Upgrades could help reduce car accidents in the Hartford area
If you live in Connecticut, you probably know that driving in the greater Hartford area can be treacherous – and some areas are more dangerous than others.
With an eye toward safety, the state Department of Transportation is developing a regional transportation plan that includes several small projects, according to an article in the Hartford Courant. While they might not be “big-ticket projects,” the focus on small initiatives will likely have a big impact on transportation safety, officials say.
Areas with poorly designed intersections or locations where heavily traveled highways meet smaller roads used by pedestrians or bicyclists can lead to serious crashes.
That’s why it’s critical for drivers to stay alert behind the wheel, especially when negotiating dangerous intersections or when sharing the road with vulnerable users such as cyclists or pedestrians.
Accident hot spots in Hartford
The Courant article cites some hot spots for car accidents, including Pulaski Circle in downtown Hartford where cars come off of I-91. Crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists have been reported in this location, as well as rear-end car accidents.
To help combat the issue, the state may need to reconstruct the roadway into a modern roundabout or intersection with traffic lights.
Other safety strategies include (according to the Hartford Courant report):
- Strengthening the connection between Goodwin University and East Hartford.
- Realigning the curve on I-91 near Coltsville in Hartford
- Improving bus service at night
- Improving the bicycle network around the rail station in Windsor
- Upgrading the Hartford Line
- Improving pedestrian amenities around bus stops along Charter Road in Wethersfield
Negligence often leads to car accidents
It may be years before these improvements are made, and it’s important to remember that safety upgrades are just one piece of the puzzle. Keep in mind that it only takes one negligent driver to cause a crash that leaves you or someone you love severely injured.
Common forms of negligent driving in Connecticut include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Distracted driving, including texting and driving
- Speeding and other forms of aggressive driving (e.g., tailgating, unsafe lane changes)
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Fatigued driving
Drivers who make reckless choices behind the wheel must be held accountable when they cause accidents. Drivers and passengers in other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users can face serious injuries or even death because of negligent actions by others.
Crash victims should know their legal options
A car accident in the greater Hartford area can have a significant impact on your life. Serious crashes often result in costly medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. You may be unable to work or enjoy hobbies. Even doing household chores can feel impossible.
That’s why you need an experienced Connecticut car accident lawyer who can stand by your side and fight to make you whole again. Don’t risk your claim by trying to deal with the insurance companies on your own. Let our car accident attorneys advocate for your best interests and fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
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