Connecticut Auto Accident Prevention: Follow These Tips from DPH
With so many Connecticut residents commuting and driving throughout the state, the Department of Public Health reports over 1,500 fatalities (between 2006 and 2010) caused by auto accidents. The statistics are staggering: between 2007 and 2013, auto accident crashes resulted in over 14,000 hospital in-patient discharges, nearly 192,000 emergency department visits and over $444 million in services billed.
Connecticut’s Department of Public Health offers the following safety tips when operating a motor vehicle:
- Wear your seat belt.
- Make sure children are properly fitted in a car seat and in the right size seat for their age/weight/height.
- Wear helmets when riding a bicycle or motorcycle.
- Do not use mobile electronic devices when operating a motor vehicle.
- Do not drive a motor vehicle if you have been drinking or using drugs.
- When walking along Connecticut roadways, pedestrians should walk facing the on-coming traffic and wear reflective clothing when appropriate.
Many Connecticut auto accidents can be prevented. If you are in an auto accident, you may be able to handle the claims process without an attorney. Find out if you should handle your case on your own or speak with one of our attorneys.