Car Accident Attorney Answers Common Questions
Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP is experienced with handling car accident cases. Our car accident cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless we recover compensation for your car accident claim. If no compensation is obtained, we will absorb all expenses.
1. What are Some Car Accident Statistics?
The US Census Bureau 2011 abstract reports that 264 people died in Connecticut from car accidents in 2008. Each year, car accidents are a leading cause of death for people aged between 2 and 33 years old, and are responsible for over 90% of all transportation related fatalities. According to the United States Department of Transportation, there were 6,328,000 auto accidents in the U.S. in 2003. As a result of these automobile accidents, there were 2.9 million injuries and 42,643 people were killed in auto accidents.
2. If I Have a Car Accident Case What Should I Do?
After ensuring the safety of yourself and others, there are a number of things you can do immediately following a car accident to protect your rights and potential compensation. Read here for after the collision car accident advice.
Overall, it is important that you avoid taking any action that will hurt your case. Signing paperwork, recording statements, and speaking with insurance adjusters are only some instances where an unrepresented victim may damage his or her case.
Car accident cases are time sensitive. The law limits the amount of time you have to commence legal action in a variety of ways. Also, your insurance company may have its own deadlines.
It is important that you contact an experienced Connecticut car accident lawyer to get a comprehensive understanding of your situation.
3. How is Liability Determined in a Car Accident case?
In general, liability is determined by the reasonable person standard. A person may be found negligent if he or she failed to act like a “reasonable person” in that situation. Upon examining evidence and testimony, the jury often decides whether a person has fulfilled this standard. Connecticut has adopted the doctrine of modified comparative negligence. Under this doctrine, liability is not necessarily all or none, and compensation rests on the degree to which parties are found at fault for the car accident.
4. What Compensation Might I Receive If My Case is Successful?
Generally, whoever is found liable for an injury must provide compensation intended to restore an injured victim to his or state prior to the accident. This is not considered income and is thereby not taxable. Areas of compensation may include the following:
- Medical expenses related to the caused injury, both past and future
- Income lost as result of the accident and injuries, both past and future
- Any permanent injuries
- Lost social (family) and educational experiences
- Emotional damage
- Punitive Damages (In Extraordinary Cases)
- Damage to Property
5. How Do I Go About Getting Experts To Help Me With My Car Accident Case?
Our Connecticut car accident lawyer will hire the necessary experts to develop your case. Potential experts could include private investigators, medical specialists, and car accident reconstructionist.
6. Who Will Pay The Expenses of Hiring All Of These Experts?
Our Connecticut car accident attorneys will advance any and all costs of your car accident case. We will only be reimbursed for these costs if we win your claim, and you are awarded compensation. Otherwise, we will absorb all fees.
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