New Haven Personal Injury & The Big Game

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February 1st, 2019

Whether you are rooting for the New England Patriots or the Los Angeles Rams, the Big Game brings lots of revelry. As New Haven personal injury lawyers, we see a lot of the other side by way of injury. Celebrating typically involves get-togethers with friends or at a local restaurant/bar. While you may have vacuumed the floors and put out your best 7-layer dip, these tips could keep you and your guests safe from personal injury. Keep an eye on guests. You want all of your party guests to make it home safely. Keep an eye on how many drinks everyone has had and if they are safe to get behind the wheel. If they aren’t you might consider calling them a cab or ride-sharing service so they make it home safely. No tripping. Make sure your walkways and stairs are free from any ice and snow that may be a slip hazard. The same goes for inside. Make sure cords, rugs, etc. are free from heavily treaded walking areas. Clean up any spills right away to avoid a slip. Safe snack. If you are grilling or bbqing make sure you have cleaned your surfaces to avoid a fire and that foods are cooked to appropriate temperatures. Whether you are hosting or a guest, the New Haven personal injury lawyers at The LoRicco Law Firm…continue reading

New Haven Personal Injury: Watch Your Step On Icy Surfaces

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January 30th, 2019

In New Haven, you never know how the weather will affect your daily routine.  As fall turns to winter, rain can quickly transition to ice or snow and make slippery surfaces very difficult to navigate. Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, a small patch of ice or snow can put you at risk of a significant New Haven personal injury. These injuries are often preventable and in some cases can be due to negligence of a home or business owner.  The law protects you from this negligence. Provided the home or business owner has had a reasonable amount of time, following a snow or ice storm, they must clear any walkways on their property after a winter storm has ended.  The owner is afforded a reasonable amount of time to clear the property of treacherous conditions. If you believe your slip and fall accident happened after a reasonable amount of time has passed after the end of a winter storm, the home or business owner may be liable for your injuries. Contact our New Haven personal injury lawyers to discuss your options.

Avoid Ice Skidding on New Haven Roads

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January 28th, 2019

Traveling along New Haven road in icy conditions like today can be frightening, especially if you were injured in a New Haven auto accident because your vehicle either skidded or your vehicle was hit by one. If you are ever behind the wheel and your vehicle starts to skid, there are some tips offered by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Ice is twice as slippery at 30 degrees than 0 degrees. If you hit an icy patch, take your foot off the brake and either accelerate or downshift. If you are skidding, take your foot off the brake and steer your wheel into the direction the back of your vehicle is going. Using a light touch will take you out of the skid. Leave plenty of space between yourself and the car in front of you. If you were injured in an auto accident involving a skidding vehicle, contact the attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm. Whether your injuries were caused by another motorist on the road, or could have been prevented if the municipality de-iced, our New Haven Auto Accident attorneys can help you file your claim.

New Haven Personal Injury: Understanding Dog Bite Liability As a Homeowner

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January 25th, 2019

When you are a New Haven homeowner, it is important to have adequate coverage on your homeowner’s policy. Your homeowner’s policy does not just protect against natural occurrences like hurricanes or flooding, but it also covers you for liability should your pet inflict a New Haven personal injury. 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 is a child, 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. There are also breeds that may get your policy denied with your insurance company: Wolf Hybrids, Siberian Huskies, Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Dobermans, Chow Chows, Alaskan Malamutes, and Akitas. If you are a homeowner, regardless of the breed of your dog, make sure your insurance company knows you have a dog living at your property. And if you are injured, contact our firm. Our New Haven personal injury lawyers have been helping the injured for nearly 60 years.

New Haven Auto Accident: What To Do If Hit By A Delivery Driver

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January 23rd, 2019

New Haven auto accidents involving delivery vehicles may provide victims with additional alternatives for compensation. The driver of a delivery vehicle who causes an accident remains liable. However, other parties may also face liability primarily their employer if the driving employee is performing their duties within the scope of employment: The employer hired the employee to perform a specific task Within authorized time and space limits At least in part to serve the employer Liability may extend to a driver’s employer in the following example: A delivery driver, delivering to a customer, drives a company vehicle at high speeds, swerving in and out of traffic despite wet weather conditions. The delivery driver loses control of the vehicle and crashes into another vehicle in oncoming traffic, injuring that driver and that car’s passengers. Here, the driver acts within the scope of employment because the driver is making a delivery on behalf of the employer (and in a company vehicle). The driver’s negligence causes the New Haven auto accident and injures the other vehicle’s passengers. Because of these factors, the injured parties may recover compensation from both the driver and employer. Victims cannot always hold a delivery driver’s employer liable. For example, if the driver in the above scenario was not making a delivery and was instead making a detour to visit a friend, then the employer…continue reading

8 Tips For Driving In The Snow

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January 21st, 2019

Driving in the snow can be very stressful and can undoubtedly cause New Haven auto accidents. If you find yourself on the road when snow hits, here are some tips to keep yourself safe until you can get home or your destination. Everything takes longer on roads covered in snow. Drive slowly. Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Accelerating slowly helps regain and maintain traction. It also takes longer to slow down on icy roads. Know your brakes. Increase your distance behind the vehicle in front of you to 8-1o seconds following distance. Don’t stop going up a hill. Don’t power up hills. Don’t stop if you can avoid it. Stay home. If you don’t have to go out, don’t. Let the public works crews clear the roads before venturing out. If your or a loved one was injured in a New Haven auto accident, contact our firm. Our team of experienced attorneys will help protect your rights. If your accident was caused by a delay of plowing by a municipality of state, there is a shorter window of time to file suit. Contact us immediately to discuss your options.

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