Connecticut Cracks Down on Distracted Drivers

car accident lawyerNew laws have been passed in Connecticut in order to get tougher on distracted drivers. One law will raise fines and change distracted driving citations to a moving violation. The offense will now appear on your driving record, making it available to car insurance companies when they’re calculating the rates for your policy. The fines are a one-time fee, but it’s the insurance company’s ability to raise your rates that is designed to hurt your wallet and really discourage distracted driving. The second law makes it illegal for motorists to use their cell phones behind the wheel, including when they’re stopped at a light or in traffic. Both laws will go into effect on October 1st.

Cell phone usage is not the only distraction that can impair the ability to drive safely. Grooming, adjusting the radio, using a navigation system, and eating or drinking are also distractions that can endanger people on or near the road. Distracted driving is becoming an increasingly serious issue, especially considering that 387,000 people were injured and 3,331 people were killed in car accidents involving a distracted driver in 2011. The new laws were signed in the hopes of seeing a decrease in those numbers.

At the Law Offices of Paul Levin, we understand the dangers of distracted driving and the devastation it can cause. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, contact us at 860-560-7226 to learn more about what we can do for you.

Connecticut Construction Worker Suffers Serious Injuries

A construction worker in Meriden, CT, suffered serious injuries after being trapped between a collapsed retaining wall and a dump truck. The man had been working at the site of a new car wash when the collapse occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17th, pinning him against a dump truck before his fellow workers were able to pull him from the rubble and administer CPR.

The injured worker was immediately taken to MidState Medical Center and eventually moved to Hartford Hospital, where he is currently being treated for injuries he sustained in the accident. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is conducting an investigation into what caused the wall to collapse.

At the Law Offices of Paul Levin, we know how seriously a construction accident can affect a worker’s life, and we are dedicated to helping accident victims pursue compensation for their resulting losses. Contact us today by calling 860-560-7226 to get the help you need if you or a loved one has been involved in a construction accident.

Buses Collide on Connecticut’s I-95

Two buses collided on Interstate 95 in Stratford, Connecticut on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, leaving at least ten individuals injured. The collision occurred before 10 in the morning, and also involved a tractor trailer and another car. Several of those involved in the accident had to be taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, though none of the injuries were listed as serious.

Bus accidents are relatively rare, but when they do occur, the injuries that passengers suffer are often considerable. Because of a lack of safety features such as seat belts and airbags, passengers are more exposed to serious injury risks, even in seemingly minor accidents.

At the Law Offices of Paul Levin, we know how hard it can be for bus accident victims to cope with the consequences that their injuries may cause. That’s why we are committed to helping injury victims fight for the compensation they need. If you or someone you love was injured in a bus accident, contact us at (860) 560-7226 to learn more about what we can do for you.