Car Accident Lawyer in Ridgefield
Helping You Get the Compensation You Deserve
A car accident can be one of the most traumatizing and frightening experiences you ever go through. The physical and emotional trauma you experience can leave you reeling.
If you have been involved in a car accident, one of our main priorities is to get you financial compensation so that you can return to your previous levels of comfort as soon as possible. We can help you work with the insurance companies and the authorities to get you the compensation you deserve.
What to Do after a Car Accident
When the unthinkable happens and you are involved in a car accident, there are some important tips to remember in order to protect yourself.
Following a car accident, try to remember the following:
- Pull to the shoulder as soon as possible – This will help protect you, your passengers and fellow drivers from further collisions and injuries. Of course, in the event that it is unsafe to do so, do not attempt to move.
- Contact the authorities – Always have the police come to the scene to keep you safe, document the facts, and help determine who was at fault.
- Do not refuse medical attention from EMT or paramedic – Even though you may feel like you are not hurt at the time, it is important to speak with a medical professional on site and follow-up with a doctor.
- Document the scene – Take pictures, record license plate numbers, and get information from those involved and from any witnesses.
- Call your Ridgefield car accident attorney – We can help you navigate this difficult process and interface with your insurance company for you.
- Do not contact your insurance company without the assistance of an attorney – Report the accident, but do not sign anything until we can formally go through your case.
- Do not admit fault – Even if you believe you may have been at fault for the accident, that is for the authorities to determine.
- See your doctor – Even if you feel fine, car accidents can cause a myriad of injuries that cam take days or weeks to show symptoms, so always visit your doctor.
How to Deal with Your Insurance Company after an Accident
In the state of Connecticut, all drivers must carry motor vehicle insurance with minimum liability coverage providing at least:
- $20,000 bodily injury liability for one person injured in an accident
- $40,000 bodily injury liability for all injuries in one accident
- $10,000 property damage liability for one accident
- Combined $20,000/$40,000 of uninsured /underinsured motorists bodily injury
The idea behind insurance is that, when auto accidents occur, payment will be made to the victims. This is the idea, but seldom the reality. The sad truth is, without a car accident lawyer on your side, you may not see even a fraction of what you are owed.
When you are involved in a car accident, you will need to report it to your insurance company right away. When reporting your accident, be careful to give details without suggesting you were at fault. Insurance companies know what to look for to minimize your claim and any suggestion that you are at fault can work against your best interest.
Recovering Damages Following a Collision
After a car accident, our team will work with the police and insurance companies to determine if your car accident was due to another’s negligence or wrongdoing. 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. In the instance that we are not able to recover compensation, we will absorb all fees.
We will try to get you a settlement for 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
Types of Car Accidents
The type of car accident that caused your injury can affect several different factors in your case, including who the defendants may be, what types of evidence your attorney needs to gather, which laws apply to your case, and how long you have to file a case.
Some of the most common types of car accidents include:
- Driver Negligence: The most common type of auto accident involves driver negligence. A negligent driver is defined as someone who was reckless, distracted, or else willfully violated traffic laws, leading to the circumstances of your accident. Connecticut is a modified comparative negligence state that follows the “51% rule,” meaning you can only recover compensation if it is ruled that you were 50% or less at fault for the accident. The amount of damages you are able to recover will be reduced by the degree of your fault.
- Defective Vehicle Accidents: Sometimes, a defect or a faulty component in the vehicle itself is the root cause of an auto accident. The following parties can potentially be held liable in an auto accident caused by a defective vehicle: the car manufacturer, a car dealership, an auto mechanic, or a car rental company.
- Hazardous Roadway Accidents: Hazardous roadways are another potential cause of car accidents. Potholes, missing road signs, a malfunctioning traffic signal, or debris that was not cleared from the road can all contribute to dangerous conditions. If you can prove that the government entities responsible for the maintenance of the roads were negligent in addressing these hazards, you can potentially hold them accountable for your injuries.
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Our team is dedicated to getting you back to the life you had before. We will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. For help with your case, please contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP today and speak with a dedicated representative about your case. We serve clients in Norwalk, Bridgeport, Stamford, Ridgefield, and other communities throughout the state.