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August 2016 Archives

Important safety regulations for bicyclists who ride on roadways

Riding a bicycle can be one of the best ways to enjoy the summer months. The combination of bright sun, warm breezes and fresh air can be energizing. But since many cyclists ride on state roads, there is always a chance of a bicycle accident. Therefore, motorists and cyclists need to watch out for each other while they are on the road. So here are some tips that bicyclists should always follow when they are on the road.It's important to remember that motorists and cyclists in Connecticut are subject to the same laws when they are on the road. They must obey all traffic signs and use proper signaling when turning and stopping. But unlike a motorist in a vehicle, a bicyclist must always wear a helmet that fits correctly. According to statistics, nearly three quarters of fatal bicycle accidents involve head injuries, so it's important to make sure that a bicycle helmet fits properly. It should never sit more than two fingers length above a cyclist's forehead.

Dog bite victim receives $1.4 million for devastating injuries

In a nearby Connecticut community southeast of Hartford a judge recently awarded a victim injured by a friend's dog at the friend's house $1.4 million. The victim, who is 16 now, suffered dog bite injuries while visiting a friend's house when he was 13. The injuries the victim suffered as a result of the dog attack required numerous surgeries to treat. The victim has endured 10 surgeries already and is likely to need 2 more. He has also suffered permanent scarring. As a result of the dog attack, the victim suffered serious injuries to his face, chin, lip, left eye, neck, shoulder and chest.

The most important parts of a wrongful death lawsuit

Many families in Connecticut have lost a beloved family member due to the negligence of another person. In situations like this, the devastated family may want to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent person or persons in order to seek justice, as well as financial compensation. However, there are important aspects of a wrongful death lawsuit that must be established in order for this kind of lawsuit to be successful.

What steps can truck drivers take to help avoid accidents?

Most drivers in Connecticut know that they need to drive cautiously when they are near large 18-wheel trucks. They know that they should slow down and stay to the right when a large truck legally passes them and they also know to give the truck driver enough room to change lanes. Routinely practicing these steps is one way to avoid accidents that can cause serious injuries. But what about truck drivers? What steps can they take with motorists in order help prevent truck accidents?One step truck drivers can routinely practice is to double check their mirrors before they make right handed turns. This is important because automotive drivers who are driving alongside of them may not know that the truck driver wants to make a right turn. Most 18-wheelers have to swing to the left before making a right-hand turn. Repeatedly checking their mirrors will alert them that there are motorists near them who may not be aware of their intentions.

Local authorities observe increase in DWIs and wrong way drivers

It can be very disturbing to be driving and following all the rules of the road only to suddenly see a car approaching from the opposite direction. Then, unless one of the drivers can avoid the collision, a fatal car accident can occur. Recently, Connecticut authorities have found that there has been an increase in this type of dangerous driving behavior in the Hartford area.

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