ACCIDENTS IN CONNECTICUT
If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another person or corporate entity, you should not have to suffer alone. You also should not have to pay out of pocket for your medical expenses, lost wages, and future costs associated with an incident that was not your fault. Fortunately, you have the right to take legal action against those who caused you or someone you love harm. Don’t wait until it is too late to get the compensation and justice you deserve. Contact an experienced Connecticut accident attorney today.
Accidental Deaths in 2016 in CT
Vehicle Deaths in 2016 in CT
Of CT crashes Had injuries in 2014
Many accident victims wonder if they are eligible for compensation, especially if they were partly at fault for what happened. Fortunately, Connecticut follows a modified comparative negligence doctrine, which allows victims to recover compensation as long as they were not more than 51% at fault for the accident.
It is critical to remember that you need to file an injury claim before the statute of limitations runs out. In this state, like many other states, victims have two years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit, otherwise, the court will refuse to hear their case.
Because injury claims take time to investigate, it is critical to contact an attorney as soon as you are able to discuss your legal options and get started on your claim. With the right legal team on your side, you could be able to recover significant compensation to help you get back on your feet.
Connecticut Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics
According to the 2015 Connecticut Crash Facts Book from the Connecticut Department of Transportation and Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center (CTSRC), there were 111,497 total crashes in Connecticut in 2015. That was the highest total since the 113,035 in 2007.
The 36,001 injuries reported in 2015 were the most since the 36,474 reported in 2009. The 305 fatalities in crashes were the highest total since 320 were recorded in 2010.
According to the Crash Facts Book, 41,481 of the crashes in Connecticut were rear-end accidents, 21,888 were single vehicle crashes, 20,115 were angle accidents, 14,823 were sideswipe in the same direction crashes, 3,101 were sideswipe in the opposite direction crashes, 2,626 were rear to side collisions, 1,623 were unknown, 1,271 were rear to rear, and 1,163 were head-on collisions.
The Crash Facts Book also reported that there were 1,590 motorcycles involved in crashes in 2015. The 534 single vehicle crashes represented more than one-third of all motorcycle accidents. NBC Connecticut reported in May 2018 that AAA said over 250 people were killed in motorcycle accidents over the past five years in Connecticut.
According to the Crash Facts Book, 423 of the remaining crashes were angle crashes, 294 were rear-end collisions, 137 were sideswipe or same direction accidents, and 24 were head-on crashes. The accidents results in 56 fatal injuries, 255 suspected serious injuries, 754 suspected minor injuries, and 331 possible injuries.
The Crash Facts Book reported that 31 qualifying commercial vehicle crashes resulted in fatalities and 856 crashes resulted in injuries. In 1,638 commercial vehicle crashes in Connecticut, the first harmful event was a collision with another motor vehicle in operation. Of the next most common causes, 62 involved guardrail face incidents, 54 involved parked motor vehicles, 46 involved collisions with other non-fixed objects, and 43 involved bridge overhead structures incidents.
According to the Crash Facts Book, three bicyclists were killed in accidents in Connecticut in 2015. That same year, bicyclists suffered 257 suspected minor injuries, 53 suspected serious injuries, and 127 possible injuries.
Connecticut Workplace Injury Statistics
According to the 2014-2015 Annual Report of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, there were 57,472 injuries or illnesses and 28 fatalities in fiscal year 2015. There were also 7,849 pre-formal hearings, 702 formal hearings, and 45,330 informal hearings that resulted in 138 dismissals, 1,976 awards, 7,240 stipulations, and 21,644 voluntary agreements.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported more than 36,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among Connecticut’s private industry employers in 2015. According to the BLS, 20,900 of Connecticut's 36,300 private industry injury and illness cases were classified as DART cases of a more severe nature involving days away from work, job transfer, or restriction.
Connecticut Medical Malpractice Statistics
The 2017 Connecticut Medical Malpractice Report showed showed 3,099 total closed claims over the past five years for calendar years 2012 through 2016. Those cases included 1,461 resolved in favor of the plaintiff and 1,638 resolved in favor of the defendant, with $623,558 being the average indemnity payout to a claimant.
According to the Medical Malpractice Report, 1,461 claims, or 47 percent, had indemnity payments at an average value of $623,558 while 274 claims, or 19 percent, had indemnity payments for amounts of more than $1 million. The report stated that 87 percent of total paid indemnity was found in 496 claims greater than $500,000.
2018 Medical Malpractice Payout Analysis showed Connecticut had a total medical malpractice payout amount of $104,766,250 in 2017. The state had the fourth-highest medical malpractice payout rate in the United States with a rate of $29.20 per capita.
Defective Products Statistics
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported 62,300 emergency department-treated injuries associated with nursery products among children younger than 5 years of age in 2016. Among that same age group, there were 284 deaths associated with nursery products between 2012 and 2014.
Emergency departments treated approximately 240,000 toy-related injuries in 2016, according to the CPSC. Among children younger than 12 years of age, the CPSC received seven reports of toy-related deaths in 2016.
The CPSC reported that 34 deaths associated with playground equipment were investigated between 2009 and 2014. These incidents included 19 hangings or other asphyxiations, 12 incidents involving second products, five slides, five swings, and eight head or neck impact injuries.
Between 2010 and 2013, there was an annual average of 48 electrocution deaths associated with consumer products. The CPSC reported an estimated 30,700 people being treated annually in emergency departments for product instability or tip-over injuries related to televisions, furniture, and appliances between 2014 and 2016. The total included 19,500 injuries associated with furniture, 1,100 injuries associated with appliances, and 10,100 injuries associated with televisions.
Connecticut Lead Poisoning Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses a reference level of 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) to identify children with elevated blood lead levels. The Connecticut Department of Public Health 2015 Annual Disease Surveillance Report on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control stated that the Lead and Healthy Homes received 83,274 blood lead tests for children under age of 6.
The 74.1 percent of children between 1 and 2 years of age who had a lead screening in 2015 was the highest of any year since tracking began in 1996.