What are the child safety seat requirements?

Protecting your children is something you do every day as a parent. It should not be something you slack on when it comes to riding in a vehicle. Studies have shown repeatedly that child safety seats save lives. Anytime you put your child in a car, he or she must be in the correct child safety seat based on his or her age and weight. Connecticut law is very specific about these guidelines, and it is your responsibility as a parent to know and understand them.

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.

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