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According to the 2010 Traffic Safety Facts released by the US Department of Transport, Connecticut recorded the highest increase in the number of auto accident fatalities. Traffic crashes in the state resulted in 319 deaths compared to 224 in 2009, registering an increase of about 42 percent. In January 2002, celebrated editor of Amazing Stories Cele Goldsmith Lalli lost her life in an accident in Newtown. In June 2004, ex-NBA star Manute Bol received injuries after his cab rolled over near Hartford killing the driver on the spot. Two months later a head-on collision in Westport left singer Eartha Kitt injured.
In March 2012, budding football player and Oxford School sophomore Brandon Giordano was killed in a Connecticut car crash in Seymour. On July 2, a three-car crash in Stratford resulted in injuries to occupants of all vehicles and halted traffic on Route 15 northbound. Four days later, a single vehicle crash in Bloomfield killed a 37-year-old passenger. July 8 was one of the most tragic days in the state, as three separate Connecticut auto accidents resulted in two fatalities and seven injuries. One was killed and three were hospitalized in motorcycle-car collision in East Lyme while two were found dead in Torrington after their car crashed into two telephone poles. A pregnant woman was seriously injured in Fairfield after a burglar chased by police rammed his car into the SUV of the victim.
Rear-end collision responsible for one in every three traffic crashes is the biggest factor in Connecticut car accidents. Driver distraction is responsible for 13 percent of the crashes, while speed accounts for nearly one in every 10 Connecticut traffic crashes. Most of the fatalities, about 66 percent, occurred in 2010 following vehicle roadway departures. This hints at driver error or driver losing control over vehicles as a major reason in traffic accidents. Alcohol consumption is another important cause, with 46 percent of drivers involved in accidents in 2010 were charged with DUI.
The highest numbers of Connecticut car accidents were reported in Fairfield, with one in every three road crashes occurring in the county. Hartford and New Haven counties accounted for 26 percent of total car crashes while New London had just a 7 percent share. Hartford leads the number among the cities reported for the maximum number of Connecticut car accidents followed by Bridgeport, Waterbury, and Norwalk. The list of other towns with a high number of traffic accidents every year includes Danbury, Bristol, East Hartford, Fairfield, Greenwich, Hamden, Manchester, Meriden, Milford, New Britain, Norwich, West Haven, and Wallingford.
In Connecticut, one injured in an accident is eligible to claim compensations from the person at fault. These include,
A victim injured in a Connecticut car accident is allowed to seek compensation for the aforementioned damages, provided that he has sufficient evidence to establish the fault of the other party. He can seek compensation in any of the three ways.
Connecticut auto accident compensation is awarded based on modified comparative negligence doctrine. It allows the plaintiff to claim damages only if his fault does not exceed the negligence of all defendants. One is able to recover damages only if he is 50 percent or less liable for the accident. The award to the claimant is reduced in proportion to his negligence.
In April 2012, a 20-year-old Milford woman Elisha Vernucci received $495,000 as compensation settlement for injuries she suffered following 2005 Connecticut car accident in Westport. The defendant convicted for DUI and wrong driving rammed his car into her, causing serious neck and back injuries for Vernucci. In January, the state of Connecticut paid $50,000 to settle a car accident compensation claim filed by a North Haven woman. The plaintiff suffered from psychological disorder after the vehicle she was driving was hit by another car chased by police in 2006.
In March 2011, the Danbury Superior Court awarded $1.5 million to a man, who lost his ability, in a vehicle-related explosion. In 2009, a Middletown jury awarded $100,000 in a Connecticut car accident lawsuit resulting in wrongful death. A university student badly injured in a car accident near the University of Connecticut campus got $365,000 in damages. The Hartford Superior Court ordered the defendant accused of drunk driving to pay $275,000 to plaintiff, who suffered from concussion and shoulder injury following the accident.
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