ambulance traffic accidentEmergency vehicles like fire trucks, ambulances, and police cruisers exist to protect the public and keep people safe, but they themselves can often be a danger to society. Connecticut law gives emergency vehicles a considerable amount of freedom to violate traffic laws when they are responding to an emergency.

Emergency vehicles have a special law § 14-283 that allows them to disobey most traffic laws provided that they are using their lights and sirens and are responding to an actual emergency. This freedom means that injured victims cannot point to traffic law violations as evidence of negligence the way they normally could. Traffic accidents involving these sorts of vehicles present special issues because it can be more difficult to prove that the driver of the emergency vehicle was operating it negligently.

Ambulance Services and Traffic Accidents

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types of car accident injuries, personal injury lawyer in HartfordEven seemingly minor car accidents can lead to serious medical problems if they go untreated. Accident victims often face a variety of unfamiliar medical terms that can make the whole examination and treatment process more confusing. However, it is important that patients pursue such examination and treatment promptly.

This speed is important because of a legal doctrine known as a statute of limitations. Statutes of limitations are laws that place time limits on people's ability to bring lawsuits for harms that they have suffered. Connecticut's statute of limitations for injury in a car accident is unusually short. Victims only have two years from the time when they discover or should have discovered their injury before courts bar them from recovering damages for their injuries. This makes it especially important for people to understand their injuries, so that they can bring them to an attorney.

Soft Tissue Injuries

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amusement park accidents, Connecticut premises liability attorneyOver this past summer, two major amusement park accidents made national headlines. In early June, four individuals were injured when a roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California hit a tree and partially derailed. Almost a month later, a cable on a swing ride snapped at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio. This incident resulted in two injuries. These two accidents caused both amusement park patrons and safety experts to question the safety of America’s amusement parks and analyze what must be done to reduce the number of amusement park accidents.

When amusement park attractions malfunction, serious, catastrophic injuries can result. For instance, when an attraction at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom malfunctioned and cables used to support the ride came loose, a young girl’s feet were severed. Other injuries can include broken bones, strains and sprains, neck and back injuries, and (in extreme cases) loss of limbs. It is important for amusement park patrons to know that amusement parks can be held responsible for patrons’ injuries.

Premise Liability and Theme Parks

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reckless drivingA recent study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Students Against Destructive Behaviors (SADD) has found that while many parents lecture their children about the dangers of texting and driving or driving under the influence, they aren’t so quick to take their own advice.

Participants in the study included more than 2500 11th and 12th grade students from around the country, 1,000 parents of high school students and several focus groups from Dallas and Philadelphia.

The results of the surveys show that parents are often engaging in many of the dangerous driving habits they warn their teenagers about. Behaviors such as not using seat belts, reading and sending text messages while driving and driving after drinking alcohol are all behaviors that teens said their parents are engaging in while behind the wheel. And almost half of those teens surveyed said their parents continued those risky behaviors even after they asked their parents to stop.

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commercial bus accidents, Connecticut personal injury lawyerThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced proposed regulation in an effort to help protect passengers riding in large commercial buses in the event of rollover crashes.  The agency, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), released a 111 page document which covers the new regulation and the reasons behind it.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx referred to the consequences of rollover bus crashes as “severe” and said the agency wants to reassure the public that they are always looking for way to improve passenger safety.

The regulation applies to the structural design of new buses that are manufactured, ensuring that in the event of a crash, passengers will remain safe because the space around them does not collapse. The regulation would also ensure emergency exits would still be usable after a crash impact.

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