New Haven Auto Accidents: Texting Leading Cause Of Teen Death Nationwide

October 21st, 2019

According to a study nearly 3,000 teens die each year from traffic crashes from texting and 300,000 are injured from texting. Distracted driving, not drunk driving, is now the the leading cause of death for teen drivers. It is estimated that 2,700 die each year from alcohol-related auto accidents. The NHTSA acknowledged that the use of handheld technology is a growing hazard. Forty-nine percent of boys admit to texting while driving and 45% of girls admit to the same. Distracted driving can impair a driver’s focus as much as being under the influence of alcohol. Teen drivers are inexperienced with driving and have a higher incidence of being distracted. We all need a reminder every so often to put down the phone or not eat while driving, because the safety of all those on the road is important. Two-thirds of adults in the same study ages 30-64 admitted to using a mobile phone in the car with children, and a third admitted to texting while driving. If you or a loved one was injured and believe the other drive to have been distracted, contact the experienced New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm for your free consultation. We have been representing the rights of the injured for nearly 60 years.

Are New Haven Drivers Relying Too Much On Technology

October 18th, 2019

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.

New Haven Personal Injury & Slip and Fall Hazards

October 16th, 2019

Autumn weather brings the beauty of red, orange, and yellow to our foliage with just as perfect temperatures to enjoy it. Autumn also brings cold night temperatures, shorter days, rainier days, and piles of leaves and sticks on the ground; all of which can be the perfect combination for a New Haven slip and fall accident. By the end of the fall, we are experiencing freezing temperatures overnight. This, combined with the more frequent rain we seem to experience in during fall months, can lead to slippery walkways and parking lots. Add in the longer hours of darkness, and you have prime conditions for a New Haven slip and fall accident.  The earlier darkness also helps to obscure obstacles, pavement irregularities, and potholes – leading to trip and fall accidents.  Those colorful leaves become a real nuisance when they hit the ground.  Not only do you have to rake them up, but they can hide dangers on the ground even better than the shorter daylight hours can. All of this means that you must use more care in the fall to avoid tripping over holes, steps, frozen puddles and other traps for pedestrians that the autumn brings.  For landowners it means being ready with a rake, leaf blower, or vacuum to keep sidewalks clear of leaves.  Landowners should also have salt or sand at the ready,…continue reading

New Haven Personal Injury: Keeping Your Dog Out Of Celebrations

October 14th, 2019

Laughing, joking, and parties are all part of 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. Keep children supervised. Children love dogs, but dogs don’t always love them back, mostly because of their unpredictable movements. 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 feel well and become irritable. Turn down the volume. Extra noise in their home can cause dogs to stress and become less tolerant. Eyes open. Children are not the only ones who do not…continue reading

New Haven Personal Injuries and Common Injuries

October 11th, 2019

Whether you slipped in a store, or fell on a sidewalk, if you or a loved one were injured in a slip and fall accident, here are the most common New Haven personal injuries you might sustain: Head injuries. A head striking the ground, curb, shelf, or other structure can cause lifelong impairments and injuries. Concussions are now classified as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Hip and/or pelvic injuries. Broken hips and pelvis bones are most often seen in elderly patients, however individuals of any age can be affected. A serious slip and fall accident could require the need for a hip replacement surgery or a prolonged nursing home stay. Torn tendons and/or ligaments. Injuries to the tendons and ligaments are very painful and can require months of physical therapy. Even then sometimes patients never fully return to 100% mobility and usability. Neck, back and spine injuries. A slip and fall accident, even trying to CATCH yourself from falling, can cause extremely painful and difficult to treat injuries. Slipped, bulging or herniated disks can cause chronic pain and even lead to surgery or make a return to work impossible. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney can help you navigate this claim process. Call the attorneys at McEnery Price Messey & Sullivan to begin an immediate investigation into your injury.

Pedestrian Safety This Fall

October 9th, 2019

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

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