Chronic Neck Pain Following an Injury

Are You Still Suffering From Whiplash Neck Pain?

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It’s quite common to experience some type of neck pain and stiffness following a car accident. Just the sheer force of impact can cause the entire body to tighten, let alone cause neck injuries that may not become evident for days, weeks, even months after the accident. Whiplash is the most common neck injury, but muscle tears, spinal fractures, and nerve damage can also occur, hide and gradually arise.

When symptoms appear after the fact, it’s not unusual to assume that the neck injury is minor and will heal with time; however, most often, symptoms linger, get worse, or appear in other parts of the body such as the back, head, shoulders, and limbs. Continue reading

Protecting Your Teen Driver

Keeping Your New Driver Safe on the Road

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If you’re ready to turn the car keys over to an eager teen, it’s quite possible your mind is teeming with questions and concerns about safety and how to protect your teen f: Will my teen be a safe driver? How can I protect my teen against reckless drivers? How can I prevent them from using their phone while driving? What’s the safest car my teenager can drive? Rest assured, there are a number of ways you can help prepare, protect and guide your son or daughter so they never have a car accident as a teen driver.

What’s a Parent to Do?

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Seeing a Doctor After Your Accident Even if You Feel Fine

What do you do following a car accident?

While the immediate steps may come to mind – pulling off to the side of the road, filing a police report and exchanging insurance information with the other parties – what about your injuries? It can be easy to disregard them in the confusion and shock, but your health plays a critical role in a car accident claim if you choose to file one. Continue reading

Uber Stripped of Operating License in London Amid Safety Concerns

Sexual Assault, Battery and Rape Allegations Continue to Plague Tech Platform

london strips uber of operations licenseTravel options can make daily or occasional commuting easier, cheaper, and in many cases, safer. But what happens when a widely used commuting choice is deemed unsafe? That’s the most recent dilemma ride-hailing company Uber, its customers and drivers, are facing in one of the world’s largest cities: London.

Background on Uber’s Public Safety Strife

Transport for London (TFL) has decided on the “grounds of public safety and security” that the popular ride service is not fit to hold a license in London. As a result, the regulator refused to renew Uber’s license to operate due to “corporate irresponsibility.” Continue reading

Connecticut Police Join Efforts to Stop Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving is No Accident

In 2016, a New York City nonprofit, Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets, created a hashtag campaign “Crash, Not Accident” or #crashnotaccident. The word “accident” has been used reflexively and it’s no coincidence. Dating back to the industrial revolution, manufacturing juggernauts encouraged the word “accident” to be used by newspaper journalists when reporting a death in a factory which more than likely was caused by disrepair, fatigued employees, and other unsafe conditions.

The word “accident” caught on and was then used in the boom of the 1920s in order to prevent the fear of riding in cars, and thus the word “car accident” became popular.

A Car Accident Is Not An Accident – It Is Negligence

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Is Marijuana a Threat to Road Safety?

drug use linked to auto accidentsCould the legalization of marijuana be responsible for more car accidents on roads and freeways?

While recreational use of pot is still illegal throughout Connecticut, a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety evaluated crash rates in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon – all states where it’s legal to purchase and use marijuana for enjoyment. Factors considered in the study included age, gender, number of drivers on the road, weather, and employment.

Collision Risks Linked To Pot Legalization

The study found that collision claims in these states went up 2.7 percent in the years since legal recreational marijuana sales began. Senior Vice President of the Highway Loss Data Institute commented on the data, saying “We believe that…those crash risks are associated with the legalization of marijuana.” Continue reading

Opioid Epidemic Linked To Increase In Fatal Accidents

America’s Opioid Epidemic

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You’ve likely read and heard many statistics about texting and driving – an epidemic that is unnecessarily claiming thousands of lives each year.

And now, there is another increasing threat to our roads, school zones and crosswalks: opioids.

Opioids are prescription painkillers that are odorless, widely prescribed, legal and much easier to conceal than other drugs. This makes spotting a driver who may be an abuser that much more difficult.

But should we be worried about drivers who take opioids? Continue reading

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