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January 2017 Archives

Apple sued for not releasing texting safety feature

A study published by the U.S. Department of Transportation suggests that as many as 1.5 million drivers throughout Connecticut and the rest of the U.S. could be texting and driving at any given moment. The NHTSA has concluded that texting while behind the wheel is six times more dangerous than driving drunk. Because of these sobering statistics, leading electronics manufacturers and software developers have sometimes been accused of not doing enough to address the problem.

Connecticut man receives 18-month sentence for drunk driving

A 32-year old Connecticut man will spend 18 months in prison after entering Alford pleas to charges of assault with a motor vehicle and driving under the influence. Alford pleas are entered by defendants who maintain innocence but admit that the prosecutor has sufficient evidence to convince a jury. The man's sentence, which also calls for three years of probation, was handed down on Jan. 17.

Proving liability in a Connecticut truck accident

Each year, a number of people are seriously injured or killed in Connecticut accidents involving commercial trucks or other commercial vehicles. If your or your loved one has suffered a serious injury in such a collision, you may find that the trucking company and its insurer may fight to keep from paying you the damages that you should receive.

Reducing alcohol-related crashes in Connecticut

A study from the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research indicates that breathalyzer lock laws have prevented approximately 1,250 fatal accidents involving a drunk driver. Breathalyzer locks, sometimes referred to as ignition interlock devices, require that people perform a blood alcohol concentration test before a vehicle will start. If someone is over the legal limit, the ignition will not turn over.

NHTSA suggests disabling phone features

Phase 2 of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Driver Distraction Guidelines have been released, and they include a call for phone manufacturers to limit the features that passenger and commercial vehicle drivers can use while they are on the road. These guidelines are not mandatory, and they would help to cut down on distracted driving caused by people using a mobile device while behind the wheel on Connecticut roadways.