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Who is to blame after a crash, the trucker or their employer?

If you were involved in a collision with a truck in Connecticut, it is likely that there were significant damages to your vehicle, and it is also likely that you suffered from personal injuries. This entire ordeal can be stressful and upsetting, but, at some point, you will want to consider your possibilities when it comes to gaining damages.

In the case of a collision with two passenger vehicles in Connecticut, the at-fault driver's insurance provider will be responsible for paying out damages. However, when a passenger vehicle is involved in a collision with a truck, the situation is slightly more complex. This is because the liability may lie either with the truck driver or the truck driver's employer, depending on the exact circumstances.

Truck insurance policy limits correlate with the danger they pose

If you have any doubts about how truck accidents compare to automobile ones, then all you have to do is to ask a first responder about the difference between the two. They'll likely tell you that crashes where a truck collides with a passenger vehicle are particularly catastrophic. Victims who survive them often endure long recovery times while others die. Fortunately, compensation is available no matter what the outcome.

Truck drivers and their employers are bound to abide by certain standards of care and laws instituted by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Safety Administration (FMSA). They're in place to make driving alongside them safer.

The top 5 body parts that are injured in motorcycle crashes

If you ask a motorcyclist in Stamford who prefers to ride on a motorbike instead of a car, they'll likely tell you that they appreciate just how freeing it feels to have nothing separating them from the blowing wind. This motivates many motorcyclists to take to the road wearing far less clothing than what's necessary to protect each and every body part in a crash.

A study performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that during the years of 2001 and 2008, 1,222,000 motorcyclists were treated for non-life threatening injuries in emergency rooms in Connecticut and across the rest of the United States.

How can you avoid dropped object incidents at construction sites?

Data recently published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shows that just over 50,000 reports of workers being struck by falling objects occurred during its most recently recorded year. This equates to more than 140 workers being struck every day in this country. Although only 25 percent of construction workers consider these incidents to be preventable, they're more avoidable than most think.

One of the ways that construction workers can protect themselves and others from dropping objects is to wear wristbands or lanyards that keep the tool they are using tethered closely to them without interfering with its use.

A 48-year-old motorist dies in a head-on crash in Griswold

One motorist was killed and another two were injured in a two-car head-on crash in Griswold on Nov. 27. The incident occurred on Voluntown Road in New London County just before 7:00 p.m. Officers with Connecticut State Police's Troop E responded to the scene of the crash.

A spokesperson for the Connecticut State Police reports that a 35-year-old Griswold man driving his 2010 Honda Accent B lost control of his vehicle. When he did, he traveled from Voluntown's eastbound lane into the westbound one. Soon thereafter, he crashed into a 52-year-old Rhode Island resident's 2013 Toyota Prius.

Poor security can be grounds for a premises liability claim

When someone owns a property, they have a duty to the public to maintain it in a safe manner. Unfortunately, some property owners are lax in their maintenance, which can lead to serious issues for visitors to the properties, as well as tenants if it is a rental property. Security issues on a property can directly contribute to crime, which can thus increase a property owner's premises liability.

Understanding the legal obligations of property owners and the rights of visitors can help you make informed decisions if you wind up injured or victimized by a crime on someone else's property. Chances are good that if inadequate security measures were in place, you may have the right to pursue compensation from the property owner.

Why motorcycle accidents occur and how you can avoid them

While one of the benefits of riding a motorcycle is that it can save you money on gas, there are many downsides to doing so. One of the primary problems with it is that it's a relatively unsafe way for you to get around from one place to the next.

One National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistic shows that motorcyclists have 34 times higher of a risk of losing their lives in crashes than those who drive cars. Reasons that bikers are more apt to get hurt than the occupants of passenger cars include the lack of a protective shell around them, inadequate protective gear or clothing and not enough training to safely operate a motorcycle.

Time is of the essence when filing a Connecticut dog bite case

All dog bite cases are handled by the state of Connecticut in accordance with CGS § 22-357. That state statute holds any animal's keeper or owner liable for any injuries or damages that their pet inflicts or causes others.

The state adheres to a strict liability statute. What this means is that the victim doesn't have to prove that the owner knew that their dog posed some type of risk of harm for you to be able to sue them for damages. You don't have to prove that they were negligent, either, in order to do so.

Reviewing the Connecticut workers' compensation claims process

Most workers in Connecticut have some understanding of their rights under the state's workers' compensation system, but what they don't know may lead to costly errors in pursuing a claim for benefits.

The workers' compensation system is intended to provide important benefits for injured workers, but claimants must follow the rules in order to achieve maximum benefits. This post will review the crucial steps in filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

Safety tips for every driver

Driving a car is both a privilege and a huge responsibility. When you get behind the wheel, you have a duty to your passengers, other drivers, pedestrians, motorcycle riders and anyone else with whom you share the road. This duty includes making reasonably safe decisions while you are operating your vehicle.

Whether you are a new driver or have years of experience, it is always a good idea to re-familiarize yourself with basic driving safety tips. Here are a few driving techniques to help you stay safe the next time you are on the road.

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