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How can you prevent injuries from electricity?

When you work on a construction site in Connecticut, there are many hazards you encounter. One you may not think about often is electricity.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that electrical incidents kill about 350 people each year. Some of these incidents are caused because people do not adhere to proper safety standards. Electrical equipment can short-circuit through continued use, and sometimes wires may be exposed because of everyday wear and tear. This equipment can still be safe to use when your construction site follows the proper precautions. You should usually monitor the condition of your electrical equipment. Tools which are defective should typically be labeled so people know not to use them. Additionally, you should ensure that your construction site utilizes ground-fault circuit interrupters so everyone will be safe from electric currents.

The country's most dangerous cars

It is always a good idea to drive defensively. Distracted, drugged and reckless drivers are all too common on Connecticut's roads. Driving the speed limit and being aware of your surroundings can go a long way toward keeping you and your family safe.

Unfortunately, defensive driving cannot prevent all accidents. When another motorist is driving negligently or recklessly, accidents happen. When they do, it is important to drive in as safe a vehicle as possible to minimize injury.

How can pedestrians stay safe?

When you walk alongside the roads of Connecticut, you may think that it is a driver's job to look for you. However, it is important for you to know how you can keep yourself safe.

There are many ways you can practice safety as a pedestrian. The American Automobile Association says that you should not think drivers will always yield to you. Instead, you should usually try to establish eye contact with drivers so you can understand if they will let you cross. Additionally, it is important to obey traffic rules. This allows you to predict what actions a driver might take at an intersection.

Premises liability for Halloween

When Connecticut homeowners think about Halloween, they may only think about what kind of candy to give to trick-or-treaters. However, the holiday also provides the opportunity for people to be hurt on your property. It is important to know what you can do to make your property safe for trick-or-treaters and other guests.

 Homeowners may initially think that they can be held liable for any injury which occurs on their property on Halloween. Insurance Journal says that you can only be held liable if three circumstances are all involved in an injury. Someone must have been actually harmed and something on the homeowner's property must have triggered the incident which caused the injury. If a child slips on his or her costume and incurs a sprained wrist, the homeowner usually is not liable. However, if a homeowner's costume frightens a child and makes the child leap back and fall down the stairs, the homeowner possibly would be considered liable for any injury the child incurs.

Traumatic amputation could have a traumatic affect on your life

The injuries that a person may suffer in a Connecticut car accident can range from minor scrapes to life-altering, debilitating injuries. Of all of the serious car accident injuries that a person may suffer, traumatic amputation is among the most complex and painful. This can include everything from the loss of a limb to losing a part of an appendage, but it usually means extensive medical care and rehabilitation for victims.

If you suffered an amputation in a serious car crash that was not your fault, you have the right to compensation. Your medical condition is serious, and it likely requires expensive and long-term medical care. You do not have to carry this financial burden on your own, but you may seek to obtain fair recompense for your pain and suffering and other losses.

My police report states " No Injuries"

Don't be alarmed if your car accident report states that there were no injuries sustained in your auto accident. Injuries at the scene of an accident are often masked by the surge of adrenaline rushing through the body, as well as the delayed onset of muscle soreness. DOMS as it is sometimes referredto, is the delay in pain sensation due to the high amount of adrenaline circulating through the body. Once the adrenaline wears off, the muscles, joints and ligaments that were injured in the accident become more and more inflamed causing extreme pain! This is also when contusions, bruises, andscratches from the accident become more apparent. The fact that a police officer does not indicate there are injuries at the accident scene is not surprising for those reasons.

The role of a dash camera in a collision

As a Connecticut driver, you may like the idea of having a recording device which can show law enforcement exactly what happened if you are in an accident. At McCoy and McCoy, we understand that it is important for you to know how a dash camera can help you after a collision.

Lifewire.com says that a dash camera is usually positioned on your vehicle's dashboard. This camera typically deletes old footage and does not need to be turned on and off as it comes on when you start your car.

Understanding construction accidents

When you work on a construction site in Connecticut, you are aware that sometimes accidents happen despite the best safety measures. We at McCoy and McCoy understand it is important for you to know what kind of incidents might occur and the type of help you can get afterward.

There are many hazards you may encounter on your construction site. You may be harmed if you are exposed to toxic chemicals or if there is a gas explosion on the site. You might also incur injuries if you slip and fall or if you fall from scaffolding. Additionally, falling debris and machinery can sometimes pose a risk. While you may think that accidents are relatively rare, this is typically not the case. Injuries from a construction site kill about 1,000 workers and harm 150,000 others each year.

What should a pedestrian do after a car accident?

Even though you do your best to be safe as a pedestrian, there may be times when you are involved in a collision with a car. In these situations, it is important that you know what to do after the accident occurs.

CityLab.com says that it is important for the driver of the car to remain at the scene. This allows you to exchange insurance and contact information as you would in a typical car collision. Additionally, it is a good idea to ask any witnesses to stay as well, as they can help provide more information when law enforcement arrives.