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Stamford Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Thermal burns might be very serious injuries

A thermal burn is one that occurs because of exposure to a hot object. In a car accident, there is a chance that you can suffer this type of burn if something catches on fire or if you are thrust up against something hot in the crash. Even steam can lead to this type of injury.

Treating a thermal burn starts at the scene of the accident. You need to prevent the burn from worsening more than what it already has. This entails a comprehensive approach to the problem.

The intersection of truckers and drunk driving is dangerous

We've recently discussed semitruck crashes and how devastating these accidents can be for the victims. What some people don't realize is that semitruck accidents might be fully preventable. One instance of this is when a trucker is drunk and decides to drive.

The legal limit for a commercial driver is much lower than the limit for other drivers. A person who is driving any commercial vehicle, including a semitruck, has a legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit of .04 percent in Connecticut. This means that a commercial vehicle accident might be a drunk driving accident even if it wouldn't fall under that classification when personal vehicles are involved.

Pay attention to blind spots around semitrucks

Truckers on the roads have to take special actions to remain safe on the roads. Other drivers on the roads have to be sure that they are driving safely around semitrucks. There is a chance that a driver on the road can cause an accident between a semitruck and another vehicle.

One thing that drivers have to be aware of is that there are large blind spots around semitrucks. When a vehicle is in a blind spot, the trucker can't see the vehicle. This could be disastrous for the other vehicles on the road because the trucker might hit them without even knowing they are there.

Semitruck crashes might require reports to a government agency

The records that are associated with a semitruck crash are often important when the victim of the accident chooses to seek compensation for the damages of the crash. One thing that might come into the picture is the record from a report to the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Not all accidents are DOT-recordable crashes. There are three things that can require an accident to be recordable. If the accident is fatal, if one of the vehicles has to be towed or if an injury requires immediate medical attention, the accident has to be reported to the DOT.

Football season is a prime time for drunk drivers

We are in a very dangerous time of year right now. Football season is leading to parties and the busy fall and winter holiday season is fast approaching, which means that there are parties to celebrate those holidays. All of these parties mean that people might be consuming alcohol more frequently as they party.

While the consumption of alcohol in itself isn't an issue, there is the problem of people who drink and then assume that they can drive home. These individuals put everyone around them at risk of being injured in a crash. We don't think that this is ever an acceptable risk for a drunk person to take with another person's life.

Know what to do after being hit by a drunk driver

Being hit by a drunk driver is something that drastically change your life. Determining what you need to do after the accident is difficult. One thing that you will need to do, in most cases, is to seek medical care. This helps you to get an official diagnosis that can help you to know what you need to do to address the injuries.

Another thing that you might do is to seek compensation, but don't think that this is automatically going to be from the drunk driver. There is a chance that you could share some of the fault in the matter. One example of this is if run a stop sign and a drunk driver slams into your vehicle, you will likely share in the fault.

Don't wait too long to seek compensation after the accident

Safety is key when pedestrians and drivers are sharing the same space. When drivers are moving around the Stamford area, they need to exercise extreme caution to make sure that they don't slam into an innocent person. We understand that everyone is in a rush to get to their destination; however, this can't trump safety.

Pedestrians who are struck by a vehicle can suffer a variety of injuries. In the best scenario, the pedestrian will only suffer bumps and bruises. In the worst case, the pedestrian can die. The situations between those are also horrific. Broken bones, brain damage and spinal cord injuries might all occur.

Pedestrians and drivers should use proper safety techniques

Pedestrians and drivers need to take steps to make sure that the people who are walking around can remain safe throughout their journey. When either party has a few too many drinks or acts in an unsafe manner, there is a chance that someone is going to get hurt -- more than likely this person will be the pedestrian.

Crosswalks are a main component of pedestrian safety. People who are walking around should make sure that they know where these are located and cross the street in them instead of just crossing anywhere. Drivers should watch for crosswalks and remember that pedestrians do have the right of way there.

Insurance claims and claims for compensation take work

In our previous blog post, we discussed how teen drivers need good examples and clear expectations before they head out on the roads by themselves. Many parents take the time to ensure that their teen is ready for the open road; however, there are some parents who don't take this seriously.

Any driver, including teens and adults, who isn't ready to drive and who isn't taking the responsibility seriously might end up causing an accident. This is a devastating situation for an innocent bystander, especially when there is a catastrophic injury that comes along with the accident. These injuries can mean that you aren't able to return to work and that you have unfathomable medical bills coming in because of the injury.

Teen drivers need clear expectations and good examples

Parents who have teens know that there is some trepidation regarding the teen starting to drive. These parents need to make sure that the new driver or permit holder has all of the necessary tools to drive safely on the roadways. There are several ways that parents can do this.

First, make sure that you set clear expectations for the teen. Make it clear that you won't allow smartphone use while the teen is driving. Let the teen know that his or her only focus while driving should be on the road. Being distracted by other vehicle occupants, the radio, a phone or anything else could mean that the teen gets into an accident.

John LaCava has done a more than excellent job representing me in my personal injury law suit. His thorough and caring manner had me completely at ease throughout the process and gave me full confidence in my representation. I would highly recommend him to anyone going through the kind of painful accident I experienced, as the attorney who will ensure that your case is taken care of in a truly professional and very experienced way. - Patt Cartolano
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