New Haven Auto Accidents: 4 Safety Tips For Thanksgiving Travel

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November 19th, 2018

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!

New Haven Personal Injury: Avoiding Dog Bites at Thanksgiving

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November 16th, 2018

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 With Wildlife

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November 14th, 2018

You may have had a close encounter with wild life that caused or almost caused a New Haven auto accident. Whether it was a large animal like a deer, or smaller animal like a raccoon or squirrel,  auto accidents can happen. This New Jersey woman had quite the experience. There are a few things New Haven and Connecticut shoreline motorists can do to avoid a collision with a wild animal: Look for animal crossing signs and proceed with caution. These signs are in the shape of a yellow diamond. Mind the shoulder as you may be able to see an animal on the side of the road. Eye the eyes as your headlights might be able catch their reflections. Avoid swerving and choose to brake instead. Swerving may cause your vehicle to travel into another lane injuring other passengers on the road. If you were injured as the result of a hitting or swerving to hit a wild animal, your may need to file a claim against your own insurance company for your injuries. The New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm can help protect your interests. The insurance companies are trying to pay out the least amount of money – we know their tricks, we defended them for 15 years. Contact our firm to schedule your free New Haven auto accident consultation today.

New Haven Personal Injuries: Wet Leaves Are Just As Slippery As Ice

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November 12th, 2018

Slip and fall accidents are common, especially in the New Haven autumn season. Accidents related to slip and falls are more prone to occur in the autumn months due to seasonal hazards: fallen leaves, wet surfaces, and sometimes snow and ice. While beautiful in the autumn season, leaves can be particularly hazardous for many reasons. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every five falls can cause serious injury. The following tips identify and issue ways to handle and prevent slip and fall accidents from occurring this autumn season. Roofers, landscapers, and construction workers are known to slip and fall from leaves on the ground while performing job duties. When patrons go to work during the autumn months, leaves are often covering stairs, entry ways, and sidewalks. When the leaves are wet, they become slippery. These slick surfaces sometimes cover potholes, cracks in the pavement, and cobblestones. Leaves can also impair the vision, just like rain and fog, especially when it gets dark. With days getting shorter in the fall months, it can be difficult for patrons to see, causing New Haven slip and fall injuries. The best ways to prevent New Haven slip and fall accidents are to remove the hazards. Using slip-resistant mats and displaying the proper signage are ways to warn the public of hazards in the area. A few other proactive…continue reading

Nearly 1 In 10 New Haven Auto Accidents Could Be Caused By Drowsy Driving

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November 9th, 2018

Nearly 9-10% of New Haven auto accidents can be caused by drowsy driving, according to a study released by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drowsy driving is when a driver gets behind the wheel feeling tired. It is challenging to diagnose as the cause of auto accidents. AAA’s study conducted research on 3,500 people who were monitored over the course of several months. Drowsiness was determined by the amount of time the driver’s eyes were closed by in-vehicle cameras. Using these methods drowsiness was determined in 8.9-9.5% of drivers with 10.7% of crashes resulting in significant property damage. The New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm urge you to contact our firm if you suspect the other driver in your auto accident was drowsy.

3 Ways To Spot A Drowsy Driver

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November 7th, 2018

As New Haven auto accident attorneys, we see accidents of all circumstances, including those involving a drowsy driver. Drowsy driving is when a motorist operates their vehicle under the impairment of being tired. Research shows that 24% of those who are tired while driving in urban areas (like New Haven) are more likely to doze off while driving. This same research shows that drowsy driving crashes are more likely to take place between 4-6 a.m. with nearly a quarter of adults saying they know someone who has had an accident because they were tired. If you are driving on the highway and suspect that another motorist on the road is driving while drowsy, here are some ways to know that another driver might be drowsy: Drifting across highway lanes. Missed signs or exits. Excessive hitting of rumble strips. If you are driving along the highway and believe a driver might be drowsy, you can also report the vehicle to the authorities. As New Haven auto accident attorneys, we know best way to to avoid injury is to prevent an auto accident. If you or a loved one were involved in an accident and suspect the other driver was drowsy, contact our office immediately. Our team of experienced attorneys will begin an immediate investigation into your case.

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