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4 Safety Tips to Prevent Potential Injury & Disaster

You’ve got plans this summer, no doubt. The last thing you and your loved ones need is an injury or accident to cut in on those long-awaited plans for fun. No matter the time of year, proper safety and prevention is always in season.

The Flood Law Firm wants to help ensure your summer starts off right by challenging your family with the NSC’s 4 areas of preventable safety measures.

Did you know?: The National Safety Council (NSC) reported a shocking 161,374 avoidable deaths and 44.5 million preventable injuries in 2016?

It’s time to improve these statistics! With June being National Safety Month, it’s the perfect time to think of how you and your family can take simple steps to help prevent potential disaster. Continue reading

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The Risk & Liability of Trampolines

With their appeal to both kids and grown-ups, trampoline parks are popular without a doubt. They are fun, go-to venues where people of all ages can enjoy themselves. In spite of their attraction, what many don’t know about these attractions are the countless injuries children suffer every year at these facilities.

Children at Higher Risk for Injury

Related injuries are now higher than ever. A 2016 study published in Pediatrics revealed that trampoline-park related hospitalizations grew from 600 in 2010 to nearly 7,000 in 2014. Continue reading

Project Graduation & TFLF Raise Funds for Portland High Sober Grad Party

After an entire childhood’s worth of homework, skinning knees at recess and pizza Fridays, teens are finally ready to say goodbye to their alma mater and welcome a new chapter in their lives. High school seniors are getting ready to don their caps and gowns for a long-anticipated milestone: Graduation day.

Graduating high school is no small feat and deserves to be celebrated. But graduation parties filled with underage drinking and risky behavior are no way to start off adulthood. With your support, we can help give teens a celebration they will actually remember.

The Project Graduation Committee is a parent group seeking to raise funds for a sober graduation party for Portland High School’s class of 2018.

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Teenage Drinking: How Big is the Problem?

Alcohol use among teens is a national epidemic. In fact, alcohol is the most commonly abused drug among youth in the United States. Continue reading

The Flood Law Firm Recovers $890,000 for Injured Delivery Man

Brookfield Square. Photo: Connecticut Law Tribune

The Flood Law Firm recently secured an $890,000 settlement for a 42-year-old delivery man who severely injured his neck after he slipped on a sheet of ice.

The incident happened in February 2015 when German Perez was delivering furniture to Bassett Furniture at a strip mall in Brookfield, Connecticut.

Attorney and managing firm partner Brian Flood represented Perez. He said the area where Perez fell had a dangerous three-day accumulation of ice that should have been cornered off.

“There was ice on the roof of the building and there were ice dams forming,” said Flood. “The ice dams were also forming on the ground and were not going down the drain.” Continue reading

Distracted Driving Awareness: Be the Driver You Want Your Teen to Be

April is distracted driving monthFor many of us, it’s easy to dismiss the seriousness of sending a text while driving or fiddling with the radio more than watching the road. But this is distracted driving and it takes on many forms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than eight people are killed each day in the United States due to distracted driving. The most alarming truth about this statistic is the fact that these types of car accidents are increasing. According to the most recent study the number traffic crashes due to distracted driving in Connecticut continue to rise.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

While safe driving techniques are important all year long, there is no better time than now to make smart choices behind the wheel and set good examples for your teen driverContinue reading

Study: Driving with the Flu Same as Driving Drunk

Flu Season in 2018

driving sick with fluIt’s no news that the U.S. is currently dealing with one of the worst flu seasons in years. Connecticut’s Health Department is calling this year’s flu epidemic “alarming,” with the Department of Public Health now reporting Connecticut’s flu death toll at 105 for the 2018 season alone.

Far more than simply alarming, the flu season has proven to be deadly for New England residents.

While the vast majority of deaths have occurred among patients over 65, the flu poses surprising dangers for all ages when people decide to drive while suffering from a serious cold. Continue reading

The Risk of Dangerously Quiet Electric Cars

Driving an electric or hybrid car is an honorable action undertaken by millions of commuters each day. It reduces noise and stress, and most importantly, helps preserve the environment.

When it comes to safety, however, taking to the road in one of these quiet runners comes with a heightened risk; not necessarily for the drivers, but for those in close proximity of the cars.

Can a Car Be Too Quiet?

silent risk of electric vehiclesAn electric car has a noiseless battery that charges the vehicle, while a hybrid uses both electricity and a back-up gas engine. Both vehicles are exceptionally quiet, inside and out, and exert a faint hum if one really listens. This makes it very difficult for nearby pedestrians and cyclists to hear the approaching vehicle. Continue reading

What To Do When Deer Are On The Road

Wintertime means deer season in Connecticut, and for drivers, this means a new hazard could be lurking around the corner. If you aren’t prepared to handle the wild fauna that refuse to obey the rules of the road, you could wind up in a dangerous situation. While many instinctively panic and swerve away from animals like deer in the road, a recent news report advised against this. There is a safer way for Connecticut drivers to handle deer on the road.

what to do when an animal crosses the roadWhen Animals Cross the Road

December marks the end of mating season for deer. Not even the blinding headlights and whirring sounds of a busy road will stop these animals from fulfilling nature’s intentions. Deer season also coincides with Daylight Savings Time, when days become darker much earlier and road visibility is reduced to a minimum. These factors combined can make for dangerous road conditions, but proper preparation could help you avoid a devastating vehicle collision. Continue reading

How to Get Your Accident Report

Getting Your Police Report in Connecticut

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Getting into a car accident is stressful enough, but not knowing what to do after it happens can make the situation seem overwhelming. What you do directly following an accident significantly impacts your ability to seek compensation for damages.

If you’re a Connecticut driver and you’ve recently been involved in a collision, an accident report is counted as factual evidence to support your account of the wreck in a court of law. It is easy to do and critical for your legal protection. The following page offers a quick guide for how to get an accident report in the state of Connecticut.

Steps To Requesting Your Accident Report

When a collision happens, there are negligent drivers who may go to extreme lengths to avoid paying for the harm they’ve caused. Without valid evidence to prove otherwise, it’s possible for the other party to make false claims about what happened. Continue reading

Connecticut’s Most Dangerous Roads

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There’s no doubt that Connecticut offers some of the most scenic country roads, thriving metropolitan areas, and historic markers in the nation. But along with the state’s vibrant attractions comes an aging infrastructure, increased traffic, and distracted drivers. All of these elements are substantial contributors to the small state’s high rate of traffic and pedestrian accidents.

In fact, several organizations have reportedly ranked Connecticut’s roads – both in and out of the city – as being some of the worst in the nation. Sadly, the Connecticut Crash Data Repository run by the University of Connecticut reported that 311 people lost their lives on Connecticut highways in 2016. This is the highest number in four years.

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