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Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

If you have been involved in a seriously injured in a Connecticut car accident case one of the things that you can do to help your Connecticut personal injury lawyer add value of to your case is to create a photographic record of all accident related issues.The insurance company of the at fault party will want to be provided with copies of the CT police accident report, all of your medical records, all of your medical reports, therapy bills, therapy notes, lost wage information, and information about how this accident has had an impact upon your life.

We have all heard the saying, that a picture is worth 1,000 words. This is especially true in the development of your personal injury case. It is one thing to try and explain in words what your motor vehicle looked like after the accident, what the accident scene look like, the bruises or other visible injuries that you sustained, or any one of a number of other visual problems that has resulted from this accident but it is something else to provide the insurance adjuster of the at fault party with photographs that detail the evidence of the severity of the crash, and the nature and extent of the injuries of the accident victim.

This is one of the many reasons why it is important that you involve an experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer and accident attorney in your case at the earliest possible moment. Many of the pictures that need to be taken, that may very well increase the value of your case, should be photographed as close to the time of the accident as possible. For example, the point of impact might be apparent from the broken glass, dirt and sand that has fallen from your vehicle, or other debris that falls in the roadway. The longer you wait, the greater the chance that the accident site will change. Your injuries will also improve over time which includes your physical appearance. Therefore it is quite helpful to take photographs of your physical injuries as close to the time of the accident as possible.

We have written the book on personal injury law in the State of Connecticut. Please go to our website which is located at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut.” This comprehensive book will tell you what to do, what not to do, how to get better medical care, how to get better quicker, how to properly develop your loss of income claim, and how you can help your attorney get you more money for your case. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyers and accident attorneys. We will be happy to answer your questions over the telephone or you can schedule a free, no obligation, in office consultation where we will review the facts of your case with you in detail and then advise you as to what you should be doing.

We take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. In other words, you owe us know legal fees unless and until we collect money damages for you. Additionally, we will advance the cost to properly develop your case. You will also owe us no costs unless and until we recover money damages for you. If there is no recovery, then you will owe us know legal fees and no cost. We assume all of the financial risk so you can concentrate on getting better. Don’t make a mistake in trying to handle your own case as it may end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars. Don’t delay get this very valuable information today. Don’t harm your CT accident case by proceeding without the advice of experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer.

Middlebury CT Car Accident in Sends Three to the Hospital

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Three individuals were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after an Middlebury CT car accident.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a Middlebury woman made a left hand turn into the parking lot and may have pulled out in front of the other car.

The driver’s side door had to be cut off of her vehicle so that emergency response crews could get to the driver, a 53-year-old Middlebury woman.

The occupants of the vehicle were a 48-year-old Middletown woman and a 29-year-old Colchester man.


read more: http://woodbury-middlebury.patch.com/articles/car-accident-sends-three-to-hospital


Five Car Accident on I-84 Near West Hartford, CT Caused by Racing

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

29-year-old Halloran Zanone and another car were racing down I-84, headed East. The other driver lost control and sideswiped a third car, headed over the center median, rolled over several times, and struck two cars that were traveling West. The driver of the  vehicle was able to flee the scene.

Zanone was arrested on the scene of the crash. Police continue to search for the driver of the other car.

So far, all of the reported injuries are not life threatening.

The five car crash resulted in the right and center lanes of I-84 West in the area of exit 44 being closed for a few hours.


Read More: http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/traffic/incidents/cops-5-car-crash-caused-by-racing#.UAl8MXCWFnY

Two Life Star Helicopters Called For New Hartford, CT Accident

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Four people were hospitalized, this past Friday night, after a one-car crash on Route 202 near the Nepaug Dam in New Hartford, CT. The vehicle left the road and crashed into the woods.  The one car accident happened just prior to midnight.

Four people were taken to the hospital. Two of the injured individuals were each transported by separate Life Star helicopters and the other two injury victims were transported by ambulance to the hospital.  A fifth individual refused to be taken to the hospital. The nature and extent of the injuries were unknown and the accident remains under investigation.

Red Light Cameras: Lifesaver or Flawed Solution? Should the CT Legislature Pass a Law Allowing For the Installation of Red Light Cameras?

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Motor vehicles that ran red lights injured a total of 113,000 people in 2009. Of those injuries 676 were fatal.  Of these fatal accidents, 46% were occupants of the other vehicle, 12% were passengers in the vehicle running the red light, 6% were pedestrians or cyclists and 36% were the drivers of the vehicle running the red light.  In addition, 11% of people killed in red light running accidents were motorcyclists, 10% of those drivers were teenagers. 22% of drivers in fatal red light crashes were
unlicensed and 25% had blood alcohol content over the legal limit of .08%.

This week, the Connecticut Legislature will consider a law regarding red light cameras. Basically, red light cameras are cameras that capture images of vehicles, including the license plate numbers, at intersections while the light in that direction is red. The result is that anybody who runs the light, makes an illegal right hand turn or performs some other traffic violation, will receive a ticket in the mail. The new law would not require towns to use red light cameras, but would give them the option to do so.

As is the case with most controversial issues, there is strong support and opposition as it relates to the installation of red light cameras.

One side of the debate claims police cannot be everywhere at once. Certainty of enforcement is the only thing the cameras truly provide. It is obvious to almost any driver that red light violations will decrease if the certainty of enforcement is higher. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (“IIHS”) found that the occurrence of crashes, especially those that resulted in injury, dropped dramatically.  In Oxnard, CA, where cameras were installed in 1997, a 29% reduction in accidents has been documented, including a 68% reduction in front-to-side accidents that resulted in injury. This was with only 11 of 125 intersections being equipped with cameras.

In another study, the IIHS compared statistics from fourteen cities that did not have cameras between 1992 and 1996, and then did have them from 2004 through 2008. The IIHS found that the combined per capita rate of fatal red-light-crashes fell 35%. As fatal crash rates fell 14% across the board over that time period, the IIHS estimates that a 24% decrease in fatal red light crashes can be associated with installation of red light cameras. The IIHS estimates that this saved 159 lives between 2004 and 2008.

The other side of the argument cites studies that have contradictory findings. The National Motorist Association found that many cities of differing sizes across the country had increased accidents at red-light-camera intersections. In Los Angeles, 20 of 32 such intersections saw increased accident rates, some tripling their accident rate. In Washington, D.C. accidents increased 107%, in Portland, OR by 140%, in Philadelphia by 10 to 21%. Smaller towns also saw increases including 83% in Fort Collins, CO, 14 to 30% in Corpus Christi, TX and even as high as 800% increase in rear end collisions in Oceanside, CA.  Some cited statistics indicate the bulk of these accidents resulted in rear end collisions caused by a driver stopping suddenly to avoid going through a red light.

Currently, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon,Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington allow the use of roadway cameras. The IIHS claims that two-thirds of the 89% of drivers that are aware of red light cameras favor their use.

Where do you stand? Do you support red light cameras and if so where and under what circumstances?

CT’s Colleteral Source Rule: Maximizing Your Recovery in Your CT Accident, Injury or Medical Malpractice Case

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

After you have been seriously injured in a CT accident or if you were the victim of medical malpractice how does the CT collateral source rule affect how much money you can recover?

Section 52-225a (a), is the statute in CT that sets forth the law relating to the calculation of collateral source reductions, and it  provides in relevant part that “[i]n any civil action, whether in tort or in contract, wherein the claimant seeks to recover damages resulting from (1) personal injury or wrongful death … and wherein liability is admitted or is determined by the trier of fact and damages are awarded to compensate the claimant, the court shall reduce the amount of such award which represents economic damages … by an amount equal to the total of amounts determined to have been paid under subsection (b) of this section less the total of amounts determined to have been paid under subsection (c) of this section ….” (Emphasis added.) Thus, under § 52-225a (a), calculation of the collateral source reduction is a two part process: (1) the total amount of collateral source benefits a claimant has received is determined in accordance with § 52-225a (b); and (2) that amount is then decreased, pursuant to § 52-225a (c), by the total amount that has been “paid, contributed, or forfeited … by, or on behalf of, the claimant or members of his immediate family” to secure those benefits.

So one of the questions that arises is whether or not an injured party is able to deduct, pursuant to CT’s collateral source statute, health insurance premiums paid for by a family member’s employer. The answer to that question is a resounding: YES! The Connecticut Supreme Court has held that: The payments an employer makes to purchase health insurance for an employee are not gratuitous. Instead, those payments are made as part of the employee’s compensation. Because an employer’s premium payments are really indirect payments by the employee,the CT Supreme Court concluded that the legislature intended that § 52-225a (c) encompass premiums paid by a claimant’s employer to purchase the claimant’s health insurance coverage. Otherwise, the words “on behalf of” in § 52-225a (c) would have no meaning. See Hall v. Gilbert & Bennett Mfg. Co., 241 Conn. 282, 303, 695 A.2d 1051 (1997).

In other words, if the insurance adjuster is going to take the position that you are not entitled to receive credit for your medical bills because they were paid for by your insurance company and there is no right of recovery on the part of your insurance carrier to recoup those funds, then you are entitled to a credit for insurance premiums paid to obtain this coverage subject to certain limitations. So be forewarned that if you attempt to negotiate your own accident or injury claim then you could be settling for thousands of dollars less than you deserve.

So before you make a major mistake in the handling of your case call us today to speak to us about your CT accident, injury or medical malpractice case. Our consultations are FREE. We can help answer your questions and we can put you at ease so you know what you need to be doing. We will even send you our book, “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut” for FREE. There is no obligation, so call us at (888) 842-8466 today; even the call is FREE.

Drunk Driving: Declining or Evolving? A New Look At Statistics from the CDC and NHSC

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

Over the past decade, huge strides have been taken by Federal, State and Municipal governments to prevent drunk driving. Beyond spending money on police officers and new detection techniques, the government is investing money into research, so that they can identify and lessen the causes and occurrences of drunk driving.

Drunken driving incidents have fallen 30 percent in the last five years, and last year were at their lowest mark in nearly two decades, according to a new federal report.

The decline may be due to the down economy: Other research suggests people are still drinking as heavily as in years past, so some may just be finding cheaper ways of imbibing than by going to bars, night clubs and restaurants. “One possibility is that people are drinking at home more and driving less after drinking,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC statistics are based on a 2010 national telephone survey of about 210,000 U.S. adults. The respondents were kept anonymous. Nearly 1 in 50 said they’d driven drunk at least once in the previous month. That equates to about 4 million Americans driving drunk last year. About 60 percent said they drove drunk just once, but some said they did it daily.

That led to a CDC estimate of more than 112 million episodes of drunk driving in 2010. That’s more than 300,000 incidents a day.

CDC officials lamented that finding; still, it was the lowest estimate since the survey question was first asked in 1993, and down significantly from the 161 million incidents in the peak year of 2006. Young men ages 21 to 34 were the biggest problem, accounting for just 11 percent of the U.S. population but 32 percent of the drunken driving incidents. The overwhelming majority of drunk driving incidents involve people who had at least four or five drinks in a short period of time. But binge drinking has not been on the decline, other health research suggests.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also noted signs of an apparent recent decline in drunk driving. According to that agency’s latest data, the number of people killed in U.S. crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers dropped from 11,711 in 2008 to 10,839 in 2009. “While the nation has made great strides in reducing drunk driving over the years, it continues to be one of the leading causes of death and injury on America’s roads — claiming a life every 48 minutes,” added David Strickland, the agency’s administrator, in a prepared statement.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible to preserve evidence and your case. We have office locations throughout the State of Connecticut. If you are unable to come to us, we will gladly come to you whether at the hospital, your home or any other location you designate. Get a copy of our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut” today by calling toll free at (888) 842-8466 or by visiting us online at www.hcwlaw.com. You can even tell us about your case online and we will contact you. Let us worry about your case, so you can concentrate on healing.

Get Answers to Your Stamford Connecticut Speeding Accident Worries

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

When you are seriously injured in a Stamford  Connecticu sppedng accident you have so many questions. Do you speak to the insurance company of the at fault driver? How do you investigate the Stamford Connecticut speeding accident? Who will interview the witnesses? How are all of your bills going to be paid? Who will pay you while you are out of work?

These are all important questions that need immediate answers. Don’t delay in getting the answers you need. Call us today.

Establishing a violation of Connecticut case law or common law or a Connecticut General Statute or statutory laws can prove determining fault in a Connencticut motor vehicle accident. How people are to operate a motor vehicle are set forth in article 14 of the general statutes. One such section might you able to prove a violation of could be speeding , which states:

Sec. 14-219. Speeding. (a) No person shall operate any motor vehicle (1) upon any highway, road or any parking area for ten cars or more, at such a rate of speed as to endanger the life of any occupant of such motor vehicle, but not the life of any other person than such an occupant; or (2) at a rate of speed greater than fifty-five miles per hour upon any highway other than a highway specified in subsection (b) of section 14-218a for which a speed limit has been established in accordance with the provisions of said subsection; (3) at a rate of speed greater than sixty-five miles per hour upon any highway specified in subsection (b) of section 14-218a for which a speed limit has been established in accordance with the provisions of said subsection; or (4) if such person is under eighteen years of age, upon any highway or road for which a speed limit of less than sixty-five miles per hour has been established in accordance with subsection (a) of section 14-218a, at a rate of speed twenty miles per hour or more above such speed limit.

Our Stamford Connecticut speeding accident and injury lawyers answer client calls and emails promptly so you can get answers to your important Stamford Connecticut speeding accident questions. You can rest assured that your case will get the attention it deserves. We have office locations throughout the State of Connecticut. If you are unable to come to us, we will gladly come to you whether at the hospital, your home or any other location you designate.  Also, many answers to your Stamford Connecticut speeding accident questions can be answered by downloading copy of our FREE book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut”. You can also call us free at (888) 842-8466 or visit us online at www.hcwlaw.com. You can even tell us about your case online and we will contact you. Let us worry about your case, so you can concentrate on getting better.

We Can Relieve Your Bridgeport CT Car Accident Concerns

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

After being involved in a Bridgeport CT Car Accident case you experience a great deal of pain, you are tremendously concerned about what to do and you are scared and anxious about how you will be properly compensated for your losses. These concerns are very common and very real. We are here to help you through this very difficult time.

The first issue that must be proven in a personal injury case is
liability. In other words, you must first show that someone else cause or is responsible for the accident which result in the injuries and damages suffered by the plaintiff. One way that you can establish liability is by proving first that the defendant violated one of the Connecticut General Statues related to fault. One of the statutory sections you might be able to prove was violated by the defendant is:

Sec. 14-222. Reckless driving. (a) No person shall operate any motor vehicle upon any public highway of the state, or any road of any specially chartered municipal association or of any district organized under the provisions of chapter 105, a purpose of which is the construction and maintenance of roads and sidewalks, or in any parking area for ten cars or more or upon any private road on which a speed limit has been established in accordance with the provisions of section 14-218a or upon any school property recklessly, having regard to the width, traffic and use of such highway, road, school property or parking area, the intersection of streets and the weather conditions. The operation of a motor vehicle upon any such highway, road or parking area for ten cars or more at such a rate of speed as to endanger the life of any person other than the operator of such motor vehicle, or the operation, downgrade, upon any highway, of any motor vehicle with a commercial registration with the clutch or gears disengaged, or the operation knowingly of a motor vehicle with defective mechanism, shall constitute a violation of the provisions of this section. The operation of a motor vehicle upon any such highway, road or parking area for ten cars or more at a rate of speed greater than eighty-five miles per hour shall constitute a violation of the provisions of this section.

After being involved in a Bridgeport CT Car Accident case, you need to take a number of steps to strengthen the value of your claim and there are a number of things you could do to harm your case. Find out what to do and what not to do by ordering our FREE comprehensive book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut”. Call us today at (888) 842-8466 or order it online at www.hcwlaw.com. By properly developing your Bridgeport CT Car Accident case from the start, you can increase the amount of money you can get for your injuries.

Avoiding Accidents While Driving on Black Ice: How New and Inexperienced Drivers Can Be Better Prepared To Drive On Icy Roadways

Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, Connecticut

A common cause of winter motor vehicle accidents is a condition known as “black ice.” Black ice is a coating or a glaze that forms on roadway surfaces, sidewalks and driveways generally due to freezing rain or because of the melting and refreezing of snow or ice. It is commonly called black ice because it is clear and looks like the black surface which it covers.

Black ice forms without creating bubbles or the white sheen that is seen on most ice covered surfaces. Black ice is very dangerous because it is very hard to detect until you are right on top of it. Black ice usually forms when the temperature is just around the freezing point. Black ice can also form on roadways due to the heat of the tires which causes the ice to melt and then refreeze.

Black ice can be especially dangerous to the new or inexperienced driver so it is important to review a number of safety tips to help avoid these winter driving accidents.

An important consideration is to understand when and where black ice forms. Generally, black ice will form in the early morning hours or at night when the temperature drops or when the sun is not out to warm the roads. It can also be commonly found on roads that do not get much sunshine because the sun is blocked by trees or other objects. It can also be found more frequently on surfaces that are less traveled upon.

These slippery surfaces are more common on overpasses and bridges because cold air is able to pass over and under these roadways causing them to freeze faster. The roads located under bridges and overpasses also tend to freeze quicker because they are shielded from the sun. So if you are driving during these times or on these types of roadways be especially careful and always be prepared for the possibility of encountering black ice.

Although black ice is clear, so it can be very difficult to see under most driving situations, it can be easier to see under certain lighting conditions or if you are looking for it. Most times, black ice is very smooth and very glossy so the roadway without black ice will appear a dull black color. If the roadway looks shiny then you are probably about to drive over black ice. Another indication is if you suddenly see cars sliding, skidding or swerving for no apparent reason then black ice is probably present on the road. Although you will not always be able to detect black ice it is helpful to be on the lookout for it and to constantly assess the roadways you are on and what lies ahead.

One of the best ways to prepare a newly licensed or inexperienced driver to  for these driving conditions is to practice driving on ice, in a controlled and safe environment, like a large empty parking lot, with an experienced driver. Practice braking and steering on ice to get a feel for how the vehicle reacts. Allow the new driver to get a feeling of how the car reacts and practice safe and defensive driving techniques. Be sure to teach, review and practice a number of safety tips such as:

  1. In driving on black ice it is best not to panic or hit the brakes and do not turn suddenly to one side or the other. Generally, you should do as little as possible and just allow the vehicle to safely pass over the slippery surface;
  2.  If you feel the back of your vehicle sliding out to the left or right, gently and slowly turn the steering wheel in the same direction. If you try and turn your vehicle in the opposite direction then you run the very real risk of spinning out of control and getting into an accident;
  3. Once you realize you are about to go over or on black ice take your foot off of the gas pedal and keep your steering wheel, whenever possible, in the same direction it is in when you entered the icy surface;
  4. If you are driving a vehicle with a standard transmission, and it is safe to do so, downshift as the lower gears will give you more control;
  5. If you are able to steer to an area that is not covered in black ice or is sanded, and it is safe to do so, slowly go to that area;
  6.  Realize that black ice is patchy so you should hopefully find better traction shortly;
  7. If you skid and are going to go off of the road try and steer towards something that will cause the least amount of damage possible like an empty area; and
  8. After you have had your black ice encounter stay calm and if you must continue driving do so very cautiously. Flash your lights to warn oncoming traffic of the hazard they are about to encounter.

You can also do several things to reduce your risk of getting into an accident if you should encounter black ice:

  1. Do not drive, whenever possible, in conditions that are especially dangerous;
  2. Make sure your vehicle is functioning properly including having the proper tires and tread depth;
  3. Travel with your lights on so you can more easily spot black ice and be more visible to other vehicles;
  4. Drive slowly and keep a safe distance apart from other vehicles;
  5. Do not have any distractions about or around you; and
  6. Make sure your windshield is cleared so you can properly see outside your vehicle.

Using these safety tips and techniques can help you to prevent a winter driving accident and can save you, your family members or others on the road from suffering a serious injury or even death.