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slip and fall, Hartford premises liability lawyerWhen you enter into or onto another person’s property, the owner of the property is responsible for making sure that you are safe. This does not mean that the property owner is necessarily tasked with protecting you from yourself, but it does mean that the premises must be kept free of hazards that could lead to a slip and fall or a trip and fall. If the owner fails to keep the property safe and you are injured as a result, you may be able to collect compensation under the principles of premises liability.

Recovering damages after a slip and fall injury will require you—with the help your attorney—to prove four basic elements:

A Duty of Care

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distracted, Connecticut personal injury attorneysThere is no doubt that distracted driving is a deadly problem. In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed in car accidents involving a distracted driver, and 391,000 more were injured. Police have increased their efforts to prevent these needless tragedies by catching drivers illegally using their cell phones while driving, In Connecticut, for example, using a hand-held cell phone is a primary offense which means drivers can be pulled over if they are seen texting or holding a phone to their ear while driving. Now, an emerging technology promises to help police find distracted drivers, but many think the technology is superfluous and a serious invasion of privacy.

The Breathalyzer of Distracted Driving

Textalyzer is a play on the word Breathalyzer and like a breathalyzer, the technology can help police ascertain if distracted driving contributed to an accident. The Textalyzer technology has the ability to analyze data within a person’s cell phone in order to determine whether the phone was used immediately prior to an accident. Bills have been introduced in several states that would authorize law enforcement officers to confiscate a driver’s phone after a crash so they could run the Textalyzer analysis on it. If the driver refuses to hand over their phone for this analysis their license would be automatically suspended – similar to drivers who refuse Breathalyzer tests. If the driver submits to the Textalyzer analysis and it shows that he or she was using the phone prior to a car accident, it can be used as evidence of distracted driving.

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