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How Parents Can Prevent Connecticut Teen Driving Accidents!

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

How Parents Can Prevent Connecticut Teen Driving Accidents!

Driving accidents are the number one killer of teenagers. What if parents could be provided with a tool that could help to cut down on the number of accidents that occur – would it be used? Parent teen driving agreements are a proven way to review what is expected of your teen driver in the operation of your motor vehicle which will help to reduce the risk of your teen driver being involved in a car crash. A properly drafted agreement will spell out the safety risks, what is expected of your team in driving your motor vehicle, and what will happen if the team violates his or her obligation. So where can you get such an agreement?

Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers and CT accident attorneys have drafted a parent teen driver agreement which can be downloaded for free by visiting our website at www.HCWLAW.com. This teen driving agreement will allow you to sit down and have a thorough discussion with your new teen driver about the rules of the road, what you expect of them in operating your motor vehicle, and most importantly what will happen if they violate any of these rules of the road. It is important that your teen understand how important a responsibility it is in operating a motor vehicle and how your car could turn into a dangerous projectile that could end the life of anyone in an instant.

Medical research has shown us that teen driving is especially dangerous because the human brain does not fully develop until the age of approximately 25 years. This fact will reduce a teens ability to accurately assess risk and danger or control impulsive behavior. Additionally, teen driver training will not overcome this condition. Parents should also note that just because their teen has passed a driver training course and has obtained a motor vehicle drivers license this does not mean that the teen is a safe driver. It is merely a starting point for you to be actively involved in this important learning process.

Parents must impress upon their teen the fact that failure to follow driving laws which would include speeding, reckless driving, alcohol or drug use while operating a vehicle, not using seat belts, becoming distracted while driving, illegally transporting passengers, or violating any other laws could cause injury, death, damage to property and can result in criminal and civil penalties. As part of the teen driving agreements the parent must understand that they will take an active role in this process and will promise to be a good role model to their driving teen. It is important that the parent obey all traffic laws, wear their seatbelt, never drink and drive, and not engage in distracted driving.

By utilizing this very simple educational tool, parents can help to reduce the risk of their child being involved in a serious accident which could either cause injury or death to their child or to another. This is too important an issue to leave unresolved and not discussed. By reviewing this agreement with your new teen driver, all of the important terms and conditions of this very serious undertaking should be understood by the new teen driver. Additionally, your new teen driver will understand all of the penalties for violating any of the rules or regulations of the road which you as a parent must strictly enforce.

To the extent that your teen driver has been injured to the fault of another, or if anyone in your family or any of your friends, have been injured in a a motor vehicle accident, it is very important that you get the advice of a highly experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer or CT accident attorney at the earliest possible moment. You can also download free books, watch videos, or read a number of articles by visiting our website at www.HCWLAW.com. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak directly with one of our experienced Connecticut personal injury attorneys and accident lawyers to get your questions answered right away or to schedule a free in office consultation.

Attorney Hastings is Called to Testify as an Expert in Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Attorney Hastings is Called to Testify as an Expert in Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law

Richard P. Hastings, a CT personal injury lawyer with the offices of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, was recently asked to testify at the Connecticut General Assembly, Committee on Insurance and Real Estate, as an expert in uninsured and underinsured motorist law.

He was asked to testify as to raised Bill # 5364, An Act Requiring Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage to be Optional and Concerning Underinsured Motorist Conversion Coverage. The stated purpose of the bill was to make uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage optional rather than compulsory and to require insurers that write automobile liability insurance in the state to provide UIM conversion coverage to uninsured’s at no cost if such insurer failed to offer, or disclose the availability of, such coverage or fails to procure a signed informed consent form from insured who declines such coverage.

Attorney Hastings testified in opposition to the provision that would make uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage optional rather than mandatory. Attorney Hastings indicated that this act could potentially benefit insurance companies while creating dire economic consequences for people who were injured in accidents by people who either have no insurance or insignificant limits of liability to properly compensate the injured party
for their damages. Attorney Hastings went on to report that according to a recent Insurance Research Council study, almost 10% of people that operate motor vehicles in Connecticut do not have any insurance at all.

Attorney Hastings then testified in support of the provision that would require insurance companies to provide UIM conversion coverage to an insured, at no cost, if the insurance company did not comply with the requirements of our underinsured motorist conversion coverage statute which is located at 38a-336a. Currently this statute requires insurance companies to provide a description of coverage, the premium cost and the availability of such coverage which is to be provided to the insured in a conspicuous manner on the informed consent form specified in Connecticut General Statutes section 38a-336. Further, the insured would have to sign the aforesaid form to the extent that conversion coverage was not elected. The current statute does not provide for a penalty for the insurance company’s failure to comply.

Attorney Hastings further testified that it was important that the committee understand the importance of protecting its citizens from negligent drivers who either do not have any insurance or do not have enough insurance to properly compensate the injured party for their damages. It was also important that the General Assembly enact legislation which provides a penalty for a requirement of the statute were currently one does not exist.

Attorney Hastings has written 14 books, including a book on Connecticut insurance law, his firm has produced over 150 educational videos on a variety of accident and injury topics, he was a syndicated legal columnist, he is a contributor to the Connecticut Law Tribune, he is a New England Super Lawyer, he is AV rated by Martindale, its highest rating, and is listed in its Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, and he has been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Connecticut by the National Trial Lawyers.

Attorney Hastings can be reached at 888-842-8466 or by visiting the firm’s website at www.HCWLAW.com.

Attorney Hastings Testifies Before Connecticut General Assembly Insurance and Real Estate Committee

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Attorney Hastings Testifies Before Connecticut General Assembly Insurance and Real Estate Committee

Attorney Richard Hastings of the law firm of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP recently testified before the Connecticut General Assembly’s insurance and real estate committee regarding raised Bill number 5364. The bill, entitled ”an act requiring uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage to be optional and concerning UIM conversion coverage.” Mr. Hastings was asked to testify before this committee as a result of his experience in the areas of uninsured and underinsured motorist law in Connecticut.

The purpose of the proposed bill was to make uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage optional rather than mandatory and to require that insurance companies that write motor vehicle liability insurance policies in Connecticut provide underinsured motorist conversion coverage to uninsured at no cost if the insurance company fails to offer, or disclosed of the availability of, such coverage or fails to procure a signed informed consent form from an insured who declines such coverage. The testimony was given at the legislative office building in Hartford.

Attorney Hastings indicated that CT currently requires that any motor vehicle liability insurance policy must include uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist coverage. The purpose behind this mandatory coverage is to protect those who purchased insurance coverage in the event they are injured by negligent driver who either has no insurance coverage whatsoever or does not have sufficient limits of liability to properly compensate the injured party. Attorney Hastings advised the committee that a recent insurance Institute study indicated that 9.5% of all drivers on Connecticut roadways do not have any insurance coverage at all and to make uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage optional rather than mandatory would be incredibly bad idea as it could have a very negative effect upon an injured party’s ability to obtain timely medical care and treatment and provide for the repayment of any liens that result from this care and treatment.

Attorney Hastings also testified in favor of the amendment which would require that insurance companies provide underinsured motorist conversion coverage to an insured pursuant to Connecticut Gen. statute 38a – 336a which requires an insurance company to obtain a written consent form signed by the insured if that party does not wish to have underinsured motorist conversion coverage. Currently there is no penalty in the statute for an insurance company’s noncompliance with this requirement.

Mr. Hastings has recently completed a book on Connecticut insurance law. Additionally, Attorney Hastings has written 14 other books, he was a syndicated legal columnist, has helped to produce over 150 educational
videos on accident and injury law in Connecticut and is a contributor to the Connecticut Law Tribune. He is a New England Super Lawyer, is AV rated by Martindale, and has been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in
Connecticut by the National Trial Lawyers. He can be reached at 888-842-8466 or by visiting the firm’s website at www.HCWLAW.com

Avoiding Winter Driving Accidents in Connecticut on Snow and Ice

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

 

Avoiding Winter Driving Accidents in Connecticut on Snow and Ice

A recent statistic indicated that in early February of this year we have already had 150% of the snowfall in an average winter season in Connecticut. It seems like we are getting a winter storm every week to 10 days with no relief in sight. It is difficult enough driving when snow is falling but with the accumulations that we have received new fallen snow lands on snow and ice which is already present making things especially slippery. It is therefore helpful to review some winter driving tips and techniques so as to avoid serious injury and accidents while driving on our Connecticut roadways.

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that the conditions on the roadways can change in an instant. You could encounter black ice, which by its very nature is almost invisible until you are right upon it, or you could drive over a portion of the roadway where there is accumulations of snow and ice making driving that much more treacherous. So one of the first important tips is to be on guard while driving and to reduce the number of distractions, including the radio, when driving in these dangerous situations. Because the roadways can become very slippery without you even knowing it, it is very important that you leave a significant amount of space between your vehicle and the vehicle driving in front of you. This will certainly cut down the chances of you being involved in an accident as you will have additional time to stop.

In addition to allowing more space between you and the car in front of you, it is also important that you slow down the rate of speed at which you were traveling and try and operate your vehicle at a constant and safe speed. If you drive at a constant, slower speed, then you will reduce the risk of your tires spinning out of control and making your driving experience that much more dangerous. If the driving is slippery you should use lower gears when operating your motor vehicle especially on hills. It is also important that you not use cruise control because it can create additional problems for you while operating your motor vehicle in slippery or dangerous driving situations.

If you have an older motor vehicle that does not have anti-lock brakes than is important that you not slam on the brakes because you will not be able to steer your motor vehicle. You need to pump your brakes so as to allow the steering wheel to be able to turn during conditions where the roads are especially slippery. You should also drive with your low beams on and not use your high beams as they will reflect off the snow and ice and make your driving visibility less clear. It is also a good idea to listen to the conditions around you so that you can hear approaching traffic, you can tell if you are traveling on snow and ice, and to hear any warnings that might be present.

This is the time of the year that we are contacted by a number of individuals who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident because of slippery road conditions. Some of these people have been hit from behind, while others have been hit from the side because of the other party making a left-hand turn when there is not enough time or room to do so and yet other people have had the other driver cross over the double yellow line and hit them head on in their lane of traffic. In addition to utilizing good driving tips and techniques is also important that you be a defensive driver to watch out from the other people that are on the roadways.

If you have been injured in a winter driving accident that has been caused by the fault of another, please visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our CT accident and injury book. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyers  and accident attorneys. Above all, be safe!

Connecticut Dog Bite Injury Lawyer Provides Free Books and Advice to Dog Bite Victims

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Almost 5,000,000 people, each year, are bitten by dogs in this country. It has been estimated that dog bite injury cases account for over one third of all home insurance liability claims made in any given year. Because insurance companies have had to pay out significant amounts of money in dog bite injury claims, some insurance companies have banned covering particularly aggressive dog breeds from coverage. If you have been bitten by a dog in Connecticut, then you need the assistance of an experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyer at the earliest possible moment to explain your rights to you so you can better understand what you should be doing and what you should not be doing.

One particular class of individuals that suffers a number of dog bite injuries is mailmen, mail carriers or postal workers. Because these hard-working individuals have to deliver mail to individual residences, sometimes an individual’s dog will either get out of their house, break free from their leash, or will be roaming freely and will then bite anyone on their property. You should understand that Connecticut has a dog bite statute that imposes strict liability on the part of the owner or keeper of the dog, unless the person bitten was either trespassing, tormenting or teasing the dog. In other words, you do not have to show that the dog has bitten somebody before or that the owner of the dog was not exercising reasonable care in watching their dog.

Dog bite injury claims are unique for a number of reasons not the least of which is the fact that there is an increased risk for developing an infection and in many cases there are issues involving scarring and cosmetic surgery opinions. Many times people think that they should speak with the insurance adjuster of the owner of the dog so that they can get their case moving along so that their medical bills can be paid, so that they can get their lost income, and so that they are able to be compensated for their injuries and damages as soon as possible. Many people think that they can handle these cases on their own because if they do not have to hire a lawyer then they will end up more with more money in their pocket because they will not have to pay legal fees. However, insurance industry studies have shown that injured parties, represented by attorneys, on average, will end up with more money in their pocket after paying their lawyer than they do if they represent themselves.

It is important that you level the playing field when dealing with professionals who are looking to pay you the least amount of money possible who represent the insurance companies. At the very least, you need to have your rights explained to you by the experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyer before you do anything that could ultimately harm your case. Our Connecticut dog attack attorneys are happy to speak with you or meet with you in person to explain your rights to you so that you can understand what you need to do and what you should not be doing. You can get this valuable free information in a number of different ways.

The first thing you can do is to visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our Connecticut dog bite injury book. You can call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers on the phone and get your questions answered right away. You can also schedule a free, in office consultation with one of our experienced Connecticut dog attack attorneys to have your case reviewed with you and get your questions answered in a face-to-face meeting. You can also fill out our brief online form and one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers will be happy to contact you and advise you as to what you should be doing. Do not make the mistake of speaking directly with the insurance adjuster and potentially harming your case. Get this valuable free information today from one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers.

Connecticut Dog Bite Injury Cases-What Should I Do First?

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Unfortunately, we are contacted on a regular basis by people who have been bitten by a dog in Connecticut. One of the questions that they need answered immediately is what should they be doing first. It is important to understand that there are a number of things that you should be doing and there are also a number of things you should not be doing after you’ve been involved in a dog bite incident. Because of our experience in dealing with Connecticut dog bite injury victims, we have written the book on dog bite injury law in the state of Connecticut and are happy to answer questions that dog bite injury victims have.

If you have been bitten by a dog in Connecticut, it is important that you contact the police or dog warden and get the proper medical attention and care. The dog warden will conduct an investigation of your case, will determine whether the dog has had its shots, and depending upon the circumstances of the case, will make sure that the dog is quarantined after the bite and will find out all of the needed information and prepare of a report. Many times people who have been bitten by a dog will not obtain medical attention immediately after the attack. If your skin has been broken by the dog’s teeth or you have been scratched then it is very important that you get to the hospital emergency room as soon as possible.

One of the very real risks that you have is getting an infection by virtue of the dogs teeth, and saliva, getting underneath the surface of your skin. We have represented dog bite injury victims where there have been serious infections that have resulted from the dog bite itself. The dog warden will also determine whether or not the biting dog has had its rabies shots because if that information cannot be confirmed then your doctor will suggest that you have the shots to reduce the risk of your getting rabies.

Connecticut has a strict liability dog bite statute, that holds the owner or keeper of the dog strictly liable for your injuries and damages, with few limited exceptions, which means that you do not have to show that the dog has bitten somebody before or that the owner or keeper of the dog was negligent in how you were bitten. Many times, the owner or keeper of the dog will have home owners or tenants insurance that will cover your injuries and damages that have resulted from the biting dog. There are a number of issues that need to be investigated and developed which, depending upon the circumstances, could include involving a plastic surgeon.

Our Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers have decades of experience in representing dog bite injury victims in Connecticut. You can visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our Connecticut dog bite injury book. This valuable free resource will advise you as to what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. It will also tell you how you can get better medical care, how you can get quicker, and how you can help your Connecticut dog bite injury lawyer get you more money for your case. There are a number of things that need to be done very early on in your case so it is very important that you contact an experienced Connecticut dog bite attack attorney at the earliest possible moment please call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite attack attorneys immediately. Do not delay and wait until you have made a mistake in attempting to handle your own case. Make sure you do this before you speak with the insurance adjuster of the owner of the dog!

How Parents Can Reduce Connecticut Teen Driving Accidents

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

How Parents Can Reduce Connecticut Teen Driving Accidents

Our teenagers experience a lot of growing pains and are very susceptible to the influences of others. It is very important, as parents of these teens, that we act as role models especially as it relates to teen driving safety. A recent survey indicated that 96% of teens have a conversation with their parents about safe driving while only 84% of teens have conversations with their parents about alcohol and drug use, 78% have a conversation with their parents about safe sex and 67% of teens discuss bullying issues with their parents. Obviously the vast majority of teens are receptive to having a conversation with their parents about safe driving issues so it is important that parents take advantage of this welcome the opportunity to have these much needed talks.

 

It is very important that parents and teens agree on the dangers of driving and that the consequences involved with not following the rules of the road which should be stressed to and understood by the teen driver. In addition to having conversations with their teens about safe driving behavior, another critical piece of this puzzle is the fact that parents need to be good driving role models for their teen drivers. Sadly, teens have reported that parents who were not good driving role models are more than twice as likely to be involved in an accident as our teens whose parents are good driving role models.

 

Consider the following: almost 25% of teens who reported that their parents are not good driving role models have been involved in at least one accident as a driver, compared to only 10% of teens who reported that their parents are good role models as drivers; and 15% of teens who reported that their parents are not good role models in their driving have been issued at least one ticket, for a moving violation, compared to approximately 1/3 of that number of teens who reported that their parents are good role models as drivers.

 

One survey found some astonishing results as it related to how parents and teens view certain teen driving related risks which would include the following: almost 2/3 of teens who were surveyed were concerned about drunk driving compared to only 14% of parents; more than 55% of teens are concerned about distracted teen driving as it relates to cell phones versus only 35% of parents; more than half of the teens were concerned about drowsy driving compared to only 31% of parents. It should be noted that younger teens are more receptive to having safe driving conversations with their parents then are older teens.

 

As parents, we have an opportunity to make a real difference in how our children safely operate a motor vehicle. It is not enough to just have a conversation with our team about the importance of following the rules of the road, the great risks that come with violating these rules and the unimaginable tragic consequences which could flow from these violations. We must also be great role models for our children. Do we stop at stop signs and follow the rules the road? Do we engage in distracted teen driving including using our handheld cell phone? Do we drink at dinner or attend parties where alcohol is served to us and then operate a motor vehicle when perhaps it is not prudent to do so? Are there other things that we are doing while operating a motor vehicle that could be improved upon so that we can become better role models for our children?

 

This is too important of a consideration to not take the time and effort that it deserves. The last thing we want to experience as a parent is finding out that her child has been injured in a car accident or worse! One of the things that you can do to start this conversation is to visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our parent teen driving agreement. This downloadable document will allow you to have an extended conversation with your team about what is acceptable and what is not acceptable behavior in how they operate your motor vehicle and the consequences that they will experience as a result of not following these rules. It also provides you with a number of safety tips that could help your child get out of a potentially dangerous situation without experiencing adverse consequences from you. Please take care of this very important issue right away by reviewing this agreement with your teen, by constantly monitoring your teens driving and by acting as a great role model so your child becomes a better driver.

Suffered a whiplash type injury as a result of a Connecticut car accident. What does that mean?

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Suffered a whiplash type injury as a result of a Connecticut car accident. What does that mean?

 

If you’ve been involved in some type of accident the state of Connecticut involving a car, truck, bus or other motor vehicle then chances are that you will have suffered some type of whiplash type injury. A whiplash type injury is also referred to as a soft tissue injury these injuries cannot be seen on any type of x-ray, CAT scan or MRI as they do not involve a bone but rather involved the muscles, ligaments and tissue. Depending upon a number of circumstances, which would include but not be limited to the following: the speed of the vehicles involved in the car crash; the force of the impact; the way you were seated in the vehicle at the time of the impact; what parts of your body struck what objects with inside the vehicle; whether you were seat belted; whether the airbag deployed; whether you had pre-existing injuries or conditions which might have exacerbated your whiplash injury; or a variety of other issues, then you might need little to no treatment, to months of physical therapy, to some type of surgical intervention or some other type of medical care and treatment. Some whiplash symptoms may take weeks to months to show up and might become worse when scar tissue is beginning to form. Typically a Connecticut car accident victim will suffer some or all of the following types of injuries: neck pain; shoulder pain; headaches; mid back pain; low back pain; numbness; tingling; pain radiating into other body parts; and any number of other types of injuries related to your car crash. One of the most important things that you can do, to get better care and treatment and to recover as quickly as possible is to make sure that you properly detail all of the pain complaints, restrictions, limitations and other challenges that you are experiencing as a result of your Connecticut car accident. It is not enough to say to your doctor that your neck hurts. You must be very specific in describing your pain. For example, is your pain burning, stabbing, dull, or does it radiate into other body parts? How severe is the pain? How frequently does it occur? Are there any activities that you engage in that make the pain worse? How does your pain limit you in your day-to-day activities? Does your pain affect your ability to work? What activities tend to provide you with some type of relief? What type of over-the-counter medication are you taking? How does this affect your sleep? And any and all other information that the doctor would want to note provide you with the best care and treatment possible. Our Connecticut car accident lawyers and injury attorneys have been representing injury victims for decades. We have written the book on Connecticut personal injury law which you can obtain for free by visiting our website at www.HCWLAW.com where you can download a free copy of our book. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our Connecticut car accident lawyers and injury attorneys and get your questions answered over the telephone. You can also schedule an in office consultation where we will be happy to review the facts of your case with you in detail and specifically advise you as to what you should be doing. The call is free. The book is free. Our advice is free. If we decide to take your case, then you will owe us know legal fees unless and until we collect money damages for you. We will even advance the cost to properly develop your case and those costs are only repaid to us when we collect money damages for you. We take the financial risk in representing you so you can concentrate on what’s most important which is getting better as quickly as possible. Contact us today to see how we can help you. Put our decades of experience to work for you right away.

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Connecticut Injury Lawyer Gives Tips on Driving on Icy Roads

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Connecticut residents will soon be inundated with cold and snowy weather resulting in poor driving conditions, many times, as a result of snow and ice. In an effort to reduce the number of accidents that occur on CT roadways, is best to follow some simple advice while operating a motor vehicle on roads that contain slippery surfaces. Certainly, the best advice for driving in bad weather is to stay off the roads, if at all possible. If the roads are especially slippery, it is very important that you have a vehicle that has four-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive as most rear wheel drive or front-wheel-drive cars have a great deal of difficulty in getting up even slight inclines which create all kinds of potentially problematic situations which can result in accidents and injuries to others.

 

If it is imperative that you drive your car on icy roadways, then you should make sure your car is properly prepared and that you understand how to operate a vehicle on slippery roadways. It is very helpful to practice winter driving techniques in open parking lots so that you can familiarize yourself with how a car operates in conditions such as these without having to worry about hitting other vehicles. This technique is especially important for newer drivers who have never operated a motor vehicle on snowy or icy roadways and will be completely unfamiliar with how to handle these new and potentially dangerous driving situations. There are a number of other tips and suggestions which should be utilized when driving in slippery conditions.

 

First and foremost, you should leave yourself plenty of additional time so that you are not rushed or operate your vehicle at a speed whereby you cannot control the car. You should also leave plenty of room between your vehicle and vehicles around you so that you have enough room to stop or avoid hitting or coming into contact with other vehicles. You should break gently to avoid skidding and when you feel your wheels start to lock up, if you do not have antilock brakes, it is best to ease off the brakes. Make sure your lights are on to increase your visibility to other motorists and use low gears to keep traction, especially while operating on hills. You should not use cruise control while driving on icy roadways and be especially careful when driving over bridges, overpasses, infrequently traveled roads and roads that are in the shade for a good part of the day because they will be more slippery than other sections of roadway. You should also make sure that all of the snow and ice is cleared from your vehicle before operating it so that you do not create a hazard for other drivers on the roadway and so that you can properly see outside of your vehicle.

 

It is important to utilize common sense when operating a car or other motor vehicle on slippery roadways. You should completely eliminate distractions while operating a vehicle in potentially hazardous conditions which would include turning off the radio, not using your cell phone, not texting other individuals, and not having any family pets in the car who might otherwise distract you or become a deadly missile if you are hit by another vehicle. If you utilize these important safety tips and rules, then you can potentially decrease your exposure to being involved in a serious accident. If you have been involved in an accident, caused by the fault of another, while operating your vehicle on a Connecticut roadway, then please visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com so you can download one of our free books, read our articles or view our videos on a variety of accident and injury related subjects.

 

You can also get answers to your questions by calling our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speaking with one of our CT accident lawyers and injury attorneys. We will even be happy to meet with you to discuss the facts of your CT accident case where we will advise you as to what you should and should not be doing. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis which means we do not get paid unless and until we collect money damages for you. Additionally, we will advance the costs to develop your case and those costs are only repaid to us when we collect money damages for you. If there is no recovery then you will always know legal fees and no costs. We want you to concentrate on what is most important which is getting better. Please contact us today to find out how we can assist you.