Traffic accidents are up sharply.

According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic accidents are up sharply this year.  Traffic deaths are up over 7%.  The most significant increases came with pedestrians and bicyclists.  This data includes Connecticut. 

Apparently, it is not too complicated. Traffic accidents are up because there a more people driving.  It is as simple as that.  But that is not too comforting to the Connecticut driver who wants to be proactive to protect themself and their family.  The report discusses that the agency is hopeful that technology will improve auto safety with the growing use of "automotive safety technologies."  

What can you do now?

So, what can you do to protect yourself and your family now.  First, wear a seatbelt, and drive carefully-defensively.  Next, drive slowly.  Obviously, don't drink and drive.

Next, please it does not stop there.  You must also understand that you can't control the other terrible drivers on the road.  No matter how careful you are, those other drivers can still harm you with their careless driving.  You can nevertheless take the following very important step:  You can and should review your auto policy to make sure that you have enough underinsured and uninsured automobile insurance.  This will protect you and your family if you or a loved one is injured in a serious car accident in Connecticut.

Uninsured and underinsured auto insurance.

In Connecticut, if you are ever injured in a car accident the law allows you to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused you harm.  Many people don't carry enough insurance.  If that person who caused you harm does not have enough insurance to compensate you for your harms and losses, then you can bring an uninsured/underinsured motorist claim against you own auto insurance company for underinsured/uninsured motorist benefits.  

Where to get help.

If you have been in a car accident, you can get help from The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C. , 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut, 860-445-8521.  We are here to help when you need us.

Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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Thank you for your article. I found this useful. DAVID J. BRASSFIELD,Underinsured Motorists Coverage Lawyers in LaSalle
by DAVID J. BRASSFIELD January 21, 2017 at 04:23 AM
My heart goes to the accident victim. Hope you recover fast and was able to resolve this incident. But no matter how careful you are with your driving, there are other motorists who does not practice the same etiquette. Better protect yourself from this and call your injury lawyer then your insurance company. Injury Lawyer [email protected]
by Injury Lawyer December 14, 2016 at 12:22 PM
Thanks for sharing the original article. I like articles of this kind, ones that make you really think. Anyway, I agree, be very careful ethical issues can arise once you have crossed the line.
by Brown Law, P.L. November 28, 2016 at 02:39 AM
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