In Connecticut, the warmer weather means that many people go outside and engage in numerous activities with family members and friends. This is the season that has been named one of the most dangerous times of the year. This is due to the fact that there are many more people out on the roads either going to parties, picnics, gatherings, graduations, road trips, vacations, and more. Here is a list of some of the top summer accidents which cause a large number of injuries and fatalities.
This is the time of the year when our roadways fill up. This is especially true on weekends when the weather is pleasant. People attend parties, go to barbecues and dinners, attend concerts, go to neighborhood gatherings, go on road trips, visit with family and friends and go on vacation. The reasons why car accidents occur during the summertime include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs;
- Violating motor vehicle laws including reckless driving, speeding, not obeying traffic signals and stop signs, and tailgating;
- Engaging in distracted driving, which could include: talking on a cell phone, texting, eating while driving, talking to other people in the motor vehicle, using the radio or navigation system; and driving while drowsy.
It stands to reason that more people ride bicycles when the weather is warmer and nicer. This is especially true during the summertime and in vacation destination locations. Some people bicycle for exercise and even ride in groups or with clubs. While other people ride bicycles recreationally with family members or friends. someone on a bicycle is relatively unprotected, a collision with a motor vehicle could cause life-threatening or fatal injuries and could include the following consequences:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Cuts and lacerations
During the warm summer months, many people will either walk as some form of exercise or may jog or run while out on our roadways. The number of pedestrian accidents goes up during these months and it is not uncommon to see these accidents caused by: drunk drivers; people failing to stop at stop signs or red lights; people failing to grant the right of way; people violating traffic laws such as speeding and reckless driving; and accidents happening at crosswalks. Pedestrians have very little protection against motor vehicle accidents and sometimes suffer significant injuries.
Hospital emergency rooms see an increase in the number of admissions for motorcycle accidents during the summer months. Motorcyclists are at a greatly increased risk of being involved in a fatal accident if they are involved in some type of an accident. Someone riding a motorcycle will not have the added protection of a motor vehicle such as being enclosed within a steel frame, airbags, seatbelts, and other safety devices that are present in a larger vehicle. Motorcycle accident injuries can run the gamut from death to spinal cord injuries to traumatic brain injuries and severe fractures.
What to Do After an Accident
If you are loved one has been injured in any type of accident, which has been caused by the fault of another, there are a great number of things that you need to be aware of and must deal with as soon as possible. Naturally, you will need to deal with your injury, get medical care and attention, deal with your lack of income, get your vehicle repaired if it involves a motor vehicle accident, and a host of other problems.
Our Connecticut accident attorneys have decades of experience in helping injured parties and their families deal with the fallout from a great number of different types of accidents. We want you to concentrate on getting better from your injuries so we take care of everything else. Once you hire our Connecticut personal injury lawyers, we will manage your case, assist you in answering all of your questions, advise you as to what you should be doing and what you should not be doing, and we will counsel you on what you need to do to help us get you the most amount of money for your injury case.
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