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HAZMAT crashes: The threat of hazardous materials

Getting into a truck accident is bad enough, but what happens if the truck is carrying hazardous materials? That is a question that could be the defining factor in your situation. If the hazardous materials spill, they could be extremely damaging to your vehicle and cause injury to those inside.

The kinds of hazardous materials trucks carry vary from water and gasoline to highly toxic materials and acids. To prevent these materials from hurting people in a crash, the trucks and tankers generally have several layers of protection. Unfortunately, a leak could lead to fires, acid burns and other problems.

1 motorcyclist dies in 2-vehicle crash in New Haven

When motorcyclists take to the road, they're at a higher risk of death when involved in an accident than many others. They have no protection if they're hit by a driver, and what might result in minor injuries for someone in a car could be life-threatening to the motorcyclist.

In this case, a crash resulted in a motorcyclist losing his life. A driver who is accused of fleeing the scene of a crash in New Haven has been charged, according to a Jul. 2 report. The news states that the man now faces negligent homicide charges for the crash that took place at the end of June.

Malpractice payment averages rise in 2017

It is usually good news when you hear that the number of malpractice payments have reduced overall. What does it mean, though, when those payments increase? It could mean that fewer, but more serious, incidents occur or that there are really fewer serious cases overall.

Each year, there are many medical malpractice cases that go to the courts because of mistakes that resulted in injuries to patients. With fewer cases in 2017, you'd think that there would be less money spent paying victims, but that has not been the reality.

What you need to know if your child suffers an injury

Injuries are usually a normal part of growing up, as active children play and take tumbles and falls. However, some injuries are not so innocent. If your child suffers an injury due to the negligence of another, you may need to take action to receive compensation.

Childhood personal injuries are a specialized area of personal injury practice dealing specifically with injuries that children suffer. These range from bicycle accidents and dog bites to other types of injuries that may be the result of negligence. If you suspect someone else's negligence played a role in your child's injury, here is some information you need to know:

Rollover crashes: 3 factors play a role

If you were in a rollover crash, one of your most pressing concerns is likely how to prevent another rollover from affecting you ever again. You may be interested to know what has to happen for a rollover to occur, so you can better prepare your vehicle and yourself if you're driving in the future.

Rollover crashes are caused by a few factors. They typically include the type of vehicle, location and speed involved. Your own behaviors may play a role in the crash, but it's most likely that these three factors will cause the highest risk of a rollover.

What should you remember about truck crashes?

Between 2015 and 2016, the number of large trucks that became involved in fatal crashes grew by around 3 percent. Interestingly, commercial vehicles used for transportation of passengers, like buses, saw a decrease of 14 percent in the same time frame.

There are many reasons why trucks might be involved in more crashes today than in the past. More trucks on the road could be one reason, and heavier travel is another. Thanks to an improving economy, it's common to see a greater number of trucks transporting goods on the highways.

What happens when you suffer a brain injury?

When you suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it's hard to deal with the changes in your own body. Despite having no physical injury to your body other than your brain, you may struggle to walk or speak. You may have weakness or deal with other problems. It's hard to handle, but fortunately, recovery is possible, at least to a degree, in most cases.

When a person suffers from a brain injury, there may be damage to the axons. The axons transmit messages from one part of the brain to the other, allowing it to communicate. Most of the time, damaged axons cannot regrow, requiring the brain to "reroute" signals through other pathways. Interestingly, some axons do regrow in the dorsal raphe. Some researchers hope to use this information to better help patients who have suffered injuries by learning ways to encourage axon regrowth.

Driver loses license following fatal bus crash

Imagine sending your child to school and believing that he or she will be safe on a field trip. You trust the teachers and drivers, and you don't think anything will go wrong.

However, a driver makes a mistake that leads to a serious crash. Now, you're facing the loss of your child and have to question everything you thought about the safety of the school and the nature of its faculty. That's a horrible feeling and one several families are dealing with now in a crash that made national news.

2 SUVs collide, police question how crash occurred

Not every crash is straightforward, and it can be confusing to know who is responsible. If you're a passenger in a vehicle, though, there is one certain factor in your case. That is that the driver of your vehicle can be held responsible for your injuries even if he or she didn't cause the crash.

When it comes to being a passenger, you're in a good position to make a claim. You put your life into the hands of another person when you allow him or her to drive, which means that you may be able to make a claim if you're injured. If you're killed, your family may have the option to do so.

Man arrested after fleeing police in Hartford

It's a shock any time a police chase occurs. People know that they shouldn't flee, yet they do anyway. This puts them and others at risk of being in a crash.

The man in this case has been a danger to himself and others more than once, according to the police. A man in Hartford has been arrested following a police chase. According to the April 28 report, the man had stolen a pickup truck and became involved in a police chase when they approached his stopped vehicle after a person reported that someone could be in medical distress inside the vehicle. When he awoke with officers speaking to him, he began to drive away, hitting a nearby firetruck.

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