While residents can ride buses or bicycles and pedestrian options are available, a majority of households in the New Haven area own cars. Owning a vehicle does come with extra costs, including car payments, insurance and upkeep. They also come with risks in the form of car accidents.
The 2020 state report
According to a 2020 Connecticut Department of Transportation report, over 90% of all highway accidents are due to operator or driver errors. The data also breaks down the major causes of motor vehicle accidents: following the other driver too closely, failure to yield, negligent driving and speeding errors.
By the numbers
The report details the outcomes of highway crashes. The year 2018 shows close to 300 fatal crashes, and while one of the lowest state fatalities for auto crashes years, this still represents nearly one fatal accident every day in Connecticut.
Further, over 1,200 serious injuries occurred as a result of highway crashes, representing over three car accidents with major injuries every day.
Negligent drivers should be held accountable
You are not responsible for another driver’s negligent actions. If you have been injured in an accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you are likely facing enormous medical bills and lost wages while you are unable to return to work. You are probably also facing pain and other less-tangible losses.
You may be able to recover compensation for these and other damages through a personal injury claim. If you can prove that the other driver’s negligence was the cause of your damages, you can hold them liable.