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Get ready for summer by preparing for road trips

As Connecticut families plan trips for the summer, many find it is cheaper to drive to their destination than it is to fly, particularly those with large families. Driving long distances can introduce dangers that can be deadly if the driver and passengers are not prepared. There are several things that can be done to prepare both the car and the people for road trips.

According to safewise, the car should always be checked before a long trip to determine if it is road worthy. While most cars are inspected each year during registration time, there are specific things to look for before taking them out on the road. This includes the tire pressure, the oil level, wiper blades and wiper fluid. Any serious concerns should be addressed before the trip starts.

Is riding a motorcycle just like driving a car?

People thinking of becoming motorcycle riders may have all sorts of misconceptions about how motorcycles operate. One of those misconceptions, according to Ride Apart, is that new cyclists believe riding a motorcycle is not any different from driving a car. This is a dangerous notion that can land a motorcycle rider in deep trouble on a Connecticut highway. If a new rider does not know how to handle a motorcycle, serious injury or death could result.

One of the biggest issues any motorcyclist should be aware of is that motorcycles are much harder to visualize on the road than most vehicles. A typical car driver is going to be on the lookout for other cars, trucks and other comparable automobiles. Motorcycles are not as common on the road, but they are also much smaller in size, so a car driver is less likely to see you usually because the driver is not expecting to see you or you are in the blind spot of the car.

Bicycle safety tips for riders enjoying the sunshine

As the Connecticut weather warms up, many park the car or truck and turn to the vigorous exercise that comes from a bicycle ride to work or school. Unfortunately, after a long winter, drivers may not be fully prepared or aware of bicyclists as they move onto the roads and sidewalks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 800 bicyclists are killed each year in an accident involving a car. Riders can decrease their chances of injury or death by knowing the safety rules of the road.

The first thing that riders can do is always be prepared with the right equipment. When riding a bike anywhere, the rider should wear a helmet. According to AAA, this can reduce the likelihood of a serious injury by as much as 85 percent. Bicycle riders should always be wary, be seen and be alert. While a bike ride can be nice and relaxing it is important that the rider stay alert.

Fatal motorcycle accident leads to negligent homicide charges

As Connecticut drivers prepare for spring, many plan to bring their motorcycles out of storage and enjoy the warm spring weather and the clear roads. Unfortunately, if drivers are not used to watching for motorcycles and are not using correct safety procedures, accidents can be fatal for motorcyclists. This was the case for a driver who was charged with negligent homicide after a recent accident.

The man was also charged with failure to drive a reasonable distance apart and was just barely arrested for an accident that occurred over a year ago. According to, law enforcement officials have been investigating the crash and recently determined that an arrest was appropriate and necessary.

Drunk driving accidents and Connecticut dram shop liability

If you have been injured in a crash with an intoxicated motorist in Connecticut, you may seek compensation for your associated medical bills, lost income, and physical pain and suffering, from the at-fault driver or his or her insurance company. However, you may also be entitled to damages from the establishment that served the other motorist. At Weber & Carrier LLP, we understand how the state’s Dram Shop Act helps hold bars and restaurants responsible for over-serving that results in serious or fatal auto accidents.

Under state law, the liquor seller who served the at-fault driver prior to the crash may be held responsible for injuries suffered due to drunk driving collisions. This is only the case, however, if the driver was already intoxicated when he or she was served. For example, a man goes to a bar and is drinking with friends. While there, he becomes increasingly intoxicated and is noticeably slurring his words and stumbling, but the bartender continues to serve him drinks. Upon leaving the bar, the man gets behind the wheel and causes a wreck that results in you suffering serious injuries. You may be entitled to compensation from the establishment where the man was drinking.

Innovative ways to optimize your fleet management

If you are responsible for overseeing a fleet of company-managed vehicles at your business in Connecticut, you may be looking for ways to optimize the process of fleet management while maximizing its effectiveness in preventing accidents. At Weber & Carrier, LLP, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, we understand the challenges of maintaining a fleet.

With your company's initiative to implement fleet management protocols that prioritize safety, efficiency and responsibility, your drivers may experience fewer risks of getting involved in a serious accident that may have been preventable with the application of appropriate tools and resources. According to Verizon Connect, one way that you can achieve these goals is to develop customized routes for each truck based on its size, the materials it is carrying and the size of its load. Another way you can accomplish this objective is by implementing a real-time notifications system that tracks each truck's movement to alert for dangers such as doors left open. 

Is my motorcycle helmet unsafe?

Donning a helmet could very well be the difference between life and death if you ride a motorcycle on a Connecticut road. That is why the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has set safety standards for motorcycle helmets that are sold within the U.S. A helmet that does not meet these standards will likely provide inferior protection and increase the risk of injury or death. The DOT warns consumers to be on the lookout for unsafe helmets.

One way to determine if a helmet may not adequately protect you is to pay attention to how heavy the helmet feels. Helmets that met the DOT standard are typically three pounds in weight. An unsafe helmet is more likely to feel lighter in your hand. Unless the design of the helmet makes it heavier, an unsafe helmet will probably weigh only a single pound, perhaps even less. Also, helmets that will not adequately protect you tend to be smaller in diameter.

Safety equipment can reduce big truck accidents

Whether you are driving on Connecticut highways or winding rural roads, big trucks can cause frustration and concern. From unsafe lane changes and high speeds to crossing the double yellow line, tractor-trailer trucks are often viewed as a safety hazard. At Weber & Carrier, LLP, we often work with clients injured in truck accidents as a result of negligence.

According to AAA NewsRoom, as many as 63,000 accidents each year can be prevented if trucking companies equip their vehicles with advanced safety technologies. More than half of U.S. adults feel vulnerable when passing big trucks, due to their size, large blind spots and penchant for unexpectedly swerving out of their lane.

Preventing severe scarring after a dog bite

If people have been the victims of a dog attack in Connecticut, their injuries may be prone to severe scarring depending on the severity of the attack. Even in situations where the animal bite was relatively minor, improper care could increase a person's chance of experiencing the discomfort and self-consciousness that comes with having scars. 

Even once the pain has begun to subside, people should be careful about the way they choose to care for their wounds in order to provide their body with the adequate environment to heal as normally as possible. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the dressings an injured person applies to their wound should be changed frequently to keep the bandages clean and dry. The use of some type of petroleum jelly can keep the wound site moist and help to prevent cracking and tearing of the skin as it heals. 

Are hands-free cellphones really safe?

If you are like many other drivers in the United States, you have used your cellphone while behind the wheel. This deadly practice, however, leads to catastrophic car accidents, injuries and deaths. In 2016, 3,450 people were killed, and another 391,000 people were injured in distracted driving car accidents in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As a result, many states, including Connecticut, implemented legislation banning the use of hand-hand cellphones while driving. In order to stay in compliance with the law, you may have used a hands-free cellphone while driving. However, studies show that these devices may not be a safe alternative to their hand-held counterparts.

AAA published a study looking at hands-free cellphones and the amount of cognitive distraction they produce. Researchers asked participants to perform the following distractive tasks:

  •          Listening to an audio book
  •          Listening to the radio
  •          Talking on a hands-free and a hand-held cellphone
  •          Talking with a passenger in the car
  •          Compose an email using voice activated technology

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