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Road rage is a significant problem

Many Connecticut drivers may be among an overwhelming majority of respondents who reported serious road rage, aggression or anger in the past year in a 2016 survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study also found that 90 percent of drivers thought their safety was endangered by aggressive drivers and that almost two-thirds thought drivers were growing more aggressive.

Study examines children and auto accidents

Researchers are constantly sifting through the data of fatal car accidents. Drivers in Connecticut and throughout the U.S. should pay attention to these statistics, particularly when it involves children under the age of 15. The numbers show that while the number of deaths in an auto accident vary state-by-state, a greater number of deaths happen in the South. Most are linked to a failure to properly use or failure to use restraints in rural crashes.

New technology may identify texting drivers

The phone habits of Connecticut drivers involved in accidents may be scrutinized more closely if a new technology that scans phones after an accident is approved for use by law enforcement. Called the textalyzer because it is based on the Breathalyzer, the device can see what apps were open at the time of the accident, whether people were scanning and swiping and what their actions were in the moments before the accident. The device also distinguishes whether the people were in hands-free mode. However, privacy advocates have raised concerns that access to phones could lead to civil liberties violations.

PTSD caused from auto accidents may merit personal injury claims

Following a serious car accident in Connecticut, injured victims have the right to file personal injury claims to pursue damages related to the crash. However, while many auto accident-related injuries are obvious, others, like post-traumatic stress disorder, are not clearly visible and can be difficult to prove.

Seeking compensation for injuries in tailgating crashes

In the event of a car accident, those who suffer injuries might question who is at fault. With Connecticut crashes that involve drivers following the vehicles ahead of them too closely, they are usually the liable parties. Those in the car ahead should keep a few factors in mind if they seek compensation for their injuries.

Facts about distracted driving

Connecticut residents may or may not be surprised to learn that the worst-behaved drivers on U.S. roadways are young millennials. Data released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that nearly 90 percent of millennial drivers engage in at least one dangerous activity while behind the wheel.

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.