The Top 5 Distracted Driving Behaviors That Could Lead To A Connecticut Auto Accident

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September 24th, 2020

The state of our world is that we get easily distracted.  A ding goes off on our cell phone, an alarm sounds on smart speaker, and we jump to it to find out who or what is trying to get our attention now.  Of course these distractions don’t go away when we’re behind the wheel.  In fact, distracted driving has steadily increased as a factor in New Haven auto accidents in the last few decades. The question is then, what distractions are the worst in the car.  The answer may surprise you.  According to a report done by Erie Insurance nearly 1 in 10 fatalities on the roads were caused by distracted driving.  So what is distracting us so much when we are driving.  If you guessed, cellphones, you’d be wrong.  Yes cellphones get all of the headlines, but believe it or not being “lost in thought” or daydreaming was the leading cause of distracted driving fatalities by a mile.  Nearly 61% of all fatalities attributed to distracted driving were caused by people who were drifting off thinking about something other then driving.  This incredible statistic shows that while cellphone use in the car can be dangerous and should be avoided at all costs, the most important thing for drivers to handle is their focus on the road.  Here are the top 5 things that caused…continue reading

Make These Suggestions To Help Your Older Family Members Avoid A New Haven Slip And Fall

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September 23rd, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has made some recommendations to help older Americans avoid traumatic brain injuries (TBI) from a slip and fall accident.  While many of our older family members are isolated from visitors to protect themselves from COVID-19 we can still make these suggestions to them to protect themselves around the house. Utilizing these recommendations from the CDC our older family members can stay safe and live long, healthy lives without the worry of an injury.  You can suggest the following to them: Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to make sure that none of your medications are making you drowsy and prone to falling. Do balance and strength exercises Have your eyes checked.  During this time many eye specialists are offering tele-health visits, but there may be a need to visit an eye doctor for this exam. Make some adjustments to your home like move obstacles out of the way of heavily trafficked areas of your home. While none of these are fail safe methods to keep your older loved ones safe in their home, they will certainly help them avoid a New Haven slip and fall injury.  There are also some services available that will do in-home assessments for your loved ones that will allow them to have a worry free lifestyle and still get the changes needed made to…continue reading

Three Ways To Avoid A New Haven Slip And Fall Accident At The Grocery Store

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September 21st, 2020

When you’re out at the grocery store these days you have a lot to think about.  You have to get your groceries for the week of course, but you also need to make sure you are staying safe.  Are you sanitizing your carriage, are you wearing your mask properly, are you staying six feet away from the nearest person, are you following the one way aisles and so much more.  It can be hard to get your shopping done with all of this on your mind.  Now add in the possibility of a New Haven slip and fall accident and you might just want to give up for the day. Don’t do that. Let us ease your mind on one of these things, that is how to avoid a slip and fall injury.  Believe it or not, this type of injury happens a lot, but they are also very preventable.  In order to prevent an injury you’ll need to make sure you are taking precautions that are fairly simple to implement. Wear your mask properly.  Not only do you want to wear your mask properly to prevent yourself from getting COVID-19, you also want to wear it properly so it does not impede your ability to see.  Sometimes masks drift up over your noise and into your field of sight, if this is the case,…continue reading

How To Avoid A Traumatic Brain Injury Due To A New Haven Auto Accident

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September 18th, 2020

The danger of getting into a New Haven auto accident are well known, but did you know that a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of them and can result in long term damage?  An auto accident can lead you to hit your head and worse cause severe internal injury to your brain. The good news is that there are ways to prevent this type of injury.  Accidents happen, but they don’t have to be as severe as they are often are.  Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself against the dangers of a TBI while driving in your car. Wear your seat belt.  92% of all drivers in the state of Connecticut already do this and it is one of the easiest ways you can avoid a TBI while driving. Slow down.  The slower you are driving the less damaging your accident will be.  While you cannot control other drivers on the road, you can control how you drive and that will benefit you in the long run. Skip the distractions.  Looking down at your phone or radio for just a split second can lead to you rolling through an intersection for instance which can cause a collision that can be very damaging. Do not drive under the influence.  Impairment from drugs or alcohol can cause higher speeds and less…continue reading

New Haven Auto Accident Fatality Rate Up 42% In The March Of 2020

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September 15th, 2020

You might think that due to the closure of schools and offices throughout the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that the New Haven auto accident fatality rate would have been way down this year, but it is in fact higher then ever.  This follows a nationwide trend over the first part of 2020. According to a study by the National Safety Council, the fatality rate on Connecticut roads was up 44% in the first part of 2020.  Even while the state was shutdown tending to a global pandemic outbreak, traffic on the roads was leading to a higher date rate then the previous year. The country as a whole saw a jump of 14% in the fatality rate based on miles driven and states throughout the country experienced the same with increases in the following states: Arkansas California Connecticut Illinois Louisiana Nevada New York North Carolina Oklahoma Tennessee Texas While some states across the country saw their fatality rate drop during the pandemic, the overall increase leads one to conclude that the resulting overall higher fatality rate could be linked to riskier driving behaviors. If your loved one was killed in a New Haven auto accident you may need help navigate your case.  Contact our office and our experienced attorneys will review the details of the accident.  

Early Sunset Means Greater Chance Of New Haven Bike Accidents

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September 9th, 2020

As the sunset shifts to be earlier and earlier, kids will still be out on the New Haven streets, but now it will be darker.  Motorists need to be extra cautious especially around dusk in order to avoid getting into a New Haven bike accident. A recent accident in Putnam, Connecticut involved a 13-year old who is now facing life threatening injuries.  This type of accident is preventable if both the driver of the vehicle and the children riding their bicycles follow some key steps to protect themselves.  We’ll start with the driver who needs to keep the following in mind: Slow down at all intersections.  Even if there are no signs or lights at an intersection, it is with the safety of all in mind that you should slow down through any and all intersections. Drive with your lights on, especially at dusk. Drive slowly in densely populated neighborhoods where kids may be out riding their bikes. If you can’t see around a corner, come to a complete stop and then inch around the corner. If you are driving at any time, but especially at dusk, you should be following these simple guidelines to help avoid a New Haven bike accident.  If you or a loved one were involved in this type of accident, please contact our office and our attorneys will review your…continue reading

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