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March 2017 Archives

Will Connecticut crackdown on distracted driving?

Distracted driving can take many forms. In some cases, a driver is distracted due to the use of a smartphone, in others it is the arguing of children in the backseat. Whatever takes a driver's attention away from the road can be considered a distraction. Although this is a pretty broad definition, there are clearly some forms that are known to be more dangerous than others.

Autonomous cars may change and complicate claims

Many companies are developing prototypes for driverless cars. The technology is currently in its beginning stages, with some cars having partial autonomy but still requiring an alert driver at the wheel. If cars become fully autonomous, claims could become more complicated, and laws in Connecticut and across the United States have yet to keep pace with the changes. This can leave people who have been injured in a collision with a driverless car uncertain about how their accident claim and lawsuit may play out.

Challenges associated with driverless trucks

Connecticut truck drivers spend enormous amounts of time on the road. This keeps them away from their families, and it also creates a potential risk of driving while fatigued. The co-founder of Starsky Robotics believes that autonomous commercial trucks may allow truck drivers to spend more time at home and to still work, but they'll be able to do so in a safer environment.

Rise in deadly car accidents in Connecticut

According to new estimates from the National Safety Council, fatal accidents have increased to levels above those in 2007. Lower gas prices and a stronger economy may be partially responsible for the surge. Fatalities hit 40,200 in 2016, which represents a six percent increase over 2015.