New London, CT – Safety regulations and traffic laws are important for minimizing the possibility that any driver will be involved in an accident. A common problem that many cars have is when a headlight suddenly goes out. This is not always noticeable, and the driver may face traffic citations for driving without all required lights on. However, a driver who gets involved in an accident due to a lack of proper lighting may be found to be negligent. 

Connecticut’s headlight laws

The state law in Connecticut says that headlights must be used starting thirty minutes after sunset until thirty minutes before sunrise. These lights need to be activated in any kind of precipitation, or if there is inclement weather that makes visibility less than 500 feet for drivers. The statute also says that any time there is fog, snow, or various other forms of weather that may affect a driver’s ability to see, the lights must be activated.  

Anyone who is stopped by a police officer for violating these laws may receive a traffic citation. 

Driving and visibility

As a general rule, drivers should always activate their headlights if there is any question regarding the quality of visibility on the roads, and if the sun is starting to go down at the end of the day. This will help avoid the possibility of any issues related to improper headlight use, and allow other drivers to see the vehicle more easily, even in poor conditions. 

Violations of vehicle regulations and negligence

Accidents caused by drivers who have violated a traffic law such as not using their headlights correctly may result in additional civil lawsuits as well. Traffic violations can be used as evidence of negligence in any civil case. Especially in cases where a driver was found to have caused a collision at least in part because of a violation of a relevant traffic safety law, the plaintiff may be more likely to receive a settlement or a favorable jury verdict. 

Damages

The victim can be compensated for all of their losses tied to the defendant’s negligence. This can include repairs to the car, medical treatment and hospital stays, lost income, and other financial problems related to the collision. Non-economic damages for emotional pain and suffering are also available. There are also sometimes called pain and suffering damages, and accident victims who were traumatized, stressed, and in pain after a collision will be able to argue for an amount that reflects their amount of suffering and a reduction in their quality of life. It is often necessary to get legal assistance to receive an estimate of the potential damages available. As a general rule, more serious accidents result in larger damage awards. 

Getting legal help

Accident victims in the New London area can contact Holth and Kollman for more information about injury lawsuits

Firm contact info:

Holth & Kollman, LLC

58 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320

860-447-0331

www.holthkollman.com

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