New Haven Dog Bites: Vaccinations Matter

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November 21st, 2019

When you are a New Haven homeowner, it is important to have adequate coverage on your homeowners policy. Your homeowners policy does not just protect against damage to your house, but it also covers you for liability should your pet injure another person. Some folks are refusing to vaccinate their pets, but this could pose a public safety threat especially since some diseases dogs carry can be passed on to humans. If your dog is infected, and bites another, you would be liable for any care the injured person needed to treat and recover. The State of Connecticut’s dog bite laws are strict liability which means the dog owner is responsible for the actions of their dog even if they are not negligent. The exceptions to this statute are if the victim was trespassing, or if the dog was being teased or taunted. According to US Insurance Agents, the average cost of a dog bite claim is $29,000 with $470 million in annual costs to insurance companies. If you are a pet owner, regardless of the breed of your dog, make sure you are adequately covered for this type of accident.

If You Think Connecticut Traffic Is Bad, You’re Right

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November 18th, 2019

If you commute across our state, even if you don’t and just occasionally travel, chances are you have sat in traffic. You might have even noticed a New Haven auto accident passing through New Haven. In fact, our small state has 6 of the country’s worst traffic bottlenecks. They are: New Haven: I-91 and I-95. Coming in at number 56 nationally, where these two highways meet is cause for great traffic delays. Bridgeport: i-95 at Route 8. This spot slows travel times for those traveling from the center part of our state. This spot comes in at number 74 nationally. Hartford: I-91 and I-84. Ranks 14th nationally as the worst traffic bottleneck. Waterbury: I-84. Just one word: Mixmaster. This spot ranks as number 64. Norwalk: I-95, exits 14-16. If you have traveled this stretch of road in Norwalk you know how quickly and slowly traffic moves put it at number 47 nationally. Stamford: I-95., exits 6-9. Number 43 nationwide. Traveling along congested roadways is tiring, frustrating, and stressful. This can cause accidents. If you or your loved ones were injured, contact the New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm immediately. Our team will work tirelessly to secure compensation so you and your family can move forward.

New Haven Personal Injury & Child Concussions

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November 15th, 2019

If you or a loved one was recently in a New Haven auto accident, a head concussion (now classified as a traumatic brain injury) could very well be an injury a child has sustained. The signs and symptoms in adults are generally straightforward because an adult can often describe and verbalize what they are feeling and experiencing. In a child, these signs and symptoms are not always straightforward because children can often not verbalize what they are feeling. According to the Mayo Clinic, non-verbal cues in children are: Appearing dazed Listlessness and tiring easily Irritability and crankiness Loss of balance and unsteady walking Crying excessively Change in eating or sleeping patterns Lack of interest in favorite toys If your child was involved in a New Haven auto accident and these symptom are persistent after 1-2 days, follow up with your child’s pediatrician. If the following symptoms occur after a head injury, seek emergency care immediately: Vomiting Loss of consciousness longer than 30 seconds A headache that gets worse over time Changes in behavior, such as irritability Changes in physical coordination, such as stumbling or clumsiness Confusion or disorientation, such as difficulty recognizing people or places Slurred speech or other changes in speech Seizures Vision or eye disturbances, such as pupils that are bigger than normal (dilated pupils) or pupils of unequal sizes Lasting or recurrent dizziness Obvious…continue reading

New Haven Auto Accidents With Wildlife

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November 13th, 2019

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.  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 11th, 2019

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

3 Ways To Spot A Drowsy Driver

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November 8th, 2019

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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