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Teens and vehicle safety: Product choice is centrally important

Safety regulators say that, in a perfect world, every teen motorist will be driving a vehicle that is stolid, heavy, won't roll over and provides more than adequate protection against front and side collisions.

How about a tank?

OK, that's tongue in cheek, but probably not far from what many parents would like to see their teen drivers buckled into.

A recent media release by the national nonprofit group Insurance Institute for Highway Safety focuses on the country's youngest drivers, noting that group's relative immaturity and comparatively enhanced driving vulnerabilities.

Golf course injury brings scrutiny from Connecticut OSHA

An accident that occurred last month at the town golf course in Ridgefield injured one worker and has resulted in a tandem investigation by state safety regulators and the Ridgefield Police Department.

While cutting grass at the course, a worker stepped off a mower to clear debris from the front of the machine. Under such circumstances, the mower should have automatically shut off.

Unfortunately, and owing to the intentional actions of a third party (as yet unknown at the time this post was written), it did not. Instead, the mower ensnared the worker’s hand and cut several of his fingers. He subsequently received about 50 stitches to repair the damage. Luckily, he didn’t lose any of the injured fingers.

Connecticut woman brings slip-and-fall claim against city, state

Every slip-and-fall accident occurring in the state of Connecticut that results in litigation serves as a reminder -- a primer, if you will -- of the basic parameters regarding premises liability obligations and related legal claims.

For obvious and understandable reasons, property owners and managers have a legal duty to keep the property under their control in a reasonably safe condition. That means maintaining it -- whether it is a residence, shopping mall, parking lot, movie theater, swimming pool, sidewalk or other property -- in a sufficiently safe manner to guard against injury to guests and visitors (and even trespassers in some instances).

Amusement park rides: Generally not news, unless they fail

Connecticut has a number of options for people who like rides and adventure, including myriad amusement parks, water parks and theme-based venues.

The bottom line with such facilities is obviously having fun, and that is certainly not hard to do when basic safety precautions are taken and the rides themselves are safe.

When they’re not, personal injury outcomes can be tragic, as well as highly publicized. When an amusement park ride fails and results in injuries to riders, the mishap is often high-profile national news.

July 4 weekend: Many crashes and injuries, but no fatalities

It is unquestionably a busy time of the year for Connecticut traffic officials and safety regulators across a number of fronts.

Such is the case every year over the summer season, for myriad and obvious reasons.

For starters, kids are out of school, which takes scores of thousands of youngsters out of classrooms and away from a controlled safety environment and puts them into less controlled venues for many hours each day. In short, there is an increased propensity for child-related personal injuries during summertime, ranging from bicycle and pedestrian accidents to water-related and amusement park mishaps.

A momentous year for GM: recalls that just don't stop

A word that might come quickly to mind for many of our readers in Connecticut and elsewhere these days regarding auto maker colossus General Motors is "reeling."

The terms "staggering" and "stumbling" might also serve as apt depictions for the troubled manufacturing giant, especially in the immediate wake of the company's announcement earlier this week that it is greatly expanding an already historic-sized safety recall.

To put things into perspective, GM's record recall this year -- with it being noted, of course, that the year is only half over -- is already equal in numbers of called-back vehicles to the number of vehicles that it recently sold over a two-year period.

Connecticut authorities out on water to stress boating safety

Connecticut authorities believe that enhanced safety on state waterways over the July 4 holiday depends largely on high-visibility enforcement efforts engaged in prior to the celebratory weekend. Given that belief, it is small wonder that many state boaters noted a high level of Coast Guard and state/local police activity on Connecticut lakes and rivers last weekend aimed at promoting that message.

“Operation Dry Water” was carried out from June 27-29 with a two-fold objective that boating authorities hoped to strongly impress on boat drivers and passengers, namely, a focus on education and accident reduction.

The operation is a recurring effort aimed at reducing personal injuries on the water nationwide. It was established in 2009, with a central idea being that a highly visible police presence out on the water in states across the country in the week prior to Independence Day will make boating safer over the holiday weekend.

Multiple injuries noted in Connecticut Amtrak crash, derailment

It was indeed a close call, with human error being clearly apparent. And although no life-threatening injuries were reported following an in-state Amtrak train crash and derailment earlier this week, the incident was serious enough to merit comments from Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy.

The accident occurred mid-morning on Monday near Berlin, when a train departing from New Haven en route to Springfield struck a work truck and wood trailer.

Prior to the accident, a work crew manning the tree-trimming truck and a trailer containing a wood chipper had been working on railroad tracks outside Berlin. The workers attempted to get off the tracks, but were unable to do so. For reasons unstated in a recent media report, a locked gate crossing the tracks impeded their exit.

In Connecticut, AAA now offers bicyclists roadside help

Traffic-related accidents are of course a major concern across Connecticut and all other states, with most attention understandably being focused upon persons fatally or seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents. After all, the great majority of accident victims on American roads are drivers and other occupants in passenger vehicles.

For a number of reasons, though, an increased personal injury focus has centered on bicyclists in recent years, as pedal-powered transportation has gained strong popularity across many areas of the country, especially for commuters in American cities.

Many factors have contributed to the increased popularity of bicycles, including environmental awareness, physical fitness concerns, the costs of owning and maintaining a car, and the price of gasoline.

Special nemesis on Connecticut roads: fatal DUI accidents

Although relevant Connecticut statistics indicate that drunk driving accidents do not rank high on the “biggest cause” list of crashes occurring in the state, DUI crashes far outrank any other cause as catalysts in fatal accident outcomes.

That is obviously tragic, with data supplied by state agencies indicating that 329 deaths were reported statewide in DUI-related motor vehicle accidents from 2009 through 2012.

The Hartford Courant recently analyzed accident data collected by the University of Connecticut and maintained on a website, and the released findings are detailed and sobering. Here are a few of the central takeaways extracted from accidents occurring within the above-cited timeframe:

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