Avoid A New Haven Auto Accident When Changing Lanes

March 9th, 2018

Changing lanes while driving means the driver must be aware and alert of their surroundings to avoid a New Haven auto accident. When changing lanes, you must check to make sure there are no vehicles in your way in the lane you want to enter. This means checking the side and behind your vehicle before you change. This is important if you are on the highway, entering a highway, entering a road from another road, and entering from the curb/shoulder. When changing lanes: Look in your rear-view and side mirrors. Look over your shoulder in the direction you plan to move. Check quickly. Do not take your eyes off the road ahead for more than an instant.  Check the far lane. Take one lane at a time. If you or a loved one was in an accident and suspect that the person who hit you did not look before changing lanes, contact our experienced New Haven auto accident attorneys. We have bee defending the rights of the injured in New Haven and the Connecticut shoreline for nearly 60 years.

New Haven Personal Injuries & Head Trauma

March 7th, 2018

Whether you were in an auto accident or sustained a New Haven personal injury, head injuries can lead to mental impairment, permanent disability, and even death. Even mild head injuries have been proven to lead to numerous serious and lifelong consequences. Some of the most common types of head and brain injuries are: Concussion – When the head sustains trauma due to sudden movement or impact, causing the brain to bounce against the hard walls of the skull. Repeated concussions can potentially lead to permanent damage. Edema – Any head injury can result in edema, also known as swelling. Though numerous injuries cause swelling in the surrounding tissues, this is more serious when it occurs in the brain as it leads to a buildup of pressure in the brain. Contusion – A contusion is a bruise located on the side of the brain that affects the brain tissue, occurring because of a sudden impact. It can range from minor to life-threatening, and can also increase cardiovascular risks. Hemorrhage – Hemorrhage is uncontrolled bleeding in the brain. A subarachnoid hemorrhage is bleeding in the space around the brain, while an intracerebral hemorrhage is bleeding that occurs within the brain tissue. Whiplash – A rapid forward and backward movement of the head, thus possibly stretching and damaging the muscles and tendons in the neck. Secondary Impact Syndrome –…continue reading

Use The 3 Second Rule To Avoid A New Haven Auto Accident

March 5th, 2018

New Haven auto accidents are common and especially rear-end crashes. They are caused by drivers who follow too closely to be able to stop before hitting the vehicle in front of them when it stops. There is an easy way to tell if you are following too closely. The “three-second rule” works at any speed.  It is not always easy to maintain a safe distance behind your vehicle. However, you can help keep the driver at a safe distance by keeping a steady speed and signaling in advance when you have to slow down or turn. How to Use the “Three-Second Rule” • Watch for when the rear of the vehicle ahead passes a sign, pole, or any other stationary point. • Count the seconds it takes you to reach the same spot – “one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand, three-one-thousand.” • You are following too closely if you pass the mark before you finish counting. • If so, drop back and then count again at another spot to check the new following distance. • Repeat until you are following no closer than “three seconds.” If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, contact the New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm to discuss your options.

Don’t Get Into A New Haven Auto Accident: Avoid A Truck’s Blindspot

March 1st, 2018

If you have ever traveled on a New Haven road with behind a tractor trailer truck, RV, or bus you know that they are higher and wider than most other vehicles on the road. They are slow to accelerate and require more distance to stop and make turns. Additionally, these large vehicle have areas around them where crashes are more likely to occur and cause New Haven auto accidents. Trucks have blindspots where the driver cannot see your car and once you learn them you can keep yourself and your passengers safe. Trucks, tractor-trailers, buses and RVs have big blindspots on both sides, which are dangerous because these vehicles must make wide turns. They are much larger than your car’s blind spots. If you can’t see the driver’s face in his side view mirror, then he can’t see you. Trucks, tractor-trailers, buses and RVs have huge blindspots directly behind them. The driver can’t see your car behind his vehicle and you can’t see what’s happening in traffic ahead of his vehicle. Always maintain a safe following distance. You could get rear-ended by a truck, bus or RV if you cut in front too soon after passing the vehicle. If you cut in front and then suddenly slow down, truck, bus and RV drivers are forced to slam on their brakes. These vehicles need nearly twice the time and…continue reading

Avoid a New Haven Auto Accident With A Slow Traveling Vehicle

February 26th, 2018

Whether you are traveling on the highway, downtown, or a side street there are just some vehicles that have difficulty keeping up with the speed of traffic or simply just cannot travel that fast. If you find yourself sharing the road with these vehicles and spot them early, you have time to change lanes or slow down safely to avoid a New Haven auto accident. A sudden slow down can cause a crash, so follow these safety tips: Watch for large trucks and small under-powered cars on steep grades or when they are entering traffic. They can lose speed on long or steep hills, and it takes longer for these vehicles to get up to speed when they enter traffic. Farm tractors, animal-drawn vehicles and roadway maintenance vehicles usually go 25 mph or less. These vehicles should have a slow-moving decal (an orange triangle) on the back. Drive at a speed where you can always safely stop. To tell if you are driving too fast for conditions, use the “four-second sight-distance rule.” Pick out a stationary object as far ahead as you can clearly see (e.g. a sign or a telephone pole). Start counting “one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand, three-one-thousand, four-one-thousand.” If you reach the object before you finish saying “four-one-thousand,” you need to slow down. You are going too fast for your sight-distance. If you or a…continue reading

Avoid A New Haven Auto Accident By Understanding Hand Signals

February 25th, 2018

New Haven auto accidents happen for a variety of reasons: speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, poor weather conditions, just to name a few. If your directional lights on your vehicle are not working you should use hand signals.

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