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What to do after a car accident in Connecticut

Did you find yourself involved in a car accident today? Knowing what to do afterward is vital to receiving the maximum physical and financial recovery.

While most of these steps are best to do at the scene, do not fret if you forgot to do them and are already home. If you act right away, you can still help your case.

An overview of Connecticut pedestrian laws

When you are on the roadways, there are many other people on them, too. Connecticut roads are shared by vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable because they move slow, are small and often walk in different patterns than traffic is traveling, such as across the roadway.

As a driver, you should be aware of pedestrian laws in Connecticut. This will enable you to be aware of when you must yield to those walking on or near the roadway, along with preparing you for when you are traveling by foot and preventing pedestrian-auto accidents.

Why older people are more likely to fall

As you age, your chances of taking a fall and suffering a serious injury because of it tend to rise, and there are many different reasons why this is the case. Because, per AgingCare.com, falls are the leading cause of injury, death and hospitalization among people within your generation, it is critical that you identify what your own risk factors are so that you can reduce your chances of taking a tumble.

As an older person, you may find that you are more susceptible to falling because:

Common causes of pedestrian accidents

Motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians can be particularly serious. Most pedestrian accidents are due to the negligence, inattentiveness, confusion or aggression of a driver of a car, motorcycle or truck. Whether you walk around a quiet neighborhood or a busy city with a high level of traffic, you should be aware of the common causes of pedestrian accidents and how to stay safe.

Tips for safer driving in wet weather

Many drivers associate snow with poor driving conditions, but it may be surprising to find out that you are likelier to get in an accident during a rainy day than a snowy one. According to USA Today, a report revealed that in 39 of 50 states, rain was more likely to cause an accident than snow or ice was, but few drivers realize the impact that rain can have on their driving.

When it is rainy or wet outside, drivers should pay close attention and drive differently than they normally do to prevent accidents, injuries and even death. These tips for driving in wet weather can save lives and protect those around you from serious injury and life-changing conditions.

Injuries happen: what you need to know about cyberbullying

One of the most difficult situations a parent can experience in life is to see one of their kids deeply unhappy. You may sense that something is wrong, but your 13-year-old daughter refuses to talk about it because they are embarrassed or don't want to be known as a tattletale. One of the more common reasons for these feelings is bullying.

Bullies used to hang around at playgrounds, schools and other public places where kids congregate. But the sad fact now is that bullying is often done online or via text. As with the more traditional method, it usually involves kids and teens. It can lead to a lot of anguish for a family, perhaps leaving a scar that can take a lifetime to heal. Sometimes the wounds never heal.

Common causes of truck accidents

Roadways throughout Connecticut are crowded with semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, big rigs, and other large trucks hauling tons of cargo. Unfortunately, motorcyclists, motorists, and their passengers are usually injured the most in an accident involving a large truck. An 18-wheeler or a big rig does much more damage than a passenger vehicle due to its size and weight. The truck driver or trucking company may be at fault if one of the following applies:

Public shaming used to cut down on texting and driving

It's not every day a government agency gets positive media attention. It appears the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is having a very good day.

More on the NHTSA

This government agency is responsible for helping to better ensure the nation's roadways are safe and aims to reduce deaths and injuries connected to motor vehicle crashes. It achieves this goal in a number of ways, including research and public awareness campaigns. One such campaign is responsible for the agency's current fifteen minutes of fame.

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