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Are you ready for the realities of winter cycling in Connecticut?

Many people across the great state of Connecticut enjoy cycling as a hobby or as a means of environmentally-friendly transportation. Some people go out for weekend rides or hit the bike trail for exercise. Others use their bikes every day to commute to work. Whatever your reason for cyclying, if you plan to keep going out as temperatures drop and the fall turns to winter, you need to prepare.

Cycling in the winter can be incredibly dangerous for a number of reasons. One of the biggest risks, other than inclement weather, is the fact that drivers in motor vehicles are less likely to watch for cyclists during the cold and snowy winter months. You also have to be prepared for deep cold, slick streets and reduced visibility or low light. Following a few steps to prepare can help you stay safe on your bike all winter long.

Avoid dangers of cycling on public roads during the autumn season

When people think of seasonal dangers to bikers, they often think of wet springs and icy, snow-covered roads in winter. Few people realize that the fall is equally dangerous, with its own unique set of risks when compared with the year. While there are risks to bikers in any season, autumn's risks can easily get overlooked.

Common birth injuries: Did your child suffer from one of these?

When you spend nine months waiting for your child to come, it can be devastating to see your baby suffering from a birth injury. You only want the best and easiest life for your child, so you will no doubt take every step available to ensure your child receives the most advanced medical care and has the best chance for recovery.

Medical care, however, can be expensive for a birth injured child, which will only add to your worries and frustrations as a parent. This is where a personal injury claim may be able to help.

What injuries are most common in bicycle/car crashes?

Whether you get on your bicycle for exercise, your commute or just for fun, riding on the road comes with some risks. You're aware of that fact, so you take steps to minimize the potential danger. That could mean wearing a helmet and adding reflectors or lights to your bike. It could also mean avoiding heavily-traveled roads or only biking at lower traffic times of day.

Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, you can't completely eliminate the risk of a crash with a motor vehicle. People behind the wheel of vehicles may not stop to look for you before they turn, merge or open their doors.

Professional tips for bike riding in the summer

Summer weather in Connecticut means that more cyclists will be out on the roads. You might want to make the most of the warm weather, too, by going on some leisurely rides with your family and friends.

When you're out and about on your bike in the hot sun, you'll want to avoid getting into a crash. This means you have to stay smart, stay safe and stay alert. Staying comfortable in the hot weather will help you do all these things more effectively. Keep reading and you'll learn some pro tips for saying comfortable in summer weather while riding your bike.

Have you been the victim of a 'dooring' accident?

Riding bikes, whether for weekend exercise or your daily commute, is an admirable practice. It provides exercise, reduces your environmental impact and can make you feel awake and alert. The downside, however, is that you can be severely injured in an accident. Most bicyclists know to watch out for cars and other motor vehicles that could turn into their path or cut them off. A large number of potentially serious accidents are likely prevented by the diligence of those on bikes, as opposed to those in motor vehicles. Sadly, there are some kinds of bike accidents that are harder to prevent.

One of the most insidious kinds of bicycling injuries is "dooring." A dooring happens when a person in a motor vehicle opens the door of the vehicle into the flow of traffic, causing a person on a bike to hit the door. This is almost always the result of negligence on the part of the person in the motor vehicle, but sometimes it has been done intentionally. Regardless of why it happens, when someone in a vehicle causes a dooring accident, they should be held accountable. The injuries that negligence causes could completely change you life, making you unable to work or fully care for yourself in the future.

Staying safe: 4 tips for staying safe in the bike lane

You love heading out for a bike ride, but you know that when you're on the roads, you're at risk of being hit by a car. Even though you use the bike lanes, there's no guarantee that you won't get hit.

Drivers don't always pay attention, and those who are parked could fling open a door and cause you to collide with it. Biking has its hazards, but there are a few tips you can follow to stay safer.

Caregiver’s malpractice: Did your obstetrician commit negligence?

Did you come home from the hospital after a difficult birth? Did your baby suffer severe birth injuries and you’re not sure if he or she will fully recover? Clearly, you want answers and you want to know how you’re going to pay for all the medical bills resulting from the additional treatments required.

It may be possible for you to pursue a caregiver’s malpractice claim regarding the medical treatment you received from your obstetrician and the team that tended to your care during the delivery. That said, such a claim will require legal expertise and sound reasoning to achieve a successful result.

The expense of a dog bite: An adult's guide

Dog bites are not inexpensive. In fact, the average dog bite claim in 2010 cost $26,166. As someone who has been attacked by a dog, the good news is that the owner is liable for the attack so long as you did not provoke the animal on purpose. For example, hitting an animal to provoke it might invalidate your claim, but suffering an attack while riding a bike confirms it.

Whenever a dog bites you, the first thing to do is to get medical help. Bites often become infected. Dogs have strong jaws and puncture, tear and damage ligaments, bones, skin and joints. You may need surgery or other medical treatments. For example, if the dog has no vaccination records, you may need to receive the rabies vaccine. If you have not had a tetanus shot in a long period of time, you may need to receive it when you seek medical attention.

Commuter cycling: Getting exercise on the way to work

Cycling is an excellent way to get exercise into your busy workday. You work several miles from home in New Haven, but you'll save on gas and don't necessarily need to have a vehicle at home. As an avid cyclist, you know that it can be dangerous to be on the roads. Sometimes drivers don't see you, because they admittedly believe you should only ever be in a bike lane. Still, you have a right to be in the main lanes and to pass through the lane without a door opening in your path.

Fortunately, Connecticut is becoming a cyclist's destination. In 2006, a woman pushed the Connecticut Department of Transportation to install bike racks on its buses in the Hartford area, much like New Haven and Stamford already had. They obliged, and she now bikes regularly part of the way to work.

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