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Connecticut Traffic Accident and Injury Facts

By David A. Zipfel & Associates, LLC  Jul. 1, 2013 11:33a

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that traffic accident, injury, and fatality rates in the state have been on an overall steady decline since 1999. Injury rates from traffic accidents in 1999 were 165.20 per 100 million miles traveled (MMT). In 2008, the most recent year in which the DOT has published statistics, the injury rate had decreased to 114.86 MMT. Fatal accident rates in the state in 1999 stood at 0.91 MMT; this declined to 0.88 MMT in 2008. Fatality rates from traffic accidents in 1999 were 1.01 per MMT which decreased to 0.96 per MMT in 2008. The highest percentage of Connecticut traffic accidents occur during rush hours, from 3 to 6 p.m. More than 75 percent of all traffic accidents in Connecticut occur in the counties of Fairfield, Hartford, and New Haven.

The most frequent contributing factors to Connecticut injury accidents were the driver was following too close, the driver failed to grant the right of way, lost control, or was speeding too fast for the current conditions. The most frequent contributing factors involved in traffic accident fatalities were the driver losing control or the driver was influenced by alcohol and / or drugs. 40 percent of all traffic fatalities involved hitting a fixed object while more than 30 percent of all traffic accident injuries involved rear-end collisions. Those most likely to be involved in an accident were drivers aged 20 to 24. In 2008, the state experienced a total of 104,187 traffic accidents in which 303 people died.

Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney in Hartford, Connecticut

Car accidents continue to be the leading cause of personal injury claims both in Connecticut and in the nation. These accidents are often preventable events caused by driver error and negligence. Neck and back injuries are the most common type of physical damage occurring from accidents. For those who have been injured, dealing with the details of an injury claim can be difficult or impossible. Such claims can prove to be difficult in themselves, requiring an investigation of the event, the gathering and preserving of evidence, reports from doctors and other medical personnel, and more. That is why it is recommended that you retain the services of a qualified attorney who can handle all of the steps involved as well as aggressively negotiate with any insurance company.

The personal injury law firm of David A. Zipfel & Associates, LLC has offices to serve you in Hartford, Enfield, and Avon. Mr. Zipfel has been representing people since 1978. With more than 34 years of experience, he has personally and successfully handled more than 2,000 cases. He and his legal team know and understand personal injury law, regulations, and all of the legal factors that are related to this practice area. The firm makes home and hospital visits for those who are unable to travel due to their injuries. You will pay nothing until your case is successfully won. To learn more or to get started, contact their offices to speak to an experienced attorney about your accident and injuries today.

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