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What to keep in the trunk in the car

Some people have a totally empty trunk in their car while others have it stuffed full of all sorts of things.

However there are certain items you should keep in your trunk which will help to keep you safe while motoring.

The first thing is an emergency safety kit which you can buy already put together, or you can take a plastic box and put one together yourself. It should contain things like a flashlight, jumper cables, and other essential items for the vehicle such as an emergency battery booster.

You must have a spare tire which is in good condition and properly inflated along with a tire iron and a tire jack. It is also worth have a tire inflator and sealer, so that if you do have a flat this will save you having to change the tire yourself and give you enough time to get to an auto shop. Make sure you also have a tire pressure gauge, just to ensure that you check the pressure regularly.

If you have been injured a serious accident in Danbury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Call the accident attorneys at Danbury accident attorneys – Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP  now for an immediate consultation. 58 Post Road Danbury, CT 06810    855-850-1711.

A Female Driver Should Take Precautions

All drivers need to be vigilant on the roads but sadly a female driver should take precautions simply because she is a woman.

Should you notice a vehicle following you closely try taking a few turns into different roads, making sure you know exactly where you are, in case you need to contact the police. Should the other vehicle stick with you be suspicious that something isn’t right. Drive to the nearest police station or if that isn’t possible drive to a gas station, or some other well-lit populated area and use your mobile or other phone to call for help.

Ensure that your car is well serviced and maintained so you don’t put yourself in the situation of breaking down making you more vulnerable. If you can learn how to change a tire or change a wiper blade these will all empower you to get yourself out of trouble quickly. Most vehicles can be driven some distance on a flat fire, so check your vehicle manual for guidelines and don’t automatically assume you have to stay in a dark unsafe place with a flat; it may be perfectly safe to drive slowly to the next gas station or convenience store.

Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and if you don’t have a car charger invest in one.

If you have been injured a serious accident in Danbury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Call the accident attorneys at Danbury accident attorneys – Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP  now for an immediate consultation. 58 Post Road Danbury, CT 06810    855-850-1711.

Operation SANTA launched for the holidays

Connecticut State Police have launched their 2014 holiday season traffic enforcement program.

The program is to be called S.A.N.T.A. which stands for Stop Another Needless Tragic Accident, and extra troopers will be on patrol across the state to try and prevent accidents and injuries. DUI enforcement will increase dramatically as home and office parties often serve alcohol and although the troopers hope that there will be a designated non drinking driver, they will be out on the state roads looking to keep drunk drivers off the road.

Any person who sees a driver who they think might be drunk is asked to s call 911 straight away and report it to police, as they consider it to be an emergency situation.

Other parts of Operation Santa 2014 will include enforcement of the laws relating to distracted driving, cell phone use, speeding, and not wearing seat belts.

If you have been injured a serious car crash in Danbury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Call the accident attorneys at Danbury accident attorneys – Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP  now for an immediate consultation. 58 Post Road Danbury, CT 06810    855-850-1711.

Tips for Traffic Safety

Traffic safety in the United States should be a priority for every driver and passenger who gets into a motor vehicle. As vehicle occupants as well as pedestrians, all of us want to get to where we are going safely and without incident. The following are some tips for maintaining a safe traffic environment on America’s roads.

  • Always wear your seat belt. Wearing a seat belt is at minimum a secondary law in all 50 states and a primary law in most of them. Properly fastening your seat belt significantly reduces the risk of serious injury and death should you be involved in a car crash. Ensure that everyone in the vehicle with you also has their seat belts properly fastened.
  • Avoid the temptation to cut in front of other vehicles. Doing so can potentially cause drivers around you to have to brake suddenly, particularly if traffic is heavy.
  • Keep a sharp focus on the road and avoid distractions. Too many drivers do things like texting and talking on their cell phones, dealing with unruly kids, putting on makeup, etc. while trying to drive. Dividing your attention between the road and these kinds of tasks is extremely dangerous. If there is something you need to do that may take your attention from the road, pull over and stop in a parking lot or designated area like a rest stop.

If you have been injured a serious auto accident in Danbury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Call the accident attorneys at Danbury accident attorneys – Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP  now for an immediate consultation. 58 Post Road Danbury, CT 06810    855-850-1711.

 

Texting While Driving Kills 11 Teens a Day

Texting while driving is a national epidemic which is quickly becoming one of the country’s top killers.

Those who text while driving have six times more chance of having a car accident than if they were driving while intoxicated, and at any given time across the country 800,000 drivers are texting while they drive.

This texting, according to the National Safety Council, causes 1,600,000 accidents a year and 330,000 injuries per year. Texting is now responsible for nearly 25% of all car accidents, with teens suffering the most saying that it is their number one driving distraction. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts 11 teens die every single day from texting while driving.

The National Highway Transport Safety Administration says when you text while driving you are 23 times more likely to crash and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute say it is the same as driving blind for five seconds at a time.

If you have been injured a serious auto accident in Danbury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Call the accident attorneys at Danbury accident attorneys – Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP  now for an immediate consultation. 58 Post Road Danbury, CT 06810    855-850-1711.

How You Should Wear a Seat Belt

Wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest but most important things you can do to ensure that you and your passengers do not suffer serious injury or even death in the event of an accident.

In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 15,000 lives are saved each year in the United States due to drivers and their passengers wearing seat belts when they were in accidents.

However, it is one thing to wear a seat belt but it is equally important to wear it correctly.

The strap that goes across your lap should fit snugly over your hips and upper thigh area and you should ensure it is not over the stomach as that could cause serious injuries.

The shoulder strap should rest across the chest and shoulders but should never fall across your neck or face nor should it be placed under your arms or behind your back. Any one of these positions could also cause serious injury.

If you have been injured a serious auto accident in Danbury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Call the accident attorneys at Danbury accident attorneys – Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP  now for an immediate consultation. 58 Post Road Danbury, CT 06810    855-850-1711.

Cell Phone Use by Drivers Leads to Deaths

One in 77 drivers in Connecticut in 2013 received a ticket for a cell phone infraction. That was a total of 32,000 tickets; around 8 percent of the total tickets issued and generated more than $2 million for the state.

The fines ranged from $125 and $400 depending on whether it was the first, second or third violation.

But they increased in October 2013, up to $150 for a first offense and $500 for a third or higher one.

Connecticut law states that a driver cannot use a hand held cell phone whilst the car is moving, apart from in an emergency. It is also illegal to text when stopped at traffic lights.

According to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey, more than 600,000 drivers across the country are using their cell phones at any one time during the day and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 421,000 were injured because of a distracted driver in 2012, with 3,328 people being killed.

In Connecticut, accident data from 2012, shows that distracted driving was a contributing factor for drivers in fatal accidents in 3.6 percent of crashes. However, there is no data currently available in the state showing whether accidents have decreased as a direct result of the distracted driving laws but it appears it is a severely under reported problem.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver , you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Call the accident attorneys at Danbury accident attorneys – Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP  now for an immediate consultation. 58 Post Road Danbury, CT 06810    855-850-1711  

Lowered Speed Limits Win Praise from Many Experts

Road Safety organizations are applauding the move by some city councils to decrease the speed limits, in some cases to as low as 20 mph, in towns, city centers and residential areas, which is a reversal of the trend over recent years to increase speed limits, especially on freeways.

They state that if a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle travelling at 30 mph, he or she has a 20% chance of being killed, whereas if the same vehicle were to hit them at 25 mph, the chances of dying are halved to 10%.

Speeding alone is seen as causing more road traffic deaths than driving while intoxicated and using a cell phone while driving. Hence local governments are making the move – which is slowly sweeping the whole country – to try and ensure the nation’s drivers drive more slowly, especially in built up areas where there are likely to be children and the elderly.

Speed Limit

If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a driver who was speeding, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Call the accident attorneys at Danbury accident attorneys – Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP  now for an immediate consultation. 58 Post Road Danbury, CT 06810    855-850-1711  

How to Handle Brake Failure in Danbury

It is not common that drivers face serious emergencies while driving on Danbury area roads. Though most drivers will likely face various adverse conditions while driving at some point or another, thankfully such scenarios are few and far between. One of the most frightening scenarios which can happen to a driver is losing power to the car’s brakes. Though this situation happens very infrequently, it is a good idea to know what to do and how to handle it. Take a look at the following video, which will tell you what to do in the case of brake failure:

A car’s brakes are obviously an essential part of the car’s proper functioning. Danbury area residents should always maintain their brakes in optimal conditions and have them serviced and replaced periodically. But, despite our best efforts, things do go wrong from time to time. This is why it is important that drivers continue to educate themselves on how to handle all manner of emergent situations, and prepare for the worst, while hoping it never comes to pass.

If you ever experienced brake failure in Danbury,  your brakes may have failed as a result of manufacturing defects of improper servicing. Call the accident attorneys at Danbury accident attorneys – Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP  now for an immediate consultation.

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How to Handle a Tire Blowout in Danbury -video-

Suppose you’re driving down the road when suddenly your car suffers a tire blowout. For many drivers this situation would be extremely frightening, due to the loss of car control which results from a blown tire. But, despite the seriousness of this situation, there are steps Danbury drivers can take to give themselves the best chance to walk away from a tire blowout without serious injury. The following video gives pointers on how to best handle a tire blowout.

One thing that many Danbury residents may not be aware of is that on United States roads there are estimated to be millions of recalled tires in operation. Many of these tires were actually sold or serviced by major tire retailers and service companies. Recalled tires are more likely to suffer catastrophic malfunction than normal tires, and have resulted in numerous serious injuries and deaths.

If you ever experienced a tire blowout in Danbury, be sure to keep the tire and do a thorough search to see if it has been recalled. Especially in the case where someone has been injured or killed in an accident involving a tire blowout, it is important to trace the history of the tire and see whether or not it should have been on the road in the first place. If you have been seriously injured in an accident involving a blown out tire, call the accident attorneys at Danbury accident attorneys – Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP – 58 Post Road Danbury, CT 06810    855-850-1711