3 Tips for Buying Your College Student a Car

buying college student a new vehicleIf your son or daughter is headed to college this fall, chances are you’re already familiar with the expenses that come with affording your child with a higher education (how could you miss them?).

While you might be thinking about thick text books, room and board or the cell phone bill when working on the budget, it’s possible to have overlooked a rather important school supply: a car.

Whether your student needs their own set of wheels to get to that off-campus job or make it back home for weekends and holidays, this guide will assist you in choosing the best car for your college student.

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4 Safe Trails for Bicyclists This Summer

Summer is officially here, and warmer weather calls for more outside activities. More and more Connecticut residents can be found on their bikes getting some exercise in and enjoying the weekends. There’s no better time to talk about four of Connecticut’s safest bike trails to enjoy with your family and loved ones.

Are you doing your part to share the road?

Proper bike safety can help save a life and it should always be observed, by both drivers and bicyclists to avoid bicycle accidents.bike trail safety in connecticut

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that in 2015, 818 bicyclists died in motor vehicle-related crashes.

Whether you are a pedestrian, cyclist or driver, the attorneys at The Flood Law Firm care about your safety. Continue reading

Is Your Car Color Likely To Cause An Accident?

What’s in a color? Most people have a favorite, but should your favorite color necessarily be the shade of car you drive? Or, does the color of your car put you at a higher risk for an accident?

Car Color And Accident Rates

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) showed that yellow taxi cabs have lesser collisions than those that are darker.car color related to accidents

Why?

“Yellow taxis are safer to travel in because yellow is more visible than blue,” said Teck-Hua Ho, a professor at the National University of Singapore, and lead author of the study. Continue reading

Drunk Driving: Where Does Connecticut Rank?

Getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol is never acceptable. Though it’s universally known that drunk driving is illegal and extremely dangerous, a problem still exists.

against drunk drivingFor instance, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), recently reported that every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving collision

A recent study conducted by BackgroundChecks.org ranked all 50 states with the worst DUI (Driving Under the Influence) problems. Though the State of Connecticut didn’t land on the top half of the list, there were still 8,148 DUI arrests made in 2014, indicating a need for increased awareness on the dangers of drunk driving. Continue reading

4 Safety Tips for Pedestrians

distracted pedestrians using mobile phones while crossing streetAccidents involving pedestrians are on the rise in Connecticut – and across the country.

Being struck while crossing the street and even while standing on sidewalks, cell phones have partly been blamed for pedestrians being distracted, as a varieity of distractions plague both pedestrians and drivers.

 

Pedestrian Accidents in Connecticut

More than 1,400 pedestrian-related accidents occurred in 2016, according to the Connecticut Crash Data Repository (CTCDR). Of those, 50 were fatal.

 

Connecticut’s Deadliest Road For Pedestrian Accidents

In fact, for the past eight years, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign has named Route 1 the most dangerous road in Connecticut. Continue reading

Portland High School: Project Graduation

portland high schools project graduation class of 2017

It’s finally here.

After 18 years of homework, school pictures and yearbooks, high school graduation is no small occasion for any teen. There is anticipation enough with saying goodbye to your favorite teachers, prom, and accepting that you are now “officially” an adult. For such a treasured and memorable time, nothing ruins the fun faster than wondering if your classmates will be sober this graduation. Continue reading

How Safe Are Patients in Connecticut Nursing Homes?

connecticut nursing home abuse attorneys protecting our elder loved onesNo one can defy the inevitable aging process. As parents, grandparents and other loved ones mature in age, it can become increasingly difficult to provide the care they need. Many families turn to nursing homes to entrust their loved ones, too. But before pursuing that option, have you thought to ask, “How safe is my family member in a Connecticut nursing home?” 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 automobile crashes are preventable.

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 driver. Continue reading

Are Mobile Apps Distracting Drivers?

Many things can distract drivers.

Taking in a colorful sunset, passing the wreckage of a collision or even a crowd on the street corner can make “rubbernecks” of most of us.

But what about distractions that come from inside your car? No doubt, distracted driving can look like a lot of things. Still, now more than ever, collisions linked to unfocused driving have one common factor: smartphones.

distracted driver on cellphoneRoughly 330,000 injures each year are linked to car accidents caused by texting while driving, says the National Safety Council. With mobile apps like Facebook Live, Snapchat, Instagram and FaceTime making it easier than ever to be social, smartphone apps like these aren’t going anywhere.

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Is My Injury Settlement Taxable?

According to the US Department of Treasury, the IRS received more than 137.3 million tax returns in 2015. Was yours one of them?

Taxable Accident Injury SettlementKnowing what to claim when you file your taxes each year can sometimes be confusing. If you were awarded a personal injury settlement in 2016, you may be wondering if you are legally obligated to claim it. This page details what you need to know about your personal injury lawsuit settlement when filing your taxes.

Asking an accountant or tax professional when you have questions about your individual situation is always best, and can save you a great deal of time and inconvenience. The attorneys at The Flood Law Firm have decades of combined legal experience working with victims of personal injury accidents.

If you have recently been involved in a collision and have questions about your rights, we want to hear from you. You can get a free, zero obligation and 100% confidential consultation today by calling us at 860-346-2695. You have nothing to lose, and we can help answer all your questions.

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