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March 2015 Archives

Are teen drivers more likely to be careless behind the wheel?

Operating a motor vehicle is a privilege that carries major responsibilities for drivers in New Haven, and throughout Connecticut. Taking your focus off of the road and the task of driving, even briefly, can result in a collision. According to the U.S. government’s website for distracted driving, there were approximately 421,000 people injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers in 2012. In general, all drivers are prone to distractions while on the road. However, a recent study has shown that teenage motorists may be more likely to be careless drivers.

Understanding Connecticut’s social host law

Particularly heading into the end of the school year, it is common for teens in New Haven to host and attend social gatherings. Although the legal drinking age throughout Connecticut is 21-years-old, some minors choose to consume alcohol at such get-togethers. Sometimes, parents may think they are doing the right thing by providing a place for their teenage children to drink and party with their friends. Other times, parents may not be home, and are therefore unaware of the illegal underage alcohol consumption that is occurring in their homes. In either situation, however, they could be held responsible if a teen who has ingested alcoholic beverages in their home is involved in an accident.

Understanding the long-term effects of dog bite injuries

Many people throughout Connecticut, and across the U.S., keep dogs as pets. While many spend their lives as loving companions, there are frequent incidences of dog bites and attacks. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 4.5 million people suffer dog bite injuries each year. Of those, 20 percent must receive medical attention. The wounds eventually heal for most dog attack victims, but the physical and emotional effects may be long-term.

Connecticut woman dies while undergoing dental procedure

People in New Haven, and throughout Connecticut, put their trust in the health care professionals who provide them medical treatment and care. This includes medical doctors, as well as dentists. Negligence on the part of these providers can have serious implications for those in their care. This type of medical malpractice may lead to worsened medical conditions and, in some cases, even the wrongful death of patients.

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