In Connecticut, the stretch of Interstate 95 extending east from New York City is known for two factors: extensive, time-consuming traffic and above average collision rates. In this corner of Fairfield County, the infrastructure has not been updated since the 1950s.
Fatal collisions have been on the rise since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite less time spent on the road. Back in April, a report published in CT Insider revealed that the first four months of 2022 saw the same number of wrong-way crash fatalities as all of 2021.
A recent accident along I-395 exemplified why Connecticut enacted its Move Over Law in 2009. A tow truck driver who was assisting at the scene was hit by a tractor trailer that did not slow down or change lanes. Although no one was injured, both vehicles were damaged.
While solo bicycle accidents are more common, collisions with cars and trucks pose a greater safety hazard. Similar to motorcycle riders, cyclists have little to no protection in an accident.
Road traffic has significantly decreased over the past year. With fewer people commuting during the Coronavirus pandemic, areas previously known for congestion have become mostly clear for those still traveling. While these conditions may sound ideal, near-empty roads have resulted in more dangerous driving behaviors.