New Haven Personal Injury: Understanding Right Of Way

June 19th, 2018

Connecticut law sometimes gives motorist and cyclists the right-of-way; this means that if a pedestrian is attempting to cross the street and he or she is not in a crosswalk, he or she must first let motorists and cyclist pass. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians should all be aware of one another when sharing Connecticut roadways. Here are a few ways to avoid a New Haven personal injury for everyone that shares the road: Obey traffic laws. Follow road signs and signals. Yield as needed. Stay alert. If you or a loved one is injured call our New Haven personal injury lawyers. Our team can help you navigate the claims process and investigate your case. We know the insurance company’s tricks – we represented them for 15 years.

Avoiding A Nighttime New Haven Personal Injury On Your Bike

June 15th, 2018

Bikes are a great way to get around during the warmer months, especially in an urban community like New Haven. They can be dangerous after dark. Not surprisingly New Haven personal injury bicycle accidents have a tendency to increase at night. There are certain steps you can take to prevent an accident, even at night: Install turn signals just below your bicycle seat as hand signals will not be visible at night. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wearing reflective clothing can help bicyclists become more visible both during the day and evening hours. Add reflective stickers to your helmet so that traffic can more readily see you. Ride together.  The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recommends safety in numbers.  Riders who cycle in groups are much more likely to be seen and avoid fatal injuries. Know the rules of the road.  Following the rules of the road at anytime of the day is crucial to preventing a bicycle accident and particularly at night. Riding a bicycle at night increases your risk for an accident. If you or a loved one has experienced a crash, the New Haven personal injury lawyers at The LoRicco Law Firm can help you protect your long term interests.

New Haven Hit-and-Run Auto Accidents Continue To Rise

June 13th, 2018

Hit and run accidents killed 2,000 people and were responsible for nearly one crash every minute on United States roadways, according to a new study by the AAA Traffic Safety Foundation. New Haven auto accidents that are hit-and-run continue to be on the rise. The amount of these type of crashes are the highest on record since 2009. The study also reports from 2006 to 2016 in Connecticut, there were 148 hit and run crashes involving at least one death. There was an increase in fatalities from 2015 where there were 14 incidents compared to 2016 where there were 24 incidents. Over a six-year span, more than half of the fatal crashes in Connecticut generally occurred overnight, primarily on weekends, in the Fall. Connecticut drivers who hit a pedestrian with their vehicle are required by law to stop, stay at the scene, provide aid if necessary, and call police. If you or your loved one was injured in a hit-and-run call our New Haven auto accident attorneys immediately. Our experienced team will begin and immediate investigation into your injuries.

Worn Tires Can Cause New Haven Auto Accidents

June 11th, 2018

If you have ever driven a car that had worn tire treads, you know that there is an increased chance for skidding on roadways and causing New Haven auto accidents. A new report from AAA recommends that drivers replace their vehicles tires before 4/32 inches of tread. Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles says that if your tires are below 2/32 inch of tread, your tires are too bald and it is time to replace them. Worn tires driving at highway speeds on wet pavement increases your average stopping distance by 43%, compared to new tires. Despite Connecticut regulations, there were 653 tire-related crashes in which 246 people were injured or killed in Connecticut in 2017, reports the UCONN Crash Data Repository. These figures equate on average to 12 crashes a week or approximately 5 people a week killed or injured in the state because of tire-related issues. Because of driving dangers with wet tires, AAA recommends; Increase your following distance to allow for space to the car in front of you; Reduce speed; avoid hard braking; Avoid using cruise control; Gently ease off the accelerator and steer in the direction you want to go if you hydroplane. When the wheels gain traction, you’ll be in control of the vehicle. Don’t brake forcefully since this may cause a skid. If you or your loved one was in a crash, the New Haven…continue reading

New Haven Auto Accidents & Nerve Damage

June 8th, 2018

After a New Haven auto accident, injuries can show up days or weeks after the impact including nerve injuries. They may not appear as serious as a broken bone or bruising, but nerve damage often lasts longer and requires ongoing medical care. Nerve damage may become just as debilitating as an injury you can see, hindering work and decreasing your overall quality of life. Nerves can interfere with the transmission of signals when damaged. When a New Haven auto accident happens, the sudden movements and impact may put pressure on the back and spinal cord. Motion isn’t the same in all accidents and your body could experience any of the following: Blunt Force Trauma: When a victim hits his or her head, legs, arms or another body part on a hard surface, the nerves may become compressed. Neck Sprain and Strain: Any ligaments or tissues within the neck may be stretched or torn from an accident, resulting in general pain and stiffness. Herniated Discs: Also called a ruptured or slipped disc, this condition occurs when an accident places too much pressure on the spine. The victim experiences a combination of pain, numbness and weakness in the back and neck area. Broken or Dislocated Bones: In general, a bone moved out of place may compress or damage any neighboring nerves. If you or a loved one was injured, a New Haven auto…continue reading

New Haven Auto Accidents & 100 Deadliest Days

June 6th, 2018

It is the first week of June and we are just two weeks into the 100 deadliest days (the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day where teens are more often in fatal accidents). A study conducted by Boston University School of Medicine suggests that limiting teenage driving, or any driving for that matter, on Friday or Saturday nights can decrease the risk of a New Haven auto accident where drunk driving was a factor.  Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death of children and teenagers. The study found that the states that had the lowest child/teen fatalities were those that had the strictest mix of teen driving and drunk driving laws. Connecticut teens are restricted from having passengers in their vehicle for the first six months except parents and licensed adults over 21. The second six months, teen drivers can operate a vehicle with their siblings. Until their 18th birthday, young drivers may not operate a motor vehicle between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Connecticut law prohibits drivers from operating a motor vehicle at 0.08 blood alcohol content. If you are under the age of 21 years, 0.02 BAC would be considered legally intoxicated. If you or a loved one was injured on the road, a New Haven auto accident attorney will begin an immediate investigation into your case. We have been protecting the interests and rights of those in New Haven…continue reading

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