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Types of Car Accidents

Experienced Ridgefield Personal Injury Attorneys Explain

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. Our experienced Ridgefield auto accident attorneys at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP can evaluate your case during a free consultation, help you better understand your rights, and explain how best to proceed.

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident anywhere in Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, or Stamford, Connecticut, we encourage you to retain the assistance of our highly experienced team.

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. Sometimes – such as in a rear-end collision – it may be obvious which driver is at fault in a car accident. Other cases will require a more thorough investigation.

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. Using evidence, witness testimonies, and proven legal strategies, our attorneys fight to keep your percentage of fault as low as possible, helping you pursue the full amount of compensation you are entitled to.

Defective Vehicle Accidents

Sometimes, a defect or a faulty component in the vehicle itself is the root cause of an auto accident. This is another reason why it is so important to hire an experienced car accident lawyer to fully investigate your accident.

The following parties can potentially be held liable in an auto accident caused by a defective vehicle:

  • Car manufacturer
  • Car dealership
  • Auto mechanic
  • 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.

Work Within the Statute of Limitations

There is only a short window of time, known as the statute of limitations, to file a case where a government entity is the defendant, which is why it is essential to speak with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident.

If you need help determining the exact cause and type of your auto accident, please contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Ridgefield car accident lawyers. We represent injured accident victims in Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, and Stamford, Connecticut.

Contact us today at (888) 244-5480 to learn more about how we can assist you.

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