Tesla Adds Many More Vehicles To “Boombox” Recall

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April 28th, 2022

You may have noticed that the founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, has been in the news this week for his takeover of the popular social network Twitter.  It’s an eye popping $44 billion takeover that might have taken your eyes away from another Musk centered news story that could have significantly greater impact on your day to day life.  Elon Musk’s Tesla brand autos had to recall a large number of vehicles due to safety concerns with their new “Boombox” feature which has the potential to lead to more New Haven pedestrian accidents. In 2018 regulators began requiring that makers of hybrid and electric vehicles must include the functionality for their vehicles to play sounds that will alert pedestrians of it’s presence on the road at low speeds.  Presumably this was done to protect pedestrians who may not be able to hear hybrid or electric vehicles coming due to their quiet mode of operation.  This new functionality was put in place and was working well until Tesla added a new functionality called “Boombox” to many of it’s vehicles which allowed drivers to “delight pedestrians” with other sounds coming out of their car’s external speakers. When the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigating the “Boombox” functionality back in 2021 it determined that the functionality had the potential to drown out the sounds intended to…continue reading

New Haven Slip And Fall Accidents Don’t Just Happen In The Winter

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April 25th, 2022

The winter months can be a time when injuries from slipping and falling are very common.  You may read a lot of information about how ice and snow on sidewalks and walkways can lead to serious injury and in some cases fatal injuries.  This is all very true, but it is important to note that this is not where the danger ends.  When the temperatures rise into the 40s and 50s the danger for a New Haven slip and fall accident does not just disappear.  In fact, in some cases the danger for this type of injury can increase because we are not on the lookout for these types of dangers as much as we would be if there was snow or ice on the ground. Take for instance a trip up a set of stairs.  In the winter months you may find yourself taking one step at a time and walking gingerly up the set of stairs because you are concerned that there may be ice under foot.  This can be a perfectly real assumption and walking carefully up that set of stairs may make a lot of sense to keep yourself safe.  You may then decide to take that same set of stairs in the month of April and not think anything about taking a few steps at a time or jogging up…continue reading

Remember To Avoid Distracted “Walking” During Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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April 23rd, 2022

We have been discussing all month long the importance of avoiding distracted driving as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  There are a myriad of issues that can distract you while you’re are driving including things like eating while driving, using your cell phone while driving, and even talking to passengers while behind the wheel.  All of these distractions have been known to lead to auto accidents.  It is important to spend each and every month remembering that these types of distractions are dangerous and can lead to serious, if not fatal, injuries. The same could be said for walking while distracted which could lead to a New Haven pedestrian accident which can be equally severe as an auto accident and can happen just as quickly as if you were behind the wheel.  If you are not prepared to avoid distractions when you are walking as well there can be devastating impacts on your safety. As you set out on your journey to walk to work or class or just enjoy a stroll through our beautiful city you will want to keep certain safety tips in mind so you can avoid distractions that could lead to dangerous outcomes.  Whether you’re walking a block or two or a mile or two, these distractions can present problems for you. 1.) Your cell phone.  Just like when…continue reading

Three Spring Safety Tips To Avoid A New Haven Motorcycle Accident

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April 21st, 2022

There is no better time to ride your motorcycle then the spring in New Haven.  The weather is warming up and there are a whole host of beautiful places to visit on a day ride that will leave you breathless.  However, spring can also be a dangerous month to be riding your motorcycle and could lead to a New Haven motorcycle accident if you don’t take precautions. Even the most experienced rider may come out in the spring and be a little rusty from a few months of having the bike stored and not riding it.  Any good rider knows to take it easy before hitting the road and excessive speeds which have been shown to be the greatest indicator of serious injury in both car and motorcycle accidents.  Easing into the spring season is the best thing a motorcycle rider can do in order to maintain safety. There are other things that a motorcycle rider can do during the spring months that can keep her/him safe from injury.  These safety tips are good to keep in mind year round, but are particularly of note in the spring months when the weather is warming and the streets are not yet clean for the summer. 1.) Avoid patches of sand leftover from the winter months of sanding/salting the roads to keep them from being slippery.  A…continue reading

Why You Should Never Approach A Dog That Is Off It’s Leash

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April 19th, 2022

Have you ever been out for a walk in one of the Elm City’s beautiful parks and seen a dog that was off it’s leash? The owner may be near by, but the dog is still running wild and free.  It looks like an iconic scene out of a movie, but it could very quickly turn into a situation where you may find yourself in jeopardy of getting a New Haven dog bite injury. Spring and summer months are the perfect times for dogs to be out with their owners enjoying our beautiful city.  Too often dogs do not get enough exercise in the winter because of bad weather and they need to be out stretching their legs and staying active to remain healthy and happy.  It is great when the weather becomes warmer and they can do just that, but it may also present problems to those neighbors who are unfamiliar with the dog. A dog’s owner should be well aware of the dog’s temperament and should take steps accordingly to make sure that a dog is not put in a position where it may hurt a neighbor while out for a walk.  Dog owners have an obligation to keep their dogs leashed, especially in a public park where people of all stripes are walking and enjoying our beautiful city.  If a dog is…continue reading

Where Do Child Pedestrian Accidents Happen Most? You May Be Surprised

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April 18th, 2022

It won’t come as much of a surprise to most people that New Haven pedestrian accidents increase in the spring and summer months.  As the weather warms and there are more people out and about walking and biking along roads, pathways, and in parks and neighborhoods there is a higher volume of people and therefore a greater risk of accident.  There are other factors besides the warmer weather that increase the number of pedestrians that are walking and biking throughout our city as well, including longer days. Today we want to focus on accidents involving children because the more and more children that are out and running around throughout the city the greater the danger becomes.  First a couple of pieces of valuable information from AAA about the incidents that occur most often with kids; 1.) Kids are twice as likely to get injured due to a pedestrian accident at a park then around a school zone. 2.) 80% of all accidents involving children happen OUTSIDE of an intersection. It’s this second statistic that we found the most surprising.  When we think of pedestrian accidents we often think of a car going through a red light at an intersection and hitting a pedestrian because they are not following the rules of the road.  While this happens sometimes, when it relates to children, according to AAA…continue reading

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