Red Light Running Motor Vehicle Accidents

Red Light Running

Many drivers can relate to squeezing through a yellow light. However, there is a thin line between pushing a yellow and running a red, and red light running causes many accidents: between multiple motor vehicles, with pedestrians and with cyclists.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were an estimated 133,000 injuries from motor vehicle accidents caused by red light running. Red light running also resulted in 683 documented fatalities in 2012. The drivers involved in fatal red light running accidents were more likely to be male, younger, and have prior crashes or alcohol-impaired driving records. Red light runners were more likely to be speeding or alcohol-impaired at the time of the crash.

If you or a loved one were injured or killed in a red light running motor vehicle accident, you need to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Seek medical care, but do not contact the insurance companies. Speaking to the insurance company or signing their paperwork could make your injuries unrecoverable. A personal injury attorney will be able to guide you through the entire personal injury recovery process.

At The Law Office of Eugene Glouzgal, we offer free consultations to all our prospective clients. Not sure if you have a claim? Contact us today so that we may review your case.

Fatal Bicycle Accident Statistics : Two Percent of All Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths are Bicyclists

Fatal Bicycle Accident Statistics

Including Bicyclist Motor Vehicle Crashes

 

As the summer begins, bicyclists will begin to hit the streets to enjoy the beautiful weather. As the number of cyclists on the streets increases, so will the chance for, and occurrence of, crashes between bicyclists and motor vehicles. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, two percent of all motor vehicle deaths nationally are bicyclists.

In 2012, the last year for which data is available, there were a total of 722 bicyclists killed in fatal bicycle accidents that involved crashes with motor vehicles. This amounted to a six percent (6%) increase from 2011.

Here are some fatal bicycle accident statistics that should help cyclists and motor vehicle drivers:

1. Eighty three percent (83%) of cyclists killed in fatal bicycle accidents are persons older than 20 years of age;

2. Deaths among bicyclists older than 20 years of age have increased by one hundred ninety three percent (193%) since 1975;

3. Deaths among bicyclists younger than 20 years of age have decreased by eighty four percent (84%) since 1975;

4. Sixty nine percent (69%) of fatal bicycle accidents occurred in urban areas, while only thirty one percent (31%) of fatal bicycle accidents were in rural areas;

5. In 2012, fatal bicycle accidents were highest in the months of July, August and October; and

6. In 2012, fatal bicycle accidents were lowest in the months of January, February and December.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycle motor vehicle crash, you need to contact a personal injury attorney. The injured party or their family is entitled to compensation for their losses. After seeking medical care, the next concern is preserving your claim. This includes contacting an attorney before you speak to the insurance company and before you sign any documents.

The Law Office of Eugene Glouzgal offers free consultations to all of our prospective clients. Not sure if you have a claim? Let us review your case and advise you accordingly. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 203-794-6691.

Compensation for Passenger Injury in a Car Accident

Seeking Compensation for Passenger Injury

Passengers Injured In Car Accidents Have Multiple Avenues of Recovery

 

When an accident is imminent, it is human nature for the driver to swerve and attempt to take the impact on a part of the car furthest from them. Sadly, this usually results in the impact being on a portion of the car that might be filled with passengers and therefore results in passenger injury.

 

If you or a loved one sustain a passenger injury while in the car of a friend or family member, you will need the assistance of a personal injury attorney. There are many different circumstances to consider, and only a personal injury attorney can advise you on which compensation path to take in your passenger injury case.

 

Sometimes, the driver of the third vehicle is at fault for the passenger injury claim. If the driver fails to stop for a Stop sign, runs a red light, or makes some other type of roadway infraction, they will be liable to you as the passenger of the vehicle they struck. If their insurance limits are not sufficient to compensate you for your passenger injury, or even worse if they do not have insurance, you will be able to seek compensation from your friend or family members’ insurance company.

 

Other times, it is your friend or family member who is at fault for your passenger injury. Whether a simple mistake that causes a crash, or something more serious like driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you as the passenger are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Your friend or family member pays insurance premiums, and as an injured passenger you need to make sure the insurance company meets their obligation to compensate you. This can be accomplished by hiring a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the passenger injury occurs.

 

At The Law Office of Eugene Glouzgal we help our clients by leading them through the personal injury compensation process from beginning to end, including passenger injury claims. We consult our clients on seeking medical attention, we perform investigations into liability, we compile all the paperwork, we contact insurance companies and liable parties, and we make sure our clients are fully informed the whole way as we get them compensated for their injuries. Contact us today for a Free Consultation with No Obligation by calling us at 203-794-6691, by e-mail at Glouzgal@CAttorney.us or by using our contact form.

What is Traveling Unreasonably Fast in Connecticut?

Traveling Unreasonably Fast and Car Accidents: What is Traveling Unreasonably Fast in Connecticut?

Every driver has been in the situation where going as fast as allowed by the posted speed limit would have caused a car accident. Therefore, the laws of the State of Connecticut draw a distinct difference between speeding and “traveling unreasonably safe”. While a driver may be complying with posted speed limits and therefore not speeding, their speed might still be too fast to be safe to the surrounding public.

Connecticut General Statute § 14-218a, titled “Traveling unreasonably fast. Establishment of speed limits,” outlines both the process for setting speed limits, and the guidelines for driving safely. It reads, in relevant part:

“No person shall operate a motor vehicle upon any public highway of the state,…upon a private road on which a speed limit has been established…, or upon any school property, at a rate of speed greater than is reasonable, having regard to the width, traffic and use of highway, road or parking area, the intersection of streets and weather conditions.…Any speed in excess of such limits [posted speed limits …shall be prima facie evidence that such speed is not reasonable, but the fact that the speed of a vehicle is lower than such limits shall not relieve the operator from the duty to decrease speed when a special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions…Any person who operates a motor vehicle at a greater rate of speed than is reasonable, other than speeding, as provided for in section 14-219, shall commit the infraction of traveling unreasonably fast.”

The point of this statute is that while Connecticut drivers are require to stay below the speed limit, drivers are also required to adapt their driving speed to safely navigate the roads based upon special hazards. Failure to travel at a reasonable rate of speed may only be punishable by an infraction, which includes a fine, but it also has implications if the failure to drive reasonably causes a car accident.

If driving unreasonably fast causes a car accident, creating injury to the property and body of another driver or passengers, or pedestrians, the attorney of the injured person will claim that not only was the unreasonably fast driver negligent, but that they were also reckless. While proving negligence is sometimes difficult, an argument for recklessness is another arrow in the personal injury attorney’s quiver. Since recklessness is a higher level of liability, winning a personal injury case based on negligence becomes much easier and more likely.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident by a driver who wasn’t speeding, but acted recklessly by traveling unreasonably fast for the conditions at that time, you will need help. First, you should seek immediate medical attention. Then you need to contact a Connecticut licensed personal injury attorney. At The Law Office of Eugene Glouzgal, LLC, our passion is helping those injured by negligent or reckless people get compensated for their damaged property or injured body. Contact us today by phone, at 203-794-6691, or by e-mail at Glouzgal@CTAttorney.us.

Car Accidents Resulting in Bone Fractures

Car Accident Bone Fracture Locations and Types

One of the common force trauma injuries caused by car accidents is bone fracture. Bone fractures resulting from a motor vehicle collision cause multiple problems for the injured driver. Since bone fractures do not instantly cause large amounts of pain, injured drivers might think they are not injured right after the accident, not feeling the pain until the adrenaline wears off. This creates a time gap during which the fractured bone can be further damaged. Bone fractures, unlike breaks, are usually not set in a cast, slowing the healing process and causing discomfort for extended periods of time.

Some of the commonly fractured bones during a car accident include, but are not limited to:

  • Arm Fracture– a very common fracture in car accidents. Driver’s arms are in danger from air bags and the steering wheel. As they are often used to brace ones self, they are often put in harms way.
  • Wrist Fracture– being a much smaller and more delicate set of bones, a wrist fracture can take extended periods of time to heal.
  • Clavicle or Collarbone – a painful fracture that can cause the loss of arm strength.  A very slow and sometimes painful healing process may follow.
  • Rib Fracture– rib fractures in car accidents are often caused by airbag deployment. A fractured rib can cause shortness of breath, loss of arm strength, as well as causing pain with every breath. This is further complicated when fractures occurred in multiple ribs, also increasing recovery time and sometimes requiring reinforcement of the ribs with screws or plates.
  • Sternal Fracture– the sternum, the bone in the center of the chest, connects all of the ribs. Sternal fractures are often a sign of damage to the organs it usually protects. Sternal fractures require a long healing process during which breathing will be shallow and painful.
  • Femur Shaft Fracture– femur fractures are often caused by t-bone accidents. Femur fracture are extremely and instantly painful.

Bone fractures during car accidents are caused in many ways, and can lead to many types of fractures. Some times of fractures that are caused in car accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Non-Displaced Fracture– the fractured bone stays in place and the body part is still functional. May not be immediately noticeable, creating a risk of complication.
  • Displaced Fracture– the bone fracture causes dis-alignment of the bone, increasing healing time.
  • Comminuted Fracture– bone shatters into multiple pieces.
  • Closed Fracture– when a bone breaks but does not protrude from the skin.
  • Compound Fracture– also known as an “open fracture”. The fractured bone breaks the skin, creating an open wound.
  • Longitudinal Fracture– a fracture that runs vertically down the length of the bone.
  • Spiral Fracture– a fracture where the bone has been twisted. Will require realignment.
  • Direct Fracture– a fracture that occurs at the spot of the impact.
  • Indirect Fracture– a fracture that happens at a spot on the bone different than the spot of impact.
  • Dislocation Fracture– a bone fracture close to a joint, causing dislocation of that joint.
  • Impacted Fracture– a fracture of the bone caused by compression of the bone.

If you are injured in a car accident, you need to seek immediate medical attention. Only a medical professional will be able to diagnose and address your injuries, especially those that are not immediately noticeable.

You will need to reach maximum medical recovery before your attorney can settle your claim. Therefore, proper and timely healing of your injuries is important not only to your recovery and your continued health, but to your personal injury claim as well.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, you need to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The personal injury attorney will be able to offer their experience in seeking medical care as well as offer letters of protection where necessary to get you the best medical care possible.

Slippery Roads and Sun Glare Cause Fatal Four Car Accident in Brookfield CT

Slippery Roads and Sun Glare Cause Fatal Four Car Accident in Brookfield CT

31-year-old New Milford Woman Fatal Injured in Four Car Pile Up

A gruesome car accident occurred this past Monday on Route 25/Whisconier Road in Brookfield. Icy conditions and glare for southbound drivers caused a four car pile up, resulting in one death.

The multi-car accident began when a minivan stopped for a school bus and was rear ended by a Toyota Corolla causing minor damage to both vehicles. As the drivers were exchanging insurance information a third vehicle, a Honda Fit, driven by 31-year-old New Milford resident Erin Morrarty, side swept the Toyota.

Ms. Morrarty exited her vehicle and was standing behind the Toyota when a fourth car, a Jeep Cherokee driven by 24-year-old Ryan Derrig, struck Morrarty and then the Toyota, pinning the woman between the two vehicles.

Morrarty was rushed to Danbury Hospital. Sadly, she was pronounced dead soon after arriving.

While the car accident is still under investigation, Police believe the cause was a combination of slippery conditions and bad visibility. Police have not said whether speed, distracted driving or some other form of reckless driving was involved in causing the car accident.

Ice and snow reflect a lot of light, and glare can become a big problem during the winter months. When you combine a lack of visibility with slippery roads, it becomes difficult for drivers to anticipate and react to road hazards. Sometimes the road hazard is ice and snow itself, and sometimes it is an accident that was already caused by the slippery conditions. Maintaining a proper speed for conditions, and reducing speed when encountering poor visibility, are tactics that should always be employed.

If you are in a car accident, do not exit your vehicle immediately. Wait until it is safe to do so, and then make sure to move a sufficient distance from the crash site.

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Flying Ice Car Accidents : CT Law Requires Removal of Snow/Ice

Flying Ice Car Accidents : CT Law Requires Removal of Snow/Ice

Flying Ice/Snow Removal Statute Now Applies to ALL Drivers

A snow and ice storm has just passed, and you are feeling comfortable on the roads once again. You are merging onto the highway behind a car with a roof rack that is packed with snow and ice from the snow storm one day ago. As you both accelerate up to traveling speed, the snow and ice lifts off of the vehicle in front of you in one piece, travels 10 feet in the air, and slams into your windshield. BOOM! Your windshield is covered in snow and ice, if not totally destroyed, and your vision is obstructed instantly. This is a recipe for disaster.

The first time you experience flying ice as a driver can be very scary. Flying ice happens when built up snow and ice is not cleared from the tops of vehicles. As they accelerate, parts, chunks and sometimes sheets of ice come flying off of their vehicles. This usually happens on the highway, where high speeds create a lot of wind resistance, lifting the sheets of ice off of vehicles. Due to the high speeds of highway travel, there is less time to react to the flying ice. In dense traffic situations, avoiding the flying ice may be impossible, as you have to maintain your lane of travel in order to avoid collision.

In the State of Connecticut, drivers are required by law to clear snow and ice from all parts of their vehicle after a snow storm. Connecticut General Statute Section 14-252(a), titled “Removal of ice and snow from motor vehicle required” was enacted specifically to battle the issue of flying ice. It requires that snow be removed from the hood, roof and trunk of the vehicle.

At first, the statute applied only to non-commercial vehicles. Failure to remove snow and ice is a minimum fine of $75. Failure to remove snow and ice that results in damage to property or injury to persons can result in a fine ranging from $200 to $1000.

Starting December 31, 2013, the Statute will also apply to commercial vehicles. Due to the large and flat nature of the tops of tractor trailers, truckers have become one of the more common causes of flying ice. Starting 2014, truckers and other commercial vehicles will be held to the same snow and ice clearing standards as regular citizens. However, their fines for not clearing ice and snow that cause property damage or personal injury will range from $500 to $1250.

In addition to State fines, drivers who cause property damage and physical injury by failing to clear their vehicles of ice and snow will be liable for such damages. When an individual causes injury to another person in the process of violating State or Federal law, especially when the person injured is of the sort that the statute was meant to protect, that person is said to be negligent per se. This means that in order to recover against the liable party, the injured person does not need to prove the elements of negligence: only that a law was broken, injury was caused, and these are the resulting damages. This makes recovery much more likely.

It should be noted that drivers are not required to clear ice and snow from their vehicles (1) when they are parked (obviously) and (2) while the storm is still going on (continuing storm doctrine).

If you or a loved one is injured by flying ice this winter, you need to seek proper medical attention, attempt to get the identity of the other driver, and contact a personal injury attorney who can assist in recovering your loses from the liable party. You can contact us by phone at (203)794-6691 or by e-mail at Glouzgal@CTAttorney.us.

Click here for the entire contents of CGS 14-252(a).

Click here for a news clip about Flying Ice.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Wallingford CT Takes Life of 52-year-old Man from New Haven

A motorcycle accident this past Saturday resulted in the death of a 52-year-old man from New Haven. WFSB Channel 3 Connecticut reports that Timothy Rosa died on scene from injuries sustained in a collision between his Harley Davidson motorcycle and a Honda Element SUV driven by 47-year-old Debra Denhart. Denhart was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The circumstances of the accident are still under investigation.

While we do not know the cause of this particular accident, there are already lessons we can draw from these sad circumstances. The first is that fatal motorcycle accidents can happen to riders in any age group. The second is that fatal motorcycle accidents can happen at any time of day. Statistics tell us that motorcycle accidents are more common among younger riders and occur more often when it is dark. However, the horror of motorcycle accidents can strike at any time, and can injure old and young riders alike.

Google Glass and Distracted Driving

Recently, we published a post on cell phone use and distracted driving. Distracted driving causes many accidents, and comes in many forms. As technology progresses, and we access to more “toys”, the distractions surrounding a driver multiple. Just a decade ago the biggest distracting driving worries were food and drink and the radio. With the invention of MP3 Players, GPS systems and cell phones, the average driver had a plethora of electronic devices all vying for his attention. Then came along the smart phone, putting the MP3 player, GPS and cell phone all in one, creating a one-distracts-all electronic device.

Now Google has come out with their new interface called Glass. For those that aren’t familiar, Glass is a wearable computer interface similar to the virtual reality glasses of yesteryear. They contain a screen, and accept voice commands, allowing you to take pictures, record video, get GPS directions and perform many other functions hands free while wearing Glass. for more information visit the Google Glass website.

The hands-free voice-activated nature of Google Glass would seemingly make it driver friendly, right? Apparently, police officers disagree. In a situation which may set precedent for traffic tickets to come, a California police officer gave a woman a traffic ticket for distracted driving due to her use of her Google Glass. Given the police officer was siting California law that forbids any video display screen or device from being used by a driver while operating a motor vehicle, Connecticut law is similar.

Connecticut General Statute 14-296aa is that statute that governs the use of hand held mobile phones and other mobile electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. Under 14-296aa, a driver is forbidden from using a mobile electronic device while operating a motor vehicle, and defines mobile electronic devices as:

“any hand-held or other portable electronic equipment capable of providing data communication between two or more persons, including a text messaging device, a paging device, a personal digital assistant, a laptop computer, equipment that is capable of playing a video game or a digital video disk, or equipment on which digital photographs are taken or transmitted, or any combination thereof, but does not include any audio equipment or any equipment installed in a motor vehicle for the purpose of providing navigation, emergency assistance to the operator of such motor vehicle or video entertainment to the passengers in the rear seats of such motor vehicle.” CGS § 14-296aa(b)(1)

It is obvious that the features of Google Glass make it an electronic mobile device, making the use of such a device a ticketable offense.

Besides the fact that using Google Glass while driving could get you fined, it is made a traffic violation because it causes distracted driving, creating a dangerous situation for the driver and all other cars around them. Further, the effects of getting a ticket for distracted driving when in a car accident could be severe. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and receive a ticket for distracted driving, the other party is going to use that fact against you. Their insurance company will use the fact to try and put all the blame on you and deny your claim, or downplay their clients liability and pay you as little as possible for your injuries.

Please be aware that using any electronic device that falls under “mobile electronic device” under CGS 14-296aa(b)(1) could get you a ticket, or worse. We need to work together as a community, and a country, to stop distracted driving.

If you have any questions on distracted driving law in Connecticut, or if you or a loved one have been injured by a distracted driver, contact us today.

Distracted Driving Motor Vehicle Accidents – Cell Phone Use Decreases Driver Focus by 37%

Distracted Driving Motor Vehicle Accidents

Cell Phone Use Decreases Driver Focus by 37%

Recently, police have begun to crack down on distracted driving, targeting those using cell phones, GPS systems, and other hand held electronic devices while operating their motor vehicle. The reason for the crack down is because statistics show that distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents.

In 2008, there were over half a million injuries nationwide due to motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver. That’s more than 1,300 distracted driving motor vehicle accidents every day! Even scarier, is that fact that the directed driving accidents resulted in almost 6,000 fatalities (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

Why is distracted driving so likely to cause motor vehicle accidents? According to a study from Carnegie-Mellon University, using a cell phone while driving reduces brain activity associated with driving by 37%. The result is that drivers using hand held devices are distracted to the point of being four times more likely to get into a motor vehicle accident that is serious enough to cause injury (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

Distracted driving is one of the most negligent and reckless actions a driver can be involved in. Distracted driving is not only dangerous to the driver, but to every driver and pedestrian in their vicinity. If you, or a loved one, have been injured by a distracted driver you need to seek medical attention, and then you need to find a dedicated and knowledgeable personal injury attorney.

At The Law Office of Eugene Glouzgal, we can relieve the stress of dealing with the insurance company of the drunk driver so you can focus on your health. We can locate witnesses, request phone call and text message records, and check social media for an electronic fingerprint of the distracted drivers activity. You can trust in us to make sure you are fully compensated for your losses, financial and physical. Contact us today by phone at 203-794-6691 or by using the form on our Contact page.