3 Ways Black Ice Can Be A Sneaky Culprit In Causing A New Haven Slip and Fall Injury

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December 2nd, 2020

This time of year can be a particularly treacherous time to be out and about on city sidewalks and streets.  You may think that the dead of winter would be far more treacherous when snow has fallen and it can be difficult to find a cleared sidewalk, but there is something else going on here.  In the dead of winter you can see snow and ice on the ground and avoid it.  Sure the sidewalks and streets can be slippery, but knowing and seeing are half the battle. On the other hand, in late fall and early winter, temperatures are not so steady and we are often tricked into thinking that there is no danger of a New Haven slip and fall injury.  Truth be told that black ice can happen to you when you least expect it and injuries can occur and can often be serious, even life threatening. Black ice can be a sneaky culprit and can cause you serious harm.  Here are some ways you may not be expecting to find an issue, when all of a sudden you do; Warm weather – this time of year temperatures fluctuate quite often.  In the morning you might check the forecast and hear that the temperatures will be in the high 40s or low 50s, no danger from black ice right?  Not exactly.  Low temperatures…continue reading

Lighter Holiday Traffic Doesn’t Mean Safer Roads

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November 30th, 2020

Holiday travel often sees roads crowded with cars and even though travel this year is going to be lighter then usual, AAA is warning that that does not mean that the roads will be any safer, in fact, in some instances, the chances for a New Haven auto accident increase when there are less people on them. It may seem counter-intuitive to think that there is an equal amount or even greater risk of accidents on the roads when traffic volume is down, but it appears to be the case.  As holiday travel continues to decrease this season, it is important to understand why.  AAA reminds us of a few reasons; Fewer cars on the road often lead to higher speeds.  This was true during the height of the pandemic lock down in early spring of 2020 when studies showed that fewer people on the roads led to higher speeds and it will likely be true during holiday travel this year. Less cars on the road often lead people into a fall sense of security which can leave them more likely to be distracted.  Being distracted while driving is one of the deadliest things that you can do. A smaller police presence.  When there are fewer cars on the road there are generally less police patrolling the streets which can lead to trouble if you…continue reading

Take These Steps To Avoid A Slip And Fall Injury While Holiday Shopping

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November 29th, 2020

The vast majority of shopping these days is done online, especially with COVID-19 still running rampant throughout the state, but there are still plenty of people who are making their way to shops throughout the city of New Haven and the surrounding area where high holiday shopping volume can lead to a New Haven slip and fall injury. If you’re headed to the store to do some shopping this holiday season there are some things you can and should do to keep yourself safe and healthy.  First and foremost, wear a mask.  Wearing a mask will keep you and your family safe from COVID-19.  While you’re shopping though, you will also want to avoid any of the following issues that could lead to an injury; Avoid mad rushes to popular items.  We know it can be tempting to race toward the hot toy of the season and of course we all want to make sure Timmy gets the latest and greatest, but you shouldn’t go so hard that you are going to injure yourself in the mad rush. Skip the grocery aisles.  Stores that act as both department stores and grocery stores are very common now and grocery store aisles are often littered with spills of liquids that could lead you to slip and hurt yourself. Watch your step when going in and out of…continue reading

Avoid A Collision With An Animal With These Tips

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November 28th, 2020

They are adorable and often make all of us swoon when we see them in the “wild” but animals like deer or foxes, can cause serious injury and in some cases death.  In fact, on average 1 million collisions each year are caused by animals.  While it is not extremely likely that a New Haven auto accident will be caused by a deer running down Chapel St. it is possible and certainly the chances for this type of accident increase if you are traveling during the holidays. While collisions do occur what is most concerning is the fact that nearly 200 fatalities are caused by collisions with animals on the road.  This is not to mention the deadly nature of these collisions for the animals themselves.  The good news is there are things you can do to protect yourself and the animals on the roads to reduce this type of collision. Be alert when animals are most active.  This time of year those times of day are at dusk (between 5p-8p) and at dawn (between 5a-8a) Use your high beams.  When possible to use your high beams you should as this will allow you to see animals that are often difficult to see on the road. Drive the speed limit.  This is always important, but it is especially important to keep yourself safe from collisions…continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving: Drive Safe And Arrive Alive

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November 26th, 2020

All of us here at the LoRicco Law Firm would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving.  While the gatherings may be smaller and there may be less hustle and bustle it is still a good time to take stock in all that we have to be grateful for throughout the year.  2020 has been a challenging year for many of our neighbors, but one thing is for certain that we have stayed together as a community and gotten through each challenge one at a time. As you’re celebrating this holiday season, wherever you are and with whomever you’re with, we want to remind you that following health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will keep you healthy and following the rules of the road will keep you safe.  Here are some friendly reminders as you celebrate the holidays. Always drive the speed limit.  Study after study have shown that the easiest way to avoid a New Haven auto accident is to obey the speed limit at all times. Wear your seatbelt.  This is another important step to take to stay safe on the roads.  A seatbelt will protect you in the event of an accident and in many cases prevent it from becoming a more serious accident. Designate a driver.  If you will be drinking today or…continue reading

How To Avoid A Dog Bite Injury During The Holidays

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November 23rd, 2020

What a treat it is during the holidays to visit with a dog that you’ve never met before.  Maybe your sister and her family just got a new dog to play with.  If your friends are around and they just got a new dog it might be fun to see him in his new home.  There is so much joy to be had by meeting a new dog, especially around the holidays, but there is also danger lurking there too. The holidays are a particularly stressful time of year for dogs.  Dogs are on edge more because there are new and different people around (although this year that stress might be a little bit lower.)  Each year at the holidays the house is filled with more hustle and bustle as you and your family get ready for a nice visit.  These types of things stress dogs out and cause them to become less friendly then they otherwise would be. Consider for a minute a regular visit you might have with a new dog.  You might enter someone’s home, say hello for a few minutes and then settle in to chat.  This is calming for a dog and after the initial excitement of seeing new and unfamiliar faces he/she will settle down and likely return to their normal routine. In a holiday environment the hustle and…continue reading

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