Car crashes can result in a wide range of injuries—from broken bones to punctured organs to head and back injuries to facial disfigurement. If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, as well as mental health issues like depression, anxiousness, intense mood swings or post-traumatic stress as a result of a recent accident, Milford car accident lawyer Jim Miron understands what’s you’re going through. He’s worked closely with hundreds of clients recovering from, and living with, the long-term impact of automobile, truck, or motorcycle accidents.
Car Accident Statistics in Connecticut, Milford and Fairfield County
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over two-and-a-half million people get injured each year in passenger vehicles. In Connecticut, with a modest total population of just over 3.5 million, 236 peopled died in vehicle crashes in 2012, and 110 were passenger car drivers or passengers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Locally, Milford reported 1,447 accidents, with 538 injuries and 9 fatalities. Fairfield reported 1301 accidents, 422 resulting in injuries and 3 fatalities, while the numbers for Bridgeport were 5533 total accidents, 1589 resulting in injuries and 7 fatalities.
Cars accounted for just over 80% of vehicular accidents that resulted in injuries, followed by single-unit trucks (6.95%), passenger vans (3.41%), motorcycles (2.51%), trucks identified as single unit/dual tires (0.92%) and tractor-trailer trucks (0.97%). Among fatal accidents, two statistics really stand out—larger trucks accounted for over 7% of fatalities and motorcycles were involved in 13.32% of fatal accidents.
Overall, 29% of accidents occurred in Fairfield County, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Statewide, of the 7931 accidents that resulted in reported injuries, drivers following too closely caused 30.43% of accidents that resulted in injuries, with 19.62% caused by drivers who failed to grant the right of way. Drivers who lost control caused 13.3% of accident resulting in injuries (though 25% of fatal accidents), while those speeding “too fast for conditions” were sited in 10.19% of injury accidents. Improper lane change was to blame in 3.0% of incidents, and drivers violating traffic controls in 6.85%.
In many ways, the alcohol-related accident statistics were the most interesting and disturbing. Less than 2.0% of total accidents involved drivers who were influenced by alcohol or drugs, and just 2.41% of those accidents that caused injuries. However, alcohol was to blame in almost 30% of accident fatalities!
Connecticut Gold Coast Attorney Represents Car Accident Victims
Serving the Milford, Bridgeport and Fairfield area for over two decades, attorney Jim Miron has proven experience representing personal injury clients like you. When you meet with Jim, he will take the time to really listen to the details of your accident, take a full inventory of your injuries and the losses associated with your recovery and will give you his honest opinion on the strength of your case. If you or a loved one needs an experienced Milford car accident lawyer to fight for your rights, call attorney Jim Miron for a free, no obligation consultation at 203.339.5991 or use the convenient “contact us” feature on this website.