You are crossing the street when you are struck by a car. The operator of the vehicle jumps out to see if you are okay and then starts yelling at you for walking in front of their car. If you are injured you should be taken to the hospital by ambulance. You should then make sure you receive follow up care. You will be tempted to talk to the insurance adjuster of the motor vehicle driver who will call you to see how you are doing. The adjuster will want to take a recorded statement from you to determine who is at fault in the accident. This is the last thing you want to do after you have been injured in a Connecticut crosswalk accident. You need to speak with an experienced Connecticut crosswalk accident lawyer as soon as you can.
The insurance adjuster will want to speak with you and will first tell you how sorry they are that you were injured. You will be told that they want to investigate this matter as quickly as possible so that if they are insured is responsible they can get your medical bills paid, they can compensate you for your lost income and so that they can give you money for your pain and suffering. What they really want to do is to get enough information from you to indicate that their insured is not at fault and that you will not be paid one dime for your injuries and damages. So the ultimate question would then become; who is at fault when a pedestrian is hit in a Connecticut crosswalk?
In Connecticut, since 1929, a pedestrian would enjoy the right-of-way while in a crosswalk. If a pedestrian is in the crosswalk, or is at the curb of the crosswalk, then all vehicles must slow down or stop to allow the pedestrian to reach the opposite side of the street. If the pedestrian is not in a marked or designated crosswalk area then the pedestrian would have to yield to all other traffic. There are a number of restrictions or variations of this general rule, for example if a pedestrian is in a crosswalk he or she must yield to an emergency vehicle, but generally speaking once in the crosswalk the pedestrian would enjoy the right of way.
The general rule of law in Connecticut also holds that t the operator of a motor vehicle is required to exercise due and reasonable care, while operating a motor vehicle, to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or a person on a bicycle and shall provide a reasonable warning by sounding a horn or other noise emitting device to avoid a collision. So the ultimate issue in any pedestrian crosswalk case is what are the facts that led to the pedestrian being struck by a motor vehicle. The facts of each individual case will determine who is at fault in a Connecticut crosswalk accident case.
The importance of contacting a Connecticut personal injury attorney at the earliest possible moment cannot be overstressed. In some cases, a private investigator or expert might have to be retained to investigate the facts surrounding your particular case. The longer you wait in conducting this investigation the more difficult it might be to prove your case. There are a great number of things that you should be doing immediately after your Connecticut crosswalk accident case. There are also a great number of things which you should not be doing. There are things that you can do to improve your medical care and treatment. There are things you can do to help you get better quicker. There are things you can do to help properly develop your lost wage claim. There are a number of things which you can be doing to help maximize the value of your Connecticut crosswalk accident case. However, chances are that you do not know what to do and what not to do. You run the very great risk of doing something that could ultimately harm the value of your case or even destroy it altogether. So why would you not get the free advice of a Connecticut crosswalk accident attorney?
Our Connecticut crosswalk accident lawyers offer free information to injured parties and their families in a number of different ways: you can download our free book by visiting our website at www.HCWLAW.com; you can fill out our brief online form and one of our Connecticut injury lawyers will contact you; you can call our toll-free number at 888-244-5480 and talk with one of our Connecticut accident attorneys to get your questions answered over the telephone; or you can schedule a free, no obligation consultation where one of our Connecticut crosswalk accident attorneys will be happy to meet with you to fully discuss the facts of your case and specifically advise you as to what you should and should not be doing.
Our Connecticut personal injury attorneys handle these cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the cost to develop your case. This means that you do not have to come up with any money out-of-pocket for us to represent you. We are only paid if we collect money damages for you. If there is no recovery you will owe no legal fees and no costs. We take all of the financial risk so you can concentrate on what's most important which is recovering from your injuries as quickly as possible. Do not make a mistake in attempting to handle your own Connecticut crosswalk accident case. Get this valuable free information today!