Category Archives: Personal Injury

Determining Liability When an Autonomous Vehicle Crashes

Technology sometimes progresses much more rapidly than the law, leaving legal rights and responsibilities in a gray area. This is the case with autonomous vehicles — also known as driverless or self-driving cars. While autonomous vehicles are still in the testing stages, it is only a short matter of time before they become common sights… Read More »

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents in Connecticut

Due to their sheer size and weight, commercial vehicles like tractor-trailers and semi-trucks can cause serious and even deadly accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), over 4,100 people were killed in truck accidents in the United States in 2018. Many of these accidents occurred due to negligent behavior on the part… Read More »

WORKERS COMPENSATION AND THE PRINCIPAL EMPLOYER RULE

In a recent decision, the Connecticut Appellate Court had occasion to review the circumstances where an employee of a subcontractor can maintain a claim for workers compensation benefits against the “principal employer.” Section 31-291 of the Connecticut General Statutes provides that “when any principal employer procures any work to be done wholly or part for… Read More »

SUDDEN ACCELERATION IN TESLA VEHICLES: FACT OR FICTION?

Recently new allegations of unintended sudden acceleration in Tesla vehicles have made national headlines. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reviewing a petition that alleges that Tesla models experience sudden unintended acceleration which results in dangerous situations. The Agency is reviewing the petition, which references 127 separate complaints with 110 crashes and 52 injuries…. Read More »

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: CRASHING INTO CONNECTICUT

In the last two years I have written several blogs on the safety risks inherent in autonomous vehicles: The Future is Here Technology with Risks Safety at Risk The common thread reveals technological advances that carry with them inherent safety risks. These risks, whether caused by inadequate safety risk assessments or failure of the vehicle… Read More »

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: SAFETY AT RISK

In previous blogs I wrote about the emerging trends in autonomous vehicles, and the risks inherent in the new technology. [GPS Blog – The Future is Here] [GPS Blog – Technology with Risks]. I specifically referenced well publicized accidents involving the autonomous vehicles, and the rapid response of the potentially liable parties in reaching settlements… Read More »

DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF CONSORTIUM

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? In prior blogs I discussed different types of damages recoverable for injury or harm caused by negligent or reckless conduct, as well as different components of damages, including damages for economic and non-economic compensation for injuries. In addition to these damages designed to compensate the injured person, Connecticut also permits… Read More »

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME AND THE IMPACT ON ROAD SAFETY

Daylight saving time ended again on Sunday, November 3rd and, for just one day, we all got that lovely one extra hour of sleep that we all hope for. But what impact does daylight saving time have for us immediately following the change to those clocks? Studies show that daylight saving time does, in fact,… Read More »

DOG BITES: LANDLORD LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY A TENANT’S DOG

In a blog published in 2016 I wrote about the Connecticut Strict Liability law as it relates to damages caused by dogs, and the absolute responsibility of the owner or keeper of the dog for those damages. A question that often comes up is what happens when the owner or keeper is a tenant in… Read More »

ENHANCED DAMAGES FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING: Statutory Double or Treble Damages

In recent blogs we covered damages and distracted driving. Now, those topics come together with the passage of Substitute House Bill No. 7126, which amends section 14-295 of the Connecticut General Statutes by adding distracted driving to the litany of traffic violations that will give rise to double or treble damages. This statute provides that… Read More »

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