4 Ways To Prepare Your Car For Cold Weather

December 6th, 2019

Cold, icy and snowy weather will be upon us quicker than I’d like to think, but it’s important to prepare and inspect your car before hitting the roadways. Follow these safety tips before heading out. Check your tires. Inspect their tread and if you need to, install snow tires.Tire pressure plays a big part in road safety. Clear your view. Cracked windshields and worn wipers can impair visibility. Check fluids. Keep an eye on your vehicle’s fluid levels during the colder months to avoid engine malfunction. Clear the snow. Keep a long brush or ice scraper in your car to clear snow. It is unlawful in Connecticut to operate a vehicle with snow on the roof of your car or truck. If you or a loved one were injured in a New Haven auto accident, contact our firm to schedule your free consultation. We have been protecting the rights of the injured in New Haven and the Connecticut shoreline for over 60 years.

Car Skidding? Think Quickly to Avoid a New Haven Auto Accident

December 4th, 2019

Driving during icy conditions can be downright scary, especially if you were injured in an New Haven auto accident due to a skidding vehicle. The Connecticut Department of Transportation advises motorists to think and act quickly by taking their foot off the brake if they start skidding. Keep your foot off the brake while turning your steering wheel firmly in the direction you want to take your vehicle. If you were injured in an auto accident involving a skidding vehicle, contact the New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm. Whether your injuries were caused by another motorist on the road, or could have been prevented if the municipality or state de-iced, an experienced and knowledgeable attorney can help you with your claim.

New Haven Auto Accident Attorneys Remind You To Secure Your Christmas Trees

December 2nd, 2019

New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm remind citizens to properly secure Christmas trees to their vehicle when transporting them home.  According to research by AAA, in the last 4 years improperly secured trees have flown off vehicles and caused more than 200,000 auto accidents. Fortunately for Connecticut residents, we are protected by the law. Two-thirds of all crashes that involve objects in the road were the result of debris falling off a vehicle and more than one-third of deaths in debris-related crashes were due to driver’s swerving to avoid debris. Most often losing control of their vehicles. AAA offers these tips for transporting your Christmas tree home: Use a vehicle equipped with a roof rack. If you do not have a roof rack, some pick-up trucks, SUVs, or vans can fit a tree with all doors closed. Use the proper tie-downs. Secure branches with rope/twine or netting. The trunk of the tree should be toward the front of the car. Tie it down from every direction. And make you test the tie-downs before leaving the lot. Drive slowly and take back roads if possible. Contact the LoRicco Law Firm if you or a loved one were injured in an accident. Our New Haven auto accident attorneys will help you fight the insurance companies to get compensation for your injuries.

New Haven Personal Injury & Black Friday Shopping

November 27th, 2019

Thanksgiving is later this week and you know what means: folks will be out and about Friday and over the weekend to get a jump on their holiday shopping. New Haven personal injuries or slip and fall accidents can occur in any retailer, grocery store, or public walkway. If you or a loved one was injured  and believe a store was negligent and your injury could have been prevented, call the New Haven personal injury lawyers at The LoRicco Law Firm right away to begin an investigation. Factors that could contribute to your New Haven personal injury case include: Poor lighting. If you fell or were injured and the lighting was poor, a store could be held liable for your injuries. If you are able, photograph the lighting. Unsafe walking conditions. Cluttered walkways, wet/slippery floors, or uneven walkways can be causes for permanent injury. Broken equipment. Loose railings, stairs, handles and more can cause you to lose your footing and become injured. If you or a loved one were injured in a store or a public walkway and believe your injury could have been prevented, contact our office immediately. If your case involved local or state government, your notice needs to be filed with the town or state within a very short time after the accident, 90 days in some cases. 

New Haven Personal Injury: Avoiding Dog Bites at Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2019

Dog bites can happen more often over the colder months. During these months, we keep our celebrations indoors; and that typically includes the dog, 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 understand that a dog needs space. Adults often miss a dog’s signals and don’t realize the dog needs time alone. Keep Fido stress-free to help prevent dog bites. The New Haven…continue reading

New Haven Auto Accidents: 4 Safety Tips For Thanksgiving Travel

November 23rd, 2019

In November, families want to spend time together and often travel great distances. If you and your family are traveling you will experience increased traffic congestion as well as an increased risk for a New Haven auto accident. Stay safe by following these tips: Drive safely. Before you and your family hit the road make sure you perform proper maintenance including oil changes, battery check, tire rotation, and top off all fluids. Also make sure you check your vehicle’s lights. Keep your emergency and first aid kit in the car and make sure you are taking breaks as needed. Follow the rules of the road. Obey all speed limit and road safety signs. Keep off your mobile devices while operating your vehicle. Car seat safety. If your children still require a car seat, make sure you are using it properly. Remember, thick, heavy jackets are not to be worn by your child while they are in the car seat. Stay safe. If you are staying in a hotel this holiday season, keep your valuables locked up. Make sure you are walking in well-lit areas. Finally, keep your door locked when you are there and away. The New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm wish you and your family safe and happy Thanksgiving travel!

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