Avoid A Bike Accident And Stay Safe On New Haven Roads

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July 31st, 2020

It is the middle of the summer and the weather has been gorgeous! In addition to spending time at beaches and ballfields, many in New Haven pull out their bicycles for a ride. Even though bicycles are fun, they pose safety risks for riders. Below are some safety tips for staying safe and avoiding a New Haven personal injury lawyer: Wear your helmet properly. Helmets are only effective at preventing head injuries when they are worn properly which is level, snug, and with a chin strap. Ride single file. When traveling on roadways, bicyclists should be single file except when it is safe to pass. Ride as far to the right as it is safe. Staying on the edge of the road may be dangerous, but the travel lane will make it easy for drivers to see you. Follow the rules of the road. Obey stop signs and traffic signals as you would if you were driving a car. Always ride on the right in the direction of traffic. Yield to pedestrians in or at crosswalks. Avoid riding on sidewalks. If you or your loved one was injured in a accident, the experienced New Haven personal injury lawyers at The LoRicco Law Firm can help.

New Haven Auto Accident Attorneys: 5 Ways To Avoid An Aggressive Driver

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July 30th, 2020

Our city of New Haven is a hub to some of Connecticut’s busiest highways (Interstates 91, 95, and Route 15). There is no doubt there are some aggressive drivers out on the roads. Aggressive driving comes in many forms including honking, hand gestures, and tailgating. These situations can spiral out of control quickly, so in order to keep yourself and your passengers safe by avoiding a New Haven auto accident, there are some things you can do to defuse the situation. Pull over. If an aggressive driver is tailgating you, put your directional signal on and move over to let them pass. Avoid hand gestures. While you may have not been the one who started it, it is best to keep your gestures to yourself and keep your focus and attention on the road. Stay in your vehicle. If the situation escalates to the other driver getting out of their vehicle, stay in yours. If you do not have anything nice to say…do not say anything at all. Even if the aggressive driver is verbally elevating the situation, it is best to keep your comments to yourself. Call 911. If you are fearful that you might get injured, call the police. Aggressive driving is very serious and can result in serious injuries. Both teen and adult drivers should take caution when dealing with these types of drivers. If you or a loved one is…continue reading

Avoiding New Haven Auto Accidents With Bicycles At Night

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July 27th, 2020

Bicycles are a great way to get around during the warmer months, but can be dangerous after dark.  Not surprisingly incidents of New Haven auto accidents with bicycles have a tendency to increase at night.  There are certain steps mototists can take to prevent a New Haven auto accident, even at night: Keep an eye out for bicyclists on sidewalks and roadways. Know the rules of the road.  Following the rules of the road at anytime of the day is crucial to preventing a New Haven auto accident with a bicycle and particularly at night. Pass a cyclist with plenty of space. Driving around at night can be difficult to see, but it is important to be aware of cyclists on the roadways. If you or a loved one has experienced an injury be sure to contact an experienced and knowledgeable New Haven auto accident attorney who can help you protect your long term interests.

Common Back Injuries From A New Haven Auto Accident

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July 24th, 2020

Back injuries from car accidents are painful and often require lots of time and medical treatment. These types of injuries can often leave you with long-lasting pain – as New Haven auto accident attorneys, we’ve seen it. Below are some common back injuries that can result from this type of accident. Whiplash. One of the most common auto accident injuries, whiplash can cause damage to the muscles, ligaments, and tissues in the neck. It happens when the head and neck are propelled forward when the body stays still. Whiplash pain can be immediate or not present for several hours or days. Symptoms are headache, dizziness, stiffness, pain, blurred vision, and fatigue. Spinal fractures. Often concurring when the seat belt fails to hold your body sufficiently. The lower half of the body remains in place, while the upper torso is jostled around. These cracks in your vertebrae may heal on their own with immobilization and rest, or they may require surgery. Disc injuries. The discs in between vertebrae can sustain quite a bit a trauma during an auto accident. The force of the accident causes compression that can cause shifting and compress nerves and cause pain. Disc injury types are herniated, bulging, and ruptured. Depending on the severity of the injury, surgery may be required to repair. Spondylolisthesis. When compression force causes vertebrae to shift out…continue reading

Common Heat-Related Injuries During The Summer Months

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July 22nd, 2020

Summertime in New Haven can be extremely hot. Right now we’re experiencing a longer than usual elevated temperatures. Not only does this impact our breathing, but it can affect how people perform the duties of their job. Their are 5 common heat-related injuries you should be on the lookout for, whether you are at work or at play. Heat rash. These small, red clusters look like pimples on the skin. Get to a cool place and keep the skin dry. Sunburn. Painful, red, warm skin that can sometimes blister. Keep your skin cool and stay out of the sun until it heals. Heat cramps. Muscle pain or spasms and intense sweating during exercise. Stop exercise and move to a cool place. Drink plenty of water. Seek medical attention if it lasts longer than an hour, you are on a low-sodium diet, or you have heart problems. Heat exhaustion. Heavy sweating, cold/pale, clammy skin accompanied by nausea, headache, dizziness. Move to a cool place, loosen clothes, sip water, and put cool clothes on your body. Seek medical help if it lasts longer than an hour or if you are vomiting. Heat stroke. Really high temperature (103 or greater), red, hot skin, dizziness, headache, confusion, nausea. Call 911 – heat stroke is a medical emergency. Get to a cooler place, put cool cloths on skin, do not…continue reading

The Most Common Summer-Related Work Injuries

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July 20th, 2020

Summer is in full swing! Not only do we spend more time outdoors in our personal lives, but some of us spend more time outdoors in our professional lives as well. Workers are often exposed to various hazards and risks by spending time outdoors. Below are some of the most common summertime work-related injuries: Dehydration. Dehydration is a serious health concern that occurs when too much water is lost from the body and not replaced. Excessive sweating is a big indicator that dehydration is imminent. A work injury can happen quickly if the body’s temperature rises because it is trying to cool off through sweating. Skin conditions. For those who work outside, skin conditions that develop from sun exposure are a very real work hazard. Sun burns happen when the skin is no longer naturally able to protect itself. Burns can cause reddened skin, blisters, fever, chills, and in the most extreme cases, shock. Slips, trips, and falls. These can happen at any time of the year, but these accidents can result in serious injuries. Breaks and head injuries can happen from a fall. Hyperthermia. When the body heats up too fast and can’t cool itself down, workers can be at risk for heat stroke or sun stroke. Heat-related illness is very serious and symptoms include dizziness, muscle cramps, seizures, nausea, headaches, among others. Motor…continue reading

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