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Are Connecticut roads getting safer for drivers


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Apr 18, 2013 in Car Accidents

We often discuss how easy it is for a person to be injured in a car accident. All it takes is the negligence of one driver to cause a crash, and often times these crashes result in serious injuries. One of the most frustrating things for the victim of a car accident in Connecticut to hear is that the crash could have been avoided if the other driver had simply driven more safely.

But the fact is that too many people engage in dangerous driving behaviors. They do things behind the wheel that they know they should not and in the blink of an eye, they end up hurting an innocent person. In fact, a recent study suggests that more than two-thirds of all car accidents in Connecticut  in 2011 were caused by a negligent driver. On the upside, however, it is also reported that car crashes in the state have been declining overall.

The state Department of Transportation recently reported that driver error was to blame for a vast majority of the crashes that were recorded in 2011. A spokesperson for the DOT went as far as to say that virtually all accidents can be prevented by people driving better. This may be true, given the fact that negligence is cited in most car accidents.

The report indicates that there are four behaviors which contributed to over 67 percent of car accidents. Following too closely was the most prevalent and was a factor in 33.85 percent of the crashes. Failure to grant the right of way caused 13.51 percent of accidents. A driver losing control was recorded in over 12 percent of the accidents, and speeding too fast for conditions was to blame in 7.55 percent of the collisions.

Despite the continuing negligence of some drivers, however, the roads are getting safer for drivers. Graduated license laws, improved law enforcement and increased rates of seat belt use are among the factors that are likely having a positive impact on crash statistics. Between 2009 and 2011, the number of accidents in Connecticut has dropped from over 103,000 to 78,437. However, until drivers stop being negligent or reckless behind the wheel, tens of thousands of accidents will continue to happen.

Source: Meriden Patch, "Snapshots of Car Crash Trends in Connecticut -- And Meriden," Michael Hayes, April 18, 2013