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Fatal fire underscores premises liability issues, concerns

The tragic tale of a house fire that occurred last year in Massachusetts commands broad relevance in Connecticut and every other state, given the ready potential for recurrence of something similar.

That “something” equates to the dire outcome that far too often happens in the realm of premises liability, where harm suffered by one or more persons occurs solely because of the negligent acts or omissions of a third party with a legal duty to take safety precautions.

The negligent maintenance of property is often at the heart of a premises liability case, just as it was in a recent media story chronicling one college student’s death following her inability to get out of a boarding house after a fire started. Several other students, who had to jump out of upper-story windows, were injured. Exits required by law were lacking in the house, which had a documented history of maintenance and related issues.

The Brave New World of vehicle technology, Part 2

A recent media article on the persistent evolvement of next-generation safety technologies in vehicles notes that those continuous tech updates are helping "to save us from ourselves."

That is likely no understatement, given the plethora of mobile devices that seem to virtually hypnotize millions of people across the country. Smartphones and other hand-held technical gizmos certainly have their appeal, as well as an obvious utility, but their limitations when used by drivers out on state and national roadways are eminently clear.

In that realm, they are killing catalysts, that is, distracting instruments that reduce driver focus and have a demonstrated link with automobile accidents.

Your car might soon be more self-aware than you are

Self-awareness.

Certainly we all applaud it. A person duly able to perceive well what is going on in his or her immediate world functions far better than someone who is fuzzily focused and not attuned to essential details. For every person, being aware is of paramount value at the workplace, when engaged in a new pursuit or learning activity, when immersed in a new environment and simply as a general matter.

In the most fundamental and obvious sense, self-awareness and personal vigilance is of utmost importance to any person in Connecticut or elsewhere who slides behind the wheel of an automobile. The driving/awareness equation is both obvious and simply expressed: As awareness diminishes, the risk for an automobile accident increases.

Motorcycle focus, Part 2: Safety, vigilance constant imperatives

There is a sad and heavy price to pay, sometimes, in compensation for the great freedom many motorcyclists say they experience when they travel on state and national roadways on their bikes.

We alluded to that in our immediately preceding blog post, noting an insurance institute’s motorcycle crash report issued last month. The safety data compiled on motorcycle riding is flatly voluminous and, as we noted in our post this past Tuesday, the Insurance Information Institute (III) indicates that a universal helmet law would indisputably go far toward promoting better accident outcomes for bike accident victims.

Motorcycles: among conveyances, singular in so many ways

It has been stated often that Americans have a flat-out love affair with their automobiles.

What about motorcycles?

According to the United States Department of Transportation, there were approximately 8.5 million motorcycles being operated across the country in 2012.

Legions of motorcycle enthusiasts are far more than just fond of their bikes; indeed, they are enamored of them.

You've been in a motor vehicle accident: What do you do now?

"Even the best drivers can get in traffic accidents."

So states an accident guide written by an organization devoted to public dissemination of motor vehicle laws across the country, including in Connecticut.

That simple observation made by the national transportation-focused group DMV.org underscores this central reality regarding state and national roadways: No street or interstate corridor is ever truly safe, nor can be it made so as long as negligent and otherwise careless motorists operate vehicles.

Must you always report a car accident to police in Connecticut?

Conscientious Connecticut motorists understandably invest most of their focus on state roadways on literally steering clear of any involvement in a motor vehicle accident.

Sometimes, though, and despite the best efforts of a good driver, accidents simply happen. Equipment fails. Tires blow out. A slippery spot on the road proves perilous.

And then, of course, there are those other drivers. Most are vigilant and law-abiding, but not all. Who hasn't seen a driver whiz past with one hand on the wheel and the other on his or her cellphone? Who hasn't pulled up to a stoplight and looked on with amazement at a motorist in the next lane shaving or applying facial makeup?

Survey says: Don't tinker with minimum age for drinking

More than 30 years ago, a uniform legal drinking age was established in all states across the country, with a Gallup poll taken around that time revealing wide support nationally for federal legislation that set 21 as the threshold age for legal drinkers.

As wide as support for the legislation was back in 1984 (when it stood at close to 80 percent), it appears to be equally strong now, with recent Gallup polling data indicating that about 74 percent of Americans favor leaving the threshold drinking age just where it is.

Although many Connecticut minors and their peers elsewhere across the country might be chagrined to hear that, such wide support seemingly ensures that no age adjustments are on the horizon.

The key attributes of a proven personal injury law firm

As lawyers, we can certainly empathize with members of the general public who have suffered a personal injury and subsequently seek legal assistance for medical expenses, lost wages and related costs arising from that harm.

Indeed, it can be flatly overwhelming for an accident victim in Connecticut or anywhere else in the country to scan law firms and try to come to a studied conclusion regarding their effectiveness and professionalism.

For starters, an injured accident victim is already compromised by the physical and emotional fallout suffered as a result of third-party negligence. Consequently, immediate needs are myriad and pressing. An injury victim obviously needs to get well, to ensure that things continue to remain OK on the job front and to know that family members will continue to be provided for during a period of recovery and rehabilitation.

Premises liability injury considerations: Get a proven lawyer

Say, for example, that you’re a Connecticut resident who slips and falls at a business establishment, injuring yourself. As a result, you incur substantial medical expenses and lose additional money through the time you have to spend at home -- and, thus, away from work -- recuperating.

You reasonably believe that the business owner, who leases space from a property owner, was negligent in keeping conditions safe in the area where you were injured. That party strenuously denies any liability, stating that the duty of care in maintaining the space resides with the property owner. The owner in turn denies liability, saying that the lessee is contractually required to properly look out for the interests of customers.

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