Each day, there are hundreds or even thousands of accidents occurring on highways across the country. Unfortunately, those in Connecticut aren’t immune to this trend.
If you are involved in an accident on a Connecticut highway, you have rights. One right is to hold the at-fault party responsible for your injuries and losses. Our auto accident lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are here to help you do just that. We can provide solid representation for your case to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Along with getting legal help after an accident, it can be helpful to learn what the most common accidents that occur on Connecticut highways are. Keep reading to find out.
Distracted Driving Accidents
The most common cause of accidents on the highways of Connecticut is distracted driving. In fact, this results in more accidents each year (around the country) than all other major causes of accidents combined.
Not only does distracted driving result in car accidents, but truck accidents, too.
Many drivers become distracted while they are driving for a few reasons. Some of the top causes of distracted driving include:
- Phone use
- Adjusting the radio or thermostat
- Talking to passengers
- Eating or drinking
This isn’t an extensive list, but it does give you an idea of some of the types of distractions that occur that result in accidents. Not only do accidents happen, but distracted driving accidents are usually more serious than others.
Speeding is another common cause of highway accidents in Connecticut. Since speeding accidents usually occur when someone is traveling over the set speed limit, it is also the main cause of accidents that result in a fatality.
If you drive over the speed limit, you aren’t alone. Almost everyone has done this at some point. While this is true, it is also extremely dangerous and illegal. If you speed, it means you may lose control of your vehicle and cause an accident. The faster that a vehicle is going, the longer it will take to slow down if an issue occurs ahead of them.
If you are involved in an accident caused by a driver who was speeding, it isn’t unusual to have serious, life-changing injuries. In some cases, these accidents are fatal. At this point, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
Another top cause of accidents on Connecticut highways is drunk driving. This is especially true for the weekend and on holidays. If someone drives after they drink, then their response time and ability to focus on what they are doing are reduced significantly. This increases the potential of an accident significantly.
In Connecticut, the limit for alcohol consumption is 0.08%. If you exceed this amount, then it means you are impaired, and you should not get behind the wheel. However, for some, even a small amount of alcohol may increase the potential of an accident.
It’s important to remember that it is 100% possible to prevent a drunk driving accident. Never drive after drinking or have someone drive you.
Tailgating, changing lanes without looking first, speeding, and not paying attention to road signs are all signs of reckless driving. While this is an illegal driving habit, it is also a common cause of highway accidents.
In some situations, reckless driving involves motorists who aren’t concerned about what is going on around them. When this happens, especially if alcohol is involved, it can be a deadly combination.
Rain and Adverse Weather Conditions
Rain and other types of weather conditions are also common causes of accidents on Connecticut highways. If the road gets too wet, then vehicles will lose their grip, which may cause them to slide across the surface. This also reduces the control they have while increasing the risk of an accident occurring.
In some cases, accidents related to the weather are made worse if your car is not properly maintained.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney for Help with Your Claim
If you are involved in a car accident, our legal team is here to help. We have represented thousands of clients who have suffered injuries in accidents on Connecticut highways. We will provide you with the legal expertise needed to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
The first step is to call us and schedule a free initial consultation. We will review the facts of your case and create a plan of action to help you recover the compensation you deserve. If someone caused your accident and injuries, you deserve to recover the damages.