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External airbags may reduce the severity of side collisions

External airbags may eventually become a reality on vehicles. However, it will take a while before car parts manufacturers perfect the technology. Drivers in Connecticut should know that these airbags could prove beneficial in the event of side-impact crashes. The ZF Group states that they can reduce the severity of occupant injuries by as much as 40 percent. ZF has even developed its own model of external airbags.

Tips for Safely Traveling in Winter Weather

Like it or not, winter has arrived. This means having to drive in winter conditions. Roads in Connecticut can quickly become overwhelmed with icy conditions and driving snow. These conditions frequently lead to accidents, but there are plenty of safety precautions drivers can take to avoid a collision in winter weather.

Scenarios that could cause liability for slip-and-fall accidents

Snow and ice often accumulate on sidewalks and parking lots during winters in Connecticut. Snowy conditions represent just one source of slip-and-fall accidents. Falls caused by problems like a wet floor at a supermarket or poorly lit walkway outside of a business could impose liability on a property owner or possessor that left hazards unaddressed.

Sun glare can be dangerous to drivers

When people in Connecticut get behind the wheel, they can encounter dangers in sometimes-unexpected places. For example, few may think that a clear day presents a threat to visibility, but the excessively bright glare of the rising or setting sun can lead to serious problems and severe car accidents. However, by keeping some tips in mind, drivers can help to protect their safety in bright sunlight, especially during their morning and evening commutes.

Wearing a helmet and other ways to prevent bicycle accidents

More and more people in Connecticut are bicycling for their commutes, exercise or fun. Yet bicycle accidents accounted for 2.2 percent of all traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2016, most of which took place in urban areas and between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Due to this alarming figure, it's important for people to understand the basics of bicycle safety.

Truck accidents influence movement for change in law

Large commercial trucks have the potential to cause major accidents on Connecticut roads. According to federal data, large truck crash fatalities rose significantly between 2009 and 2014. Despite this problem, trucks are not required to use crash-avoidance technology, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association has largely ignored pleas from the National Transportation Safety Board to change this law.

Truck accident fatalities buck trend by rising in 2017

Motor vehicle accident fatalities in Connecticut and around the country fell slightly in 2017 after rising worryingly in 2015 and 2016 according to Fatality Analysis Reporting System data released on Oct 3 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Road deaths fell by 2 percent overall in 2017 with especially sharp falls in the number of cyclists and van occupants killed. However, the number of road users killed in accidents involving commercial vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or more bucked the downward trend by surging 16 percent from 725 in 2016 to 841 in 2017.

Truck accident injuries and fatalities rising

As fatal accidents continue to rise on the roadways in Connecticut and across the United States, getting behind the wheel can be a major concern for drivers and passengers. While collisions of all types are on an upswing across the country, one of the most concerning types of crashes is those that involve large trucks. The size and mass of these huge vehicles can cause major damage to cars, trucks, pedestrians and cyclists who experience an accident. In addition, statistics show that fatalities are increasing across the country in crashes that involve large trucks and buses, a reverse of an earlier downward trend.

CVSA to crack down on unsafe driving June 15 to 21

Connecticut drivers of commercial trucks and passenger vehicles alike should be aware that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will soon be holding its annual Operation Safe Driver Week. It has been scheduled for June 15 to 21. During this week, the CVSA will be joining with law enforcement nationwide to intensify its targeting of unsafe drivers.

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