New Haven Personal Injury Lawyers & Summer Festivals

August 3rd, 2017

Summer in Connecticut means there are lots and lots of fun, family-friendly festivals and parties at churches or within the community. Here are a few tips to stay safe and avoid having to call a New Haven personal injury lawyer:  Bounce houses and trampolines. These structures are a lot of fun for both children and adults, but they have the potential to pose a serious risk. Follow all safety precautions from festival staff. Safe in crowds. Music festivals are known to draw massive crowds. Sometimes the crowds grow so large, attendees can sustain a New Haven personal injury. Stay alert to avoid injury. Parking lot safety. A very large number of New Haven auto accidents happen in parking lots, whether they involve one car, multiple cars or pedestrians, these types of accidents can cause significant injuries. If you or a loved one was injured, an experienced New Haven personal injury lawyer can help you with your claim. We know the insurance company’s tricks, because we once defended them. They are not looking out for your best interests, but we will. The LoRicco Law Firm has been representing the interests of those in New Haven and the Connecticut shoreline for nearly 60 years. Contact our firm for your free consultation.

New Haven Personal Injury Lawyer & Municipal & Connecticut Immunity

August 1st, 2017

The State of Connecticut and any municipality, including the City of New Haven, have very strict guidelines one must follow in order for their New Haven personal injury lawyer to file suit in court on their behalf. The State and its cities and towns have sovereign immunity which requires plaintiffs in a case (the injured parties) to obtain permission from the Claims Commissioner to file a lawsuit in Superior Court. If the injury occurs on state property or involves the state, Connecticut law says the state and its employees cannot be sued for money damages. However, the Claims Commissioner can decide on most claims whether the State will waive its immunity in the case. These cases are tried in court without a jury.   Any injury or claim that involves one of the state’s municipalities, Connecticut law states municipalities are generally responsible for the negligence of their employees, officers, and agents acting in the scope of their employment duties; negligence in duties that result in financial gain; and acts that result in the creating of a nuisance. Municipal employees are generally immune from a lawsuit unless their actions were reckless, willful, or malicious. If you or your loved one are injured and think your case may involve the State of Connecticut or a municipality, call an experienced New Haven personal injury lawyer. There is a very strict statute of limitations on this type…continue reading

New Haven: 8th Most Dangerous City For Drivers

July 30th, 2017

Sometimes New Haven auto accidents cannot be avoided, and other times certain areas are just more prone than others. A study by NerdWallet cites New Haven, Connecticut as the eighth most dangerous city in America for drivers in 2016. Detroit, Michigan is the most dangerous city while Cary, North Carolina is the safest. The study looked at a variety of criteria: cost of auto insurance, years between auto accidents, the risk of theft from the vehicle and the risk of having a vehicle stolen. New Haven’s statistics are staggering: The average cost of insurance for one year in New Haven is $1,829 There is an average of 6.3 years between car accidents There is a nearly 60% chance that New Haven residents will get into a car accident versus the national average of likelihood of an accident. Per every 100,000 New Haven auto accidents, there are 8.4 fatal accidents. While those traveling in the area has an increased likelihood of getting into a New Haven auto accident, The LoRicco Law Firm is here to help. We will conduct a thorough investigation to protect your long term interests. 

Defensive Driving Tips To Avoid A New Haven Auto Accident

July 28th, 2017

New Haven auto accidents happen every day. Whether you commute on one of the interstate highways or prefer to drive on back roads, defensive driving in Connecticut is a must. Below are eight tips to safer defensive driving. Use your eyes. Driving requires you to be attentive at all times. No tailgating. Keep plenty of distance between yourself and the car in front of you or you may end up in a New Haven auto accident. Know your car. Being comfortable with how your vehicle handles, brakes and accelerates is important. Follow posted speed signs. Failing to do so can put other drivers at risk and get you a speeding ticket. Be smooth. Braking excessively and accelerating quickly will quickly put other drivers on edge. Use information systems responsibly. Do not be distracted by the high-tech information systems loaded in new vehicles. Do not overestimate new safety technology. Do not replace vehicle technology for remaining attentive behind wheel. Ditch the phone. Using a handheld mobile device while operating a motor vehicle is unlawful in Connecticut, not to mention a big distraction. If you or a loved one were injured contact our New Haven auto accident attorneys immediately We will begin an investigation into your claim and help you with the insurance company. We know their tricks – we have been defending New Haven and the Connecticut shoreline for nearly 60 years.

Avoiding New Haven Auto Accidents With Bicycles At Night

July 26th, 2017

Bicycles are a great way to get around during the warmer months, but can be dangerous after dark.  Not surprisingly incidents of New Haven auto accidents with bicycles have a tendency to increase at night.  There are certain steps mototists can take to prevent a New Haven auto accident, even at night: Keep an eye out for bicyclists on sidewalks and roadways. Know the rules of the road.  Following the rules of the road at anytime of the day is crucial to preventing a New Haven auto accident with a bicycle and particularly at night. Pass a cyclist with plenty of space. Driving around at night can be difficult to see, but it is important to be aware of cyclists on the roadways. If you or a loved one has experienced an injury be sure to contact an experienced and knowledgeable New Haven auto accident attorney who can help you protect your long term interests.

New Connecticut Car Seat Laws Going Into Effect

July 24th, 2017

The Connecticut Legislature passed and the Governor signed a new law concerning car seats. These laws will go into effect on October 1, 2017. The Connecticut car seat laws are as follow with the new changes bolded: Infants should be rear-facing until they are both a minimum of 20 lbs. and one year old. New Law: Infants should be rear-facing until they are age 2 AND weigh 30 lbs.  Toddlers should remain in their car seat until they reach the maximum height or weight requirements of their car seat (this is typically 40 lbs., but check the manual that came with your toddler seat.) New Law: Children should remain in a 5-point harness until they are 5 years old AND weigh 40 lbs.  Older children MUST be both seven years old AND 60 lbs. Children in a booster seat must use the shoulder and lap belt. New Law: Children must use a booster seat until they are 8 years old AND weigh 60 lbs. Once a child is out of a booster seat, they must wear a regular seat belt while riding in a vehicle. Following these guidelines will help keep your children safe on the roads.  If you or a loved one is ever in an accident, a New Haven auto accident attorney can help you with your claim. Contact our office for a FREE…continue reading

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