If you live in Connecticut, you probably get a great deal of pleasure out of the beautiful roads that you travel and the many scenic routes that allow you to get lost in all of the beauty that surrounds you.
It would be really wonderful if that were always the case. However, there is another side of the coin when it comes to driving on the roads in Connecticut. That other side is traffic and the many auto accidents that occur every year on Connecticut’s roads.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation, or ConnDOT, keeps detailed records of accidents in the state. In recent years, the picture has looked bad.
According to ConnDOT, there were 295 traffic fatalities in 2020, well over the average of the previous five years. Other sources put the figure for that year even higher, at 301.
Officials were especially concerned about this because the global health emergency and its attendant economic shutdowns meant that fewer people were on the roads in 2020 than in previous years.
What’s even more worrisome is that the problem apparently continued to get worse.
ConnDOT doesn’t have final data for 2021 and 2022 yet, but some sources say that 323 people died on Connecticut roads in 2021.
Researchers have seen similar patterns all over the United States over the past few years. Many believe that the problem is attributable to a rather sudden increase in risky driving behaviors. These include speeding, texting while driving and intoxicated driving.
The result, they say, is that even when there are fewer vehicles on the road, when there are accidents, these accidents are more likely to be serious.
Solid advice from a Connecticut accident attorney
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in an accident, it is wise to consult a Connecticut accident attorney with a great deal of knowledge and experience who can walk you through the personal injury process