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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.

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.

Compensation for bike damage

One of the most frightening experiences for a cyclist is being hit by a motor vehicle while riding. For those who are able to pick themselves and their bike back up and ride on, there is often an overwhelming feeling of relief that they are not dead or seriously injured that the temptation is to get back to their day as soon as possible. But it is important for a cyclist to remember that "not dead" and "okay" are not necessarily the same thing.

Winter biking gear tips

There is nothing like a nice peaceful fall ride where you can enjoy the fall colors. Communing with nature indeed tops the list of perks for those who prefer a bike saddle to a car seat. But an increasing number of bikers here in New Haven are getting serious about winter riding and commuting (commuters click here for more information). You still don't have to pay for gas, parking or perhaps even car insurance. Biking in a snow storm can also be the fastest way around - no need to worry about getting stuck and you might have more direct options for your routes -- as well as the prettiest.

How bicycle safety audits improve public safety

It was recently announced that 81 Connecticut communities are set to receive road safety audits designed to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety this year and next. Connecticut towns that are being audited for road safety include Colchester, Griswold, Norwich, Sprague, and Montville. Yet even if your town is not on this list, you may still reap the benefits of these bicycle safety audits.

Open car doors: a real hazard for bicyclists

Bicyclists have to be hyper-vigilant when biking throughout Connecticut, especially in New Haven. This is due to the amount of traffic and narrow roadways in the area. Cars, bicycles and pedestrians share a limited amount of space and need to be aware of each other at all times. Unfortunately, motorists still think they have the right to do what they want, including opening their car doors without looking. This is an extremely dangerous situation, as bicyclists can crash into car doors and sustain very serious injuries.

The road less traveled is not necessarily safer for bicyclists

Most bicyclists take all of the proper precautions in order to ensure their safety on the roads. While drivers need to be on the lookout, and bicyclists must remain observant of traffic and obstacles, you may be unaware that the road on which you are traveling is itself a threat to your safety on your bike.

Mills Law Firm, LLC sponsoring Christopher Martins' Road Race

Just a quick shout out that Mills Law Firm, LLC will be sponsoring the Christopher Martins' Road Race on December 13, 2015 at 10:20 a.m. We have put away our bicycles for now and have laced up our sneakers to partake in these festivities. I cannot promise that Jack, Crystal, and I will be dressed as Santa's elves, or some other holiday favorites, but we will be racing through the streets of New Haven for this great event.

Bicyclists are always at risk on the roads

Of all the people traveling on our roadways - including those in cars, in trucks or even on motorcycles - bicyclists are the ones who are most likely to be the victims of serious injury. In fact, according to statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bicyclists face a higher risk of crash-related death and injury than other motorists, despite the fact that bicyclists account for only roughly 1 percent of all trips taken in the US.

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