A car accident attorney explains why fatal crashes are rising in CT
After the lockdowns at the start of the pandemic in 2020, Connecticut roads were less traveled than any time in recent memory. But while fewer cars were on the roads, more people were dying in accidents than a year earlier when there was more traffic.
According to a report in the CT Mirror, officials could not explain why road deaths were up at the start of the pandemic. Some believed it might have been a psychological reaction to the difficult times during the pandemic. Drivers who were more stressed out than ever might have taken more risks than they did during “normal” times.
What are the causes of fatal crashes in CT?
The CT Mirror article reports that reckless driving was on the rise during the pandemic. Drivers went faster when there were fewer cars sharing the road. Recklessness behind the wheel is one of the top causes of serious car accidents in Connecticut, including:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Distracted driving (e.g., texting and driving, using a cellphone, talking to a passenger, etc.)
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
It’s not only Connecticut that’s seeing an increase in roadway deaths. The CT Insider reports that deadly crashes are on the rise throughout the country.
Common types of deadly car accidents include:
- Rear-end collisions
- Intersection crashes
- Head-on collisions
- Hit-and-run crashes
What are common car accident injuries?
On Connecticut roads, drivers and passengers are also at risk of getting seriously injured in the event of a crash. The following are some of the most common car accident injuries:
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
- Facial injuries
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Spinal cord injuries that may cause partial or permanent paralysis
- Internal injuries
- Fractured and broken bones
What to do after a car accident in Connecticut
If you were injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Negligence, or who was in the wrong, may seem clear to you, but seeking compensation can become a complex ordeal. The insurance company may try to place blame on you. Insurance adjusters often will do anything they can to keep payments to a minimum or deny the claim outright. That’s because they have a vested interest in paying you as little money as possible.
When to speak with a car accident lawyer
Don’t talk to the insurance company before you talk to an experienced attorney about your legal rights and options. If you lost a loved one or were injured in a car accident, contact the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli. Don’t try to deal with the insurance company on your own. We have years of experience working with clients and going up against insurance companies.
Our knowledgeable car accident attorneys will listen to you and help you decide how to proceed. We put resources and experience to work for clients to help them maximize compensation.
Don’t delay after an accident. Contact us today to find out how we can help. Your consultation is free, and you pay nothing until we win your case. Tell them you mean business!