Fatal Car Accident
Accidents happen every single day. Sadly, some don’t always yield a survivor.
Troubling statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that there is a rise in traffic fatalities – over 1,500 more deaths occurred in the first half of 2016 compared to 2015.
Support For Families Affected By A Fatal Accident
If you are searching for legal advice because you have recently lost someone due to a car accident, we offer our deepest sympathies. While we cannot eliminate your pain and suffering, The Flood Law Firm is here to assist you. As dedicated personal injury attorneys representing Connecticut, we have experience fighting for families in wrongful death cases.
During this difficult time, our firm can help you hold the responsible individual(s) accountable for their actions. You’ve been through more than enough. Focus on healing and leave the legal work to us.
The Flood Law Firm can help those who’ve had the difficult experience of saying goodbye to someone due to another person’s careless or reckless driving. Contact our Connecticut attorneys today or call 860-346-2695. Consultations are always free and offered with no obligation.
Types of Fatal Car Accidents
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed that more people die in car crashes each year in the United States than in any other high-income countries.
Any type of car crash can have the capacity to be fatal. However, there are specific types that tend to have more devastating outcomes than others, such as:
Possibly the most lethal example on our list, head-on collisions (like their name suggests), happen when the front ends of two vehicles hit each other.
Also referred to as “T-bone” collisions or “broadside” collisions, this type of accident is usually more severe than a rear-ended one, and happens when the side of a vehicle is impacted by the front or rear of another vehicle or object.
When a car crashes into the one in front of it, whiplash is often the worst injury obtained. However, there have been cases where a rear-end collision resulted in death. The level of damages is often determined by speed and impact.
Pile-ups are known to take place on highways or freeways and involve multiple vehicles. These types of accidents are known for being especially devastating due to vehicles being struck multiple times after an initial impact.
If the sides of two parallel cars touch or “swipe” each other, this type of collision occurs. The overall velocity of the collision will control the damage created.
Rollovers take place when a vehicle flips over onto its side or roof. Caused by sharp turns at high speeds, all types of vehicles are subject to this danger. According to the NJTSA, 35% of all deaths are due to rollovers from passenger vehicle crashes.
Single Car Accidents
Not always fatal, single car accidents occur when only one vehicle is involved, often striking an object, and can result in property damage, personal injury or, in worst case scenarios, death.
Car Accident Fatality Rates on the Rise
According to the National Safety Council, just in the first six months of 2016, fatal motor vehicle accidents in Connecticut increased 45 percent.
What does this mean exactly?
In the state of Connecticut alone, a total of 138 fatalities occurred between January 1st and June 30th, compared to 95 during the first half of 2015.
What’s Causing The Increase In Fatal Accidents?
Tellingly, a spokeswoman for AAA Northeast is surprised there haven’t been more fatalities this year, believing drivers are being less cautious, instead choosing to speed and give in to distractions.
The Effects Of Gas Prices
Other reasons for why car accident fatalities come from an analysis where, and while it’s not conclusive, a National Safety Council‘s (NSC) report states that the effects of low gas prices could also influence the high car accident fatality statistic. The cost of fuel has averaged over 16 percent below 2015 levels for the first six months of 2016, producing a 3.3 percent increase in cumulative vehicle mileage (i.e. more people are getting behind the wheel and driving).
The Mass Transit Solution
The NSC believes that it’s more important now than ever to prioritize mass transit, biking, and pedestrian programs.
Important Vehicle Safety
It goes without saying that it’s important to practice good safety measures every single time you get into the driver’s seat. Buckle up, don’t go over the speed limit, and pay attention. Additionally, there are more factors to be concerned with, including weather, your surroundings, and other drivers. Always be prepared, because the road is a dangerous place.
The next time you get behind the wheel, consider these helpful tips to help you avoid a fatal motor vehicle accident:
- Always scan the area ahead of you
- Be mindful of blind spots
- Never drive under the influence
- Don’t go over the speed limit
- Avoid all distractions
- Make sure your vehicle is operating correctly
- Know your surroundings
Helping Families Recover from Fatal Car Accidents
At The Flood Law Firm, we know how a fatal vehicle accident can directly impact you and your family. Though we cannot possibly say or do anything to help ease your distress, we do want you to know that we’re here to assist you with all your legal needs. With our combined experience, we will do everything in our power to not only make this process as smooth as possible but also go after the guilty party, in hopes of seeking justice for their actions in this wrongful death. Remember, you are not alone.
Contact Connecticut’s Wrongful Death Attorneys
Fatal motor vehicle accidents often involve criminal charges. Therefore, if you’ve recently lost someone because of another driver’s negligence, contact The Flood Law Firm today by calling 860-346-2695. We will handle all of the paperwork, as well as deal with the insurance companies and medical providers, allowing you to be with your family or friends during this difficult time.
Free, No-Obligation Consultation
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation. And, most importantly, we’re ready and willing to fight for you. Let our Connecticut fatal car accident attorneys take on your burden because you’ve been through enough. We look forward to not only hearing from you but also standing up and being your voice.