How To Get Rid Of Ice On Your Sidewalk Before It Causes A New Haven Slip And Fall Accident

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November 30th, 2021

In our area snow is not likely before January 1st, although it happens, but the biggest concern in our area is ice and how dangerous it can be, especially on sidewalks.  As we covered before, sidewalks are your responsibility to make sure they are clear and that no one is injured in a New Haven slip and fall accident. The challenge with keeping your sidewalks clear when there isn’t snow, but where ice is an issue is that often ice is hard to spot and it is not readily noticeable if your sidewalk needs some de-icing.  It is important that you, as the homeowner, checks regularly on your sidewalks to make sure that you are keeping them free of ice.  For you to do this well you should follow these steps; Don’t just use ice melt, you can mix it with sand.  This is done for two reasons, one it reduces how much ice melt you use and two, it can help provide extra traction for anyone that is walking on your sidewalk When the temperatures get really low make sure your ice melt can handle melting the ice.  Ice melt with calcium chloride will work when the temperatures fall below 5 degrees. Start before the bad weather hits.  Adding a layer of ice melt and sand before the weather even begins will keep the…continue reading

Connecticut And Uber Team Up To Combat Drunk And Drugged Driving

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November 23rd, 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, unless you’re trying to combat drunk and drugged driving and then it is quite a challenging time of the year.  That’s what the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is trying to do this holiday season.  Across the country fatalities due to drunk and drugged driving are on the rise and they consistently see a spike during the holiday season.  New Haven auto accidents involving drunk and drugged driving rise during the last half of November and the month of December every year and this is a continually problem that is facing officials. Law enforcement officials use all of the tools in their tool belts to combat this rise in fatalities as the holidays near; speed traps are increased, enforcement of drunk and drugged driving laws is increased, and there is always a greater police presence on the roads during the holiday season, but even these heightened measures are not enough to completely combat this spike in injury and death. This year, the GHSA has teamed up with Uber and five state highway offices to provide a $95,000 grant to states including Connecticut, Colorado, Texas, Maryland, and New Mexico in an effort to offer free Uber rides to people who are out celebrating the holiday season.  The goal is to reduce the number of people who are intoxicated and…continue reading

The Five Point Winter Safety Check For The Outside Of Your Home Or Apartment

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November 17th, 2021

With winter quickly approaching you should take some time to make sure the outside of your home or apartment is ready.  What do we mean by ready?  You should perform a series of safety checks to make sure you and your home are prepared for what could be a long, cold, and snowy winter season.  If you don’t prepare you may find yourself trudging through snow to protect yourself, your neighbors, or your home from damage or injury this winter. By not performing certain safety checks and leaving things up to chance during the winter you might find yourself knee deep in a New Haven personal injury case which will cause you headaches and could cost you significant amounts of money.  The items on this five point safety checklist are quick and easy and shouldn’t cost you much money at all.  It’s worth the time to save you the hassle and time in the future.  Take the following steps and you’ll be able to sleep easy knowing that you’ve done your due diligence before the season starts. Clear away any yard debris that might be leftover from the fall.  Leaves and sticks can be tripping or slipping hazards and could cause an accident especially if they are left on sidewalks, walkways, stairs, or driveways.  Add a layer of snow on top of these leaves and…continue reading

It’s On You: Keeping Your Sidewalks Clear To Prevent A New Haven Slip And Fall Accident

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November 15th, 2021

One of the things that many people forget is that they need to keep their sidewalks clear during the winter months.  It can be a hassle if someone is walking down the sidewalk and comes to your home and they either have to trudge through snow, walk gingerly across the ice or worse yet, step out into the road to pass your home.  This type of negligence may lead to a New Haven slip and fall accident and can truly be prevented. Before the dead of winter hits you should be prepared to be able to keep your sidewalks safe for all that pass by and you can make a couple of pre-winter purchases that will help you clear your sidewalks and avoid any incidents during the winter months. Start by purchasing a good shovel.  If you don’t have much of a driveway and just need to worry about your sidewalks, a shovel will do the trick.  Even when there is a tremendous amount of snow, you can take your time and easily clear your sidewalks with a good shovel.  If you have a big area that includes a sidewalk and a driveway you may want to consider investing in a snow blower so you can keep yourself healthy and your sidewalks clear. Visibility stakes.  You may have passed by a home and seen flexible…continue reading

Connecticut Auto Accident Deaths Are Skyrocketing

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November 11th, 2021

This year Connecticut auto accidents deaths have been on the rise and an alarming new look at the number of deaths on our roads has many experts concerned that this will actually end up being the deadliest year on record on Connecticut’s roads.  Through November 1st, 2021 there have been 283 fatalities due to auto accidents in the state, that puts us on pace to have the most deaths in a single year in our state’s history. Last year, 2020, was a deadly year on Connecticut’s roads as well, but this year is significantly higher as the state is seeing an increase in auto accident deaths by 16% over this time last year.  Experts warn that if this trend continues the number of deaths will continue to climb, especially with one of the deadliest months for auto accidents coming up in December.  With more and more people out traveling for the holidays and getting together with friends and family, drunk driving will be on the rise as will distracted driving and these two dangerous behaviors behind the wheel will undoubtedly spike the number of deaths in the coming weeks. One of the biggest factors that both motorists and experts are pointing to is the increased speed that is occurring on Connecticut’s roads.  During the lockdowns at the peak of the pandemic the roads were less…continue reading

New Infrastructure Bill Could Mean The Death Of Drunk Driving Accidents

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November 9th, 2021

Not to oversell it too much, but the new bi-partisan infrastructure bill that will be signed in the coming days by President Biden passed the U.S. Congress with support from both parties due in large part to the monumental investments in roads, bridges, and broadband that the bill codifies into law.  One provision that is getting less attention though is the part of the bill that requires auto manufacturers to add certain safety features to new vehicles by 2026. The new law requires that all vehicles sold after 2026 include a passive technology that will help determine whether a driver who gets behind the wheel is intoxicated or not.  The bill does not specify what technology should be used for this purpose, it requires the U.S. Department of Transportation to work with auto manufacturers to determine the best technology for the job.  Currently, with over 10,000 deaths associated with drunk driving in the United States, the landscape is ripe for a solution and this bill aims to require that of auto manufacturers in the very near future. Some car makers are already including technology in their vehicles that helps detect when a driver is intoxicated.  Both GM and Nissan have led the way on this while other manufacturers are following suit.  Due to this new legislation all manufacturers will need to follow suit by 2026.…continue reading

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