Pedestrian Safety This Fall

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October 19th, 2018

As New Haven personal injury lawyers, we see  pedestrian accidents often. While traveling on foot is potentially dangerous all year round, it’s particularly risky during the autumn weeks and months when daylight is limited and precipitation is a common occurrence. Here are some tips to stay safe as a pedestrian this fall: Mind the crosswalk. It should go without saying that using crosswalks is the safest way to cross the street. However, you shouldn’t assume that just because you’re in a crosswalk means you’re not at risk of being struck by a car. Vehicles have blind spots, and drivers may not be able to see you if the lighting is dim, in unclear weather, or they simply aren’t looking out for pedestrians, so you should always be on high alert and walk defensively when crossing. Don’t walk and text. When navigating busy intersections, your mind needs to be completely focused on looking for cars and making sure it’s safe to cross the road. If you need to send a text, do so from the safety of the sidewalk, NOT while you’re walking in the street. Safely navigate areas without designated pedestrian paths. If you encounter a situation in which you have no choice but to walk on the street, you should always travel in the opposite direction of traffic so that oncoming motorists can see you (and you can…continue reading

Autumn Slip and Fall Accidents & New Haven Personal Injuries

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October 17th, 2018

Slip and fall accidents are common, especially in the New Haven autumn season. Accidents related to slip and falls are more prone to occur in the autumn months due to seasonal hazards: fallen leaves, wet surfaces, and sometimes snow and ice. While beautiful in the autumn season, leaves can be particularly hazardous for many reasons. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every five falls can cause serious injury. The following tips identify and issue ways to handle and prevent slip and fall accidents from occurring this autumn season. Roofers, landscapers, and construction workers are known to slip and fall from leaves on the ground while performing job duties. When patrons go to work during the autumn months, leaves are often covering stairs, entry ways, and sidewalks. When the leaves are wet, they become slippery. These slick surfaces sometimes cover potholes, cracks in the pavement, and cobblestones. Leaves can also impair the vision, just like rain and fog, especially when it gets dark. With days getting shorter in the fall months, it can be difficult for patrons to see, causing New Haven slip and fall injuries. The best ways to prevent New Haven slip and fall accidents are to remove the hazards. Using slip-resistant mats and displaying the proper signage are ways to warn the public of hazards in the area. A…continue reading

New Haven Personal Injures, Dogs, & Celebrations

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October 15th, 2018

Gatherings of family and friends are all a part of the autumn and winter. Making sure you keep yourself and your guests safe from a New Haven personal injury should be a part of your party checklist. Dog bites can happen more often over the winter season. During these months, we keep our celebrations indoors; and that typically includes Fido, too. As we stress over preparations, so do our dogs. In the state of Connecticut, the dog bite law is strict liability. This means that when the dog you care for harms another, you are responsible for the injuries. There are very few exceptions. Dogs show their stress in their behavior by licking their lips, pulled back ears, whites of the eyes showing. growling/barking, turning their head/body away, stiff body and resisting following their owner’s commands. As people are indoors celebrating, our dogs might be getting stressed out. Here are a few ways to keep everyone safe. Eyes open. Children are not the only ones who do not understand that a dog needs space. Adults often miss a dog’s signals and don’t realize the dog needs time alone. Turn down the volume. Extra noise in their home can cause dogs to stress and become less tolerant. Stick to their diet. Avoid feeding Fido anything other than his normal diet. When dogs eat foods outside of their routine diet, it can cause them not to…continue reading

Are New Haven Drivers Relying Too Much On Technology

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October 12th, 2018

Technology has become more and more commonplace in vehicles. You know this if you have purchased a new vehicle in the last several years. From back-up cameras to safety technology, there is both good news and bad news. Driver safety technologies have been able to prevent 2.7 million auto accidents nationwide and 9,500 deaths. Unfortunately, many drivers are unaware of the safety limitations to these technologies. 80% of drivers who had vehicles with blind spot monitoring believed that it detected pedestrians, cyclists, etc. when the technology does not detect those objects and felt comfortable solely relying on the technology without double checking for pedestrians/cyclists; 40% of drivers did not know the difference between automatic emergency braking and forward collision; If you or a loved one was injured in a crash, call our New Haven auto accident attorneys immediately. Our team will begin an immediate investigation into your injuries.

When Your Child Is Injured Away At College

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October 8th, 2018

It can make even the most seasoned parents nervous when their kids go off to college. For many it is the first time you will be sending your child off on their own. Whether you are a New Haven student or visiting parent, there is always a risk for personal injury and it is important to be prepared if that New Haven personal injury should arise. If your college-age child is injured while attending a Connecticut college or university, follow these steps: Whether it is a New Haven auto accident, slip and fall, or other personal injury, your child should be immediately seen by a doctor to assess the extent of the injuries. Hire an experienced New Haven personal injury lawyer to protect your child’s interests. If the injury occurred in Connecticut, your case must be initiated in Connecticut, even if you live in another state. When your child is injured away from home you may feel helpless, but hiring an experienced team of attorneys who can aggressively pursue a claim can help to protect your child’s rights. If your child was injured while away at college, contact our office immediately.

New Haven Auto Accident: Tips for Nighttime Driving

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October 5th, 2018

Driving at night can be risky;  your visibility is significantly decreased, leading to more factors that pose a risk of a New Haven auto accident. To stay safe while driving at night, the New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm have provided these safe driving tips. Check your lights. Headlights should be used from an hour before dusk to dawn and anytime visibility is low or during bad weather. Headlights, tail lights and turn signals should be in proper working order. Check that all bulbs are operational and that lights work correctly when switched on and off. Your headlights should also be aimed properly so that you do not blind other drivers with their use. Keep a safe distance. The closer you follow a vehicle, the less time you have to react to unanticipated stops or sudden changes in traffic. For this reason you should provide a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle traveling in front of you. To keep a safe follow distance between vehicles, always leave at least three seconds of distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Do not engage in distractions. When it’s dark, it is more difficult to see hazards on the road. Remain alert while driving by ignoring distractions. This may include items, activities or people that divert your attention away from the roadway. Watch for pedestrians. Pedestrians can…continue reading

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