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Tips for safer homecoming outcomes

If you are the parent of a Wallingford teen, chances are good that you are already aware of the major social event that is looming on your child's high school horizon — homecoming.

This time-honored autumn tradition is writ large for students in both high school and college. Traditions deserve to be honored, but never at the price of the students' safety. As it turns out, homecoming season can be a dangerous time for teenagers.

What kind of injuries can you get after a fall?

When you slip and fall in your Connecticut home, you may consider the incident to be inconsequential. However, slip-and-fall accidents can lead to serious injuries, and it is important to understand the kind of wounds you might incur.

Slips can result in injuries to your knees. The Brain Injury Society says that this is because sometimes you may turn suddenly in your attempt to stop your fall. This can cause your knee to be dislocated or have ligament and cartilage wounds. You may also break a bone when you fall. If you fall on one side of your body, you might break your hip, an injury which can have serious ramifications if you are over the age of 65. Additionally, you can sometimes break your arm or your wrist if you clutch something as you fall.

When parents claim ignorance of alcohol use by minors at home

In Connecticut, the criminal statute prohibiting the possession of alcohol by a minor was expanded in 2012 to include recklessness or negligence in allowing such possession. According to the Connecticut General Assembly, if a person owns or otherwise possesses or controls private property, the criminal law is violated if they knowingly allow a minor to possess an alcoholic beverage on the premises or if they recklessly permit a minor to do so. A minor under the statute is any person under the age of twenty-one.

For Connecticut parents, this means that they cannot simply withdraw to another room and claim ignorance while minors gather at their home and use alcohol. If there are minors in their home, parents must do more than simply go into another room or leave the house.

Helmet laws in the spotlight

Drivers on the Connecticut roadways have to be aware of a variety of concerns and paying special attention to nearby motorcyclists is one of them. According to the Hartford Courant, the federal government ended a requirement that motorcyclists wear helmets in 1976, and Connecticut does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets.

Yet the debate over whether or not a law mandating helmets continues to rage on. Those against helmet requirements say choosing whether or not to wear a helmet is a rider's personal choice. Yet those in support have often lost friends or family members in a motorcycle accident, and say they want to protect others from the same grief. There are 19 states that do mandate helmets for all motorcyclists on the road, and that is because riders wearing helmets are 37 percent less likely to have a crash turn deadly than motorcyclists who aren't wearing a helmet. As lawmakers in Connecticut once again debate the issue,

How can people drive safely during the school year?

When the school year starts, you may encounter more pedestrians and bikers, as well as school buses. It is important for you to be aware of this extra traffic so you can drive safely on Connecticut's roads.

When you drive in the morning and afternoon, you typically need to look out for school buses. The National Safety Council says that you should usually have a large following distance when you drive behind a bus. This is because children experience the most danger when they are within 10 feet of a school bus. Children do not always pay attention to possible dangers and may move in ways you are not expecting. Giving school buses a little extra room can ensure that both you and the children are safe on the road. Additionally, passing a stopped school bus is illegal in Connecticut.

Friend or foe? How to spot an aggressive dog

Outdoor recreation in Wallingford comes with its own set of hazards. For example, is the area where you are running or walking safe from criminal activity? Are the roads or paths well-maintained? Do you have to cross any major thoroughfares where there is heavy traffic?

Another, often overlooked danger, is the threat from an animal, especially a dog. In general, we tend to consider dogs fairly low on the totem pole of threats. Unfortunately, there are many instances where it turns out the Fido is not actually man's best friend, and an well-meaning person suffers a dog bite injury.

Will you get busted if minors drink at your party?

Connecticut residents like you may be ready to party your hearts out this summer, enjoying the last days before everyone has to go back to school or work. Unfortunately, having a good reason to celebrate doesn't negate the fact that it's still illegal for anyone under 21 to drink. So what if a minor is drinking at your party?

You can, in fact, face penalties if a minor is caught drinking on your property during a house party. The County News Center highlights five penalties you could face for hosting a party that gives alcohol access to minors. If you are the social host, you are liable. In this scenario, a social host is defined as anyone who either should have known, or did know, that minors were consuming alcohol on their property.

How common are fixed object collisions?

You may think that fixed object collisions only occur in the winter after a driver hits a patch of ice. However, these incidents can occur year-round on Connecticut's roads and highways. Statistics from 2015 explain some of the factors involved in these accidents. 

Fixed object collisions can be deadly at any time of the year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Data Loss Institute, 7,627 people died after crashing their car into a fixed object. These fatalities made up 22 percent of the deaths in fatal car accidents. Men below the age of 30 accounted for most of these fatalities; the women involved in these deadly accidents in 2015 were mostly betweeen the ages of 20 and 24 or older than 70.

The symptoms of rabies

Animal attacks can happen in any location and at any time, but some may be more dangerous than others. If you have been bitten by a dog or other creature in Connecticut, you may be worried about whether or not you should be concerned about rabies. We at Loughlin Fitzgerald have created a list of the most common symptoms to watch out for if you or someone you know has suffered a dog bite.


Motorcycles can be fun but also pose danger to their drivers

Summertime in Connecticut sees a large increase in the number of motorcycles on the road, which makes sense. The sun is out, the roads are dry and clear. Summer presents ideal conditions for using a motorcycle to commute to work or just taking it out for a pleasure cruise. Most motorcycle drivers in the state are well-trained and aware of the law. They know how to share the roads safely with larger vehicles.

Sadly, those larger vehicles don't always have drivers who understand that they must also share the road with motorcycles and bicycles. That can lead to serious accidents and crashes. Connecticut has one of the worst rates of vehicular accidents in the country, and that should concern motorcycle drivers.