Connecticut Hit and Run Accident Law – Connecticut Accident Attorney
If you or someone you know has been involved in a Connecticut hit and run accident, our law firm can assist you with your claim. Put our decades of legal experience to work for you. Our accident lawyer will advance all fees and expenses for your case including hiring experts to strengthen your case. Once the case is concluded, we will be reimbursed for costs out of the recovery. If no recovery is reached, you do not owe anything for the costs and expenses, which will be absorbed by us. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay us until we recover money for you.
1. How Common are Hit and Run Accidents?
According to recent statistics, approximately 11% of all car accidents are hit and run. A hit and run can be defined as a failure to stop the other vehicle or the driver not stopping after a vehicle accident or serious injury has been inflicted stopping in order to exchange insurance information with the other parties involved in the incident. It is required in all states for the driver to address the needs of the victims perhaps calling an ambulance or other emergency vehicle. If there are no witnesses to the crime or the victim is not present for whatever reason, then the driver must leave a note or letter detailing all relevant information. Causes of these incidents vary greatly, but there are several universal factors:
- Panic- Many drivers after hitting a pedestrian or other vehicle become worried and do not know what to do. They may seek the easy way out and flee the scene of the crime.
- DUI – If the other driver is intoxicated, their judgment, depth perception, and reaction time are all affected. As such, if the driver is involved in an accident, they will probably use poor judgment and feel that the problem will just go away.
- Lack of limited liability coverage on their insurance policy.
2. If I Have A Hit and Run Accident Case What Should I Do?
It is extremely important that you contact us as soon as possible. It is critical not to do anything that might have a negative effect upon your case. Our accident lawyer might advise you not to give any statements or sign any authorizations, so it is important to speak with us before you do something that could have a negative impact on your case.
3. How is Liability Determined?
The critical issue in many personal injury cases is just how a “reasonable person” would be expected to act in the situation that caused the injury. A person is negligent when he or she fails to act like a “reasonable person”. Whether a given person has met the “reasonable person standard” is often a matter that is decided by a jury after the presentation of evidence and argument trial. This is one of the many reasons why you should contact us as soon as possible so we can start to investigate and develop your case.
4. What Compensation Might I Receive If My Case is Successful?
Usually, a person who is liable for an injury–which generally means his or her liability insurance company–must pay an injured person for:
- Past and future medical care and related expenses
- Past and future income lost because of the accident
- Permanent physical disability or disfigurement
- Loss of family, social, and educational experiences
- Emotional damages, such as stress, embarrassment, depression, or strains on family relationships
- Punitive Damages (In Extraordinary Cases)
- Damaged Property
You will be awarded “damages,” or compensation, which is money intended to restore you to the position you were in before your injury. This money is not considered income (excluding monies paid for loss of income) and is not taxable as income by the federal government or state.
5. How Do I Go About Getting Experts To Help Me With My Hit and Run Case?
Our Connecticut accident lawyer will be able to hire a team of experts that can assist in the development of your case, which, depending on the case, can range from a private investigator, to doctors, to economists.
6. Who Will Pay The Expenses of Hiring All Of These Experts?
We will advance all costs and expenses of your case as they are incurred. Once the case is concluded, we would be reimbursed for our costs out of the recovery. If there is no recovery, you will owe nothing for the costs and expenses, which will be absorbed by us. Additionally, you only pay us once you receive a settlement or award.
7. Do Any of Your Attorneys Have Any Specialized Training or Awards?
One of our attorneys has received Advanced Negotiation Training at the Harvard Law School and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum which is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the U.S. For additional information please see our attorney biographies.
8. Why Should I Hire Hastings, Cohan and Walsh, LLP to Represent Me?
Because we are passionate about what we do and have decades of experience in representing accident victims. Before you hire an accident lawyer, speak to an insurance adjuster, or sign any paperwork, order a copy of our free book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut.”