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What can cause motorcycle accidents?

Connecticut motorcyclists like you face more dangers on the road than any other vehicle. If you get into an accident because of the unique vulnerabilities of your motorcycle, Miller, Rosnick, D'Amico, August & Butler, P.C. are here to help. Let's first take a look at the three different categories that are the most common when it comes to the cause of motorcycle accidents.

The first common cause is other drivers. Understandably, other vehicles on the road pose a much bigger threat to you than you do to them, as motorcycles are much smaller. For example, visibility issues can cause drivers to merge into your lane without seeing you. You may even be hit in a sudden U-turn or turn, rear-ended by a misjudgment of distance, or run into due to distraction.

What must I prove in a slip-and-fall case?

If you are a Connecticut resident who receives an injury this winter as the result of falling on someone else’s property, you may wish to consider suing the property owner to recover money damages for your injury. FindLaw explains that a slip-and-fall accident is one in which you sustain an injury as the result of such things as the following:

  • Slipping on a wet floor, icy sidewalk, etc.
  • Tripping on a torn carpet, broken sidewalk, etc.
  • Falling over debris or down some stairs because of poor lighting, etc.

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Spotting root hazards at work

When workers in Connecticut clock in for the day, they expect to be greeted with a safe environment. However, workplace hazards can exist in any job. Knowing how to identify the core or root hazards in one's place of work can do wonders when it comes to preventative actions to avoid accidents.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a segment on hazard identification which can be used by workers of all types. This includes a lot of prep work like collecting information on known hazards, and inspecting the workplace in full to identify health hazards or other possible accident sources. Once these issues have been identified, it's then possible to create plans to circumvent them.

It’s a must to follow these tips when driving in the snow

As a resident of Connecticut, you know that the winter months will bring plenty of snow to the area.

While some people enjoy this weather, most realize one thing to be true: Snow increases the likelihood of being part of a motor vehicle accident.

Avoid a drunk driving tragedy this New Year’s Eve

Across the country, countless people will be ringing in the New Year next weekend. It should not be a surprise that alcohol is often a large part of the festivities. There is nothing wrong with getting together with friends or family to drink and celebrate, but it is vital for those who drink alcohol to make smart choices. Revelers in Connecticut and elsewhere may significantly increase their chances of making it home safely by New Year’s Day when they are responsible about drinking and driving.

Drunk driving is a serious problem that endangers everyone on the roads. In 2016, 100 people lost their lives in Connecticut in alcohol-related accidents, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This number is a small fraction of the deaths and injuries that occur nationwide due to drunk drivers.

How can you avoid a drowsy driving crash this holiday season?

We are right in the middle of the holidays, and if you are like many Connecticut residents, you might have plans to see family. The holidays are an exciting time to visit loved ones you have not seen since last year; however, if you are taking a long trip, you need to be aware of the dangers of drowsy driving.

Getting behind the wheel on too little sleep is hazardous no matter how long your drive is, but longer trips can pose additional dangers for numerous reasons. The drive could be monotonous and boring; your excitement the night before the trip might have resulted in less sleep; poor weather and road conditions could exacerbate the dangers when you are sleepy. Drowsy driving is not an insignificant risk, either. Statistics by the National Sleep Foundation report 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries across the country each year due to fatigued drivers.

Understand how to safely operate your space heater

This winter, your space heater may seem like your best friend. Space heaters are effective and convenient for heating one room at a time and reducing utility costs in our harsh Connecticut winters. However, at Miller, Rosnick, D'Amico, August & Butler, P.C., we feel it is important to let you know about the dangers of operating a space heater improperly or using a faulty heater.

Space heaters are responsible for one-third of all home fires in the U.S., as well as four of out five deaths related to heating fires, states the DIY Network. Does this mean your little space heater is a devastating fire waiting to happen? Not necessarily, as long as you take the proper safety precautions each time you turn your heater on.

State sees Thanksgiving jump in speeding, crashes

When the holidays arrive, many people take to the road as their way of getting to friends' or family members' homes in Connecticut to share in the celebrations. This can be an efficient and affordable means of travel for people, especially for families that may not otherwise be able to afford to make the trek to be with their loved ones at these times. Unfortunately this opens up the possibility that instead of safely reaching relatives' or their own homes, people in vehicles will be involved in one of the many crashes that seem to happen when the roads get busy.

According to the Connecticut State Police, the number of vehicle accidents that happened over the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday weekend was substantially more than the number recorded over the same period just one year before. In 2016, the Thanksgiving weekend saw 392 wrecks across the state. This year, there were 524 total crashes. In these incidents, two people's lives were lost, leaving their family members to grieve at a time that should be about celebrating and giving thanks.

Don't make these car insurance claim mistakes

A car accident is every bit as scary as it sounds. Not only do you have concerns about your health and well-being, but the same holds true in regard to the impact on your financial situation.

Unfortunately, many people make things worse by making a car insurance claim mistake. They think they're doing the right thing, but in all actuality they're taking steps that put them in a worse position.

Deadly CT accident highlights dangers of truck height limitations

Many fatal truck accidents involve speed, fatigue or distraction. Less known, but no less dangerous, are accidents that involve a truck being too large or tall for a certain road or highway structure. There are many roads in Connecticut that have not been built to accommodate large trucks. When a truck driver ignores restrictions, or when roadside warnings are inadequate, the consequences can be devastating.

Earlier this November, a truck collided with the Stanwich Road bridge overpass along the Merritt Parkway in Greenwich. The driver of a vehicle behind the truck was killed when his car crashed into the truck. Signs had been placed along the road warning drivers that trucks over a certain size were prohibited, due to some structures being too low for the trucks to safely pass under.

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