Most Common Causes of New Haven Auto Accidents

January 15th, 2018

New Haven auto accidents do happen and unfortunately these road crashes can be caused by human error. While some are relatively minor, thousands of lives are taken every year by these horrible accidents. Because your own life can be at risk if you drive in an unsafe manner, it is so important to drive carefully and follow all traffic laws. However, just because you are careful does not mean that you can assure that all other drivers on the road will do the same thing. If you are in a New Haven auto accident, it may not be your fault, and you should not be held responsible for the damages caused by the mistakes of other drivers. These are the most common causes of accidents: Distracted driving Drowsy driving Drunk driving Speeding Reckless driving Rain Running red lights Design defects Tailgating Night driving Wrong way driving Teen drivers Drugs Poholes Tire blowouts Construction zones Animal crossings

New Haven Auto Accidents: Avoid a Tire Blowout Accident

January 11th, 2018

Winter weather conditions take their toll on car tires and blowouts are very common during this time of the year. These blowouts are often caused by too little pressure in the tire. It is important to check tires on a regular basis and also look for any signs of tire wear. Tire care and maintenance are crucial to get the best performance out of a car. It can also help you avoid losing control of your vehicle and avoid the risk of being in a crash. If you were involved in an accident caused by a bad tire, a New Haven auto accident attorney can assess your situation and help protect your interests. The top causes for tire blowouts are: Defective tires from the manufacturer, which are generally covered under a warranty Tires without the right air pressure level Defects that cause quick air loss Punctures from nails or screws Overloading the car A flat tire can happen at any moment. Make sure you properly maintain your car’s tires and keep the air pressure appropriately adjusted. If you or a loved one were in a crash and suspect a tire blowout, contact the experienced New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm.

Avoid A New Haven Personal Injury By Playing Nice With Your Neighbor’s Dog

January 9th, 2018

Nearly 5 million people get dog bites in the United States each year and almost a million of those people require medical attention. In the State of Connecticut these dog bites which require medical attention are the responsibility of the dog owner. The Connecticut Humane Society has some suggestions on how to avoid being one of the people who needs to seek medical attention for a dog bite . Don’t approach a strange dog that you are unfamiliar with Never turn your back on a dog and run away, they will want to give chase. Don’t pet a dog without letting him sniff you first Teach your children to ask permission before petting a dog Don’t disturb a dog that is eating, caring for puppies, or sleeping Following these steps will not completely prevent the possibility of being bitten by a dog, but they can significantly reduce the chances that you will find yourself seeking medical attention for a dog bite. If you are bitten by a dog, seek medical attention and consult an experienced and knowledgeable New Haven personal injury lawyer to help you file your claim.

New Haven Personal Injury: The Most Common ER Visit Is Preventable

January 7th, 2018

Most people visit the ER when the care needed for themselves or a loved one requires immediate medical attention. Chest pains, broken bones, New Haven auto accidents, severe burns, and gastrointestinal illness are among some of the reasons people get treated at their local emergency department. However, according to a New York City physician, the biggest reason people visit the emergency department is due to slip and fall accidents. While many fall-related injuries are truly accidents, most head injuries sustained in falls are preventable by use of a helmet especially falls from a bicycle or motorcycle. Connecticut helmet law requires all bicyclists under the age of 16 to wear a helmet. Motorcyclists age 17 years and younger are required to wear a helmet while all motorcyclists are required to wear protective eye wear unless their bike is equipped with a windshield. If you or your loved one was injured in a New Haven slip and fall accident or some other type of fall, and believe someone else to be at fault, call our office. Our team of experienced New Haven personal injury lawyers will help you protect your interests.

Connecticut’s Teen Driver Laws Are Working

January 4th, 2018

A new study by AAA shows that Connecticut’s teen driving laws are in fact working. Connecticut’s Graduated Driver Licensing Law, which went into effect in 2008, has helped keep teens, and their parents, committed to following safe driving practices and avoid New Haven auto accidents. The UConn crash data speaks for itself. In 2004 the number of crashes involving 16 and 17 year-olds was 2,449 down to 949 in 2014. With all 50 states placing restrictions on teen drivers at varying levels, the biggest contributors to teen accident fatalities are distracted driving, speeding, and drowsy driving. If you or your loved one was injured in a New Haven auto accident, our firm might be able to help you protect your long-term interests. We have been helping New Haven and the Connecticut shoreline’s injured for nearly 60 years. Contact our office immediately for a free consultation.

New Connecticut Laws Now In Effect For 2018

January 2nd, 2018

When the clock struck midnight on January 1, over 30 new laws went into effect in the State of Connecticut. Below are some highlights: Regulation of Uber and Lyft. This new legislation requires both companies to register with the state Department of Transportation to screen drivers and set insurance limits for drivers. Taxi companies can now use apps to calculate fares. Changes to stage 4 metastatic cancer. Insurance companies can no longer require patients to do step therapy for their metastatic cancer. Ticket sales on the secondary market. This prohibits the sale of some non-transferable tickets for entertainment events. Minimum liability coverage for auto insurance. This new law will require drivers to increase their coverage to $25,000 minimum liability coverage per person in a New Haven auto accident, $50,000 per accident for bodily injury, and $25,000 for property damage. Previous amounts were $20,000, $50,000, and $10,000, respectively. DMV changes. The Connecticut DMV will offer a Hartford Whalers license plate to motorists. Learner’s permits will also now expire 2 years after issuance (instead of at age 18 it was previously) or on the day the permit holder receives their driver’s license. Here is a complete list of new laws that went into effect on January 1, 2018.

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