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While distracted driving does not appear to have reached the same levels of concern for truckers as it has for regular motorists, it is still drawing attention from national agencies. Federal agencies have launched campaigns to encourage commercial truck drivers to lower the number of truck accidents occurring in Fairfield County and elsewhere.

In 2009, tractor trailers were involved in 2,466 accidents according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Out of these accidents,472 involved injuries and 13 were fatal. It is unknown how many of these accidents were caused by a truck driver who was distracted by something.

Are truck drivers becoming more distracted?

Recently, a truck driver caused a four-vehicle collision when he became distracted according to the CT Post. Thankfully, while the drivers of the other cars suffered injuries, they were not severe and no one was killed. It is unknown what caused the trucker's attention to be drawn away from the road.

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From a legal standpoint, the term personal injury can refer to a great many situations for Connecticut residents. Any injury sustained by a human being, especially that is caused by the actions or lack of actions of another party, can be classified as a personal injury. These situations can, at times, warrant legal action depending upon the circumstances.

Having a basic understand of the types of situations that may justify pursuit of compensation can be helpful in the event that you are involved in suc ha circumstance. Knowing your rights is the important first step to staying protected.

Understanding torts

A tort is essentially the legal term for a personal injury. One example of a tort could be a driver that falls asleep at the wheel and collides with another vehicle, causing injury to other parties. A grocery store with dropped ice on the floor that is not promptly cleaned up could beheld liable for a tort if a customer slipped and fell on the ice or pool of water. Injuries that lead to the loss of life can also be torts and may often referred to as wrongful death claims.

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The possibility of being injured or killed in a residential fire is a scary thought for anyone. Unfortunately, it's also a common risk: about13,000 people are hurt in home fires in the U.S. each year, according to MSN, and about 3,000 people are killed. Around 270 fires occur in apartments every day in the country.

Those most at risk of being injured or killed in a home fire are children and the elderly, since they have the least chance of being able to escape easily on their own. The Centers for Disease Control report that everyday in the U.S., more than 300 children are seen in emergency rooms for burns. Sadly, at least two children die from burn-related injuries every day.

The risk of apartment fires

Recently an explosion in a California apartment complex resulted in a father being hospitalized with severe burns, according to KGET. The fire department believes the explosion was accidental, but the fact remains that property owners have a responsibility to maintain standards of safety to protect residents.

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Winter activities, such as snow tubing, can be a lot of fun for children and adults alike, but they can also be extremely dangerous when safety precautions are not taken.

One particular accident in early 2013 that illustrates the dangers of snow tubing occurred when five people at a Connecticut ski resort were seriously injured in a tubing accident. The accident victims, ranging in age from19 to 35, were treated at two local hospitals for injuries to their necks,heads and backs.

Investigators say that the accident was the result of an inner tube getting detached from the cable that was carrying it up the hill. The inner tube and its six hapless riders slid backward down the hill and slammed intothe base of the lift.

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An 81-year-old woman filed suit against Yale-New Haven Hospital after she fell off an operating table and suffered serious injuries following a surgery. The hospital issued a public statement claiming to have apologized to the patient, but the woman's attorneys state that they have tried to resolve the suit with the hospital to no avail. The woman is seeking recovery for her injuries, and the lawsuit demonstrates some of the damages available to personal injury plaintiffs in Connecticut.

Hospital Error

According to documents filed in the lawsuit, the plaintiff went into the hospital to have a pacemaker implanted in February 2010. The surgery was successful, but the suit alleges that the hospital staff failed to properly monitor and secure the woman after the operation concluded, and the woman fell off the operating table. The woman suffered fractures to her hip,collarbone and toe, as well as a traumatic brain injury causing bleeding under her skull. The suit argues that the hospital was negligent for failing to recognize that the patient had not recovered from the anesthesia and leaving her unattended after the surgery. In doing so, the suit alleges that the hospital staff put the patient at risk for falling.

The suit claims that the woman has undergone months of physical therapy and will be in pain for the rest of her life. She can no longer move freely and is dependent on others to aid her with daily tasks. She is seeking over $15,000 in damages.

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