At 1:30 in the morning a Woodbridge police officer heard tires squealing and a crash that he couldn’t ignore. He raced to the scene of the New Haven auto accident and did what law enforcement does, worked to protect the injured in the vehicle. The driver, a Bridgeport man, was pulled out of the car before being rushed to Yale-New Haven hospital. The officer, who pulled the driver out of the vehicle before the car caught on fire, was hailed as a hero.
If it were not for the brave men and women who patrol our streets during all hours of the night and morning to protect and serve our interests, more of these accidents would have devastating outcomes. In this case, the car was totaled but the driver survived thanks to the quick thinking action of an area police officer. These situations can be avoided with some simple safety steps taken by all drivers. These safety steps may include;
1.) Avoid driving late at night. Visibility is often lower late at night and while roads are generally less crowded, there are still cars on the road that you come in contact with and if visibility is down, they may cause a hazard.
2.) Do not drink or do drugs and drive. It is more likely that someone will be driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol at night and this is a recipe for disaster. If you are partaking in alcohol or drugs that affect your ability to operate your vehicle in any way you should not get behind the wheel. In the event that you are not able to drive you may call a cab or a ride sharing service that can help get you home safely and without incident.
3.) If you are tired, do not venture out. Only you can know your body’s capacity, but if you can feel yourself not being able to stay awake, you should not get behind the wheel. If you are driving and a feeling of tiredness comes over you, you should immediately find a safe place to pull over and take a nap. Being tired has been shown to be just as dangerous as being under the influence of drugs or alcohol when you’re behind the wheel.
One other thing you can do that is important is that when you know you will be out late at night, before you leave for the evening, make a plan. How will you get home if you drink too much? Where will you sleep if you are too tired to drive? What route will you take to get home safely? Answering these questions before you head out for the night can not only help you prevent a New Haven auto accident, but it can also be the difference between having a good night end, well, and having a good night end poorly.
After a night out if you find yourself having been in an accident and injured, you may need to speak with an attorney who can review your case. Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will work with you to protect your long-term interests.