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Hundreds of accidents in Connecticut reported over Thanksgiving


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Dec 03, 2014 in Car Accidents

Last week we wrote a blog post that discussed how dangerous roads throughout the nation become over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. To help address that issue in the state of Connecticut, the state police increased patrol beginning the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, through the following Sunday. Now that weekend is over, we have statistics regarding the traffic issues that arose during that period of time. 

As of Sunday afternoon, police reported being called to the scene of 665 car accidents. Of those 665 accidents, 88 resulted in someone being injured. Sadly one person, a 29-year-old man, died in a traffic related crash the specifics surrounding which, are unknown.

Over the holiday weekend law enforcement officers did more than just respond to emergency calls. They were also on the lookout for drivers participating in illegal behavior. As a result, they caught and stopped many motorists doing things they were not supposed to be doing. More specifically they:

  • Caught close to 890 people speeding.
  • Issued tickets to approximately 300 people who were not wearing seat belts.
  • Cited almost 2,600 drivers for engaging in hazardous moving violations such as using a cell phone while driving or tailgating.

Though the severity of the injuries suffered by the 88 who were hurt in traffic accidents is not clear, it is possible that some of those people were seriously hurt. Those serious injuries could result in a long period of recovery and possibly even permanent disability. In addition to being physically and emotionally difficult to deal with, these situations can become expensive as well. Covering such expenses can be hard to do particularly when one is too hurt to work.

If the negligence of another person is to blame for the injury inducing accident occurring, it is possible that a personal injury lawsuit could be filed against the responsible parties. Anything recovered in a successful lawsuit could help to cover related costs.

Source: CBS Connecticut, “665 Accidents, 25 DUI Arrests In Connecticut" Nov. 30, 2014