If you have been involved in any type of motor vehicle collision in the State of Connecticut, The Kaufmann Law Offices can help you to learn and protect your rights, while fighting for the compensation you justly deserve.
Types of Driver Negligence Resulting in Car & Truck Accidents:
Motor vehicle accidents, or MVA’s, are a daily occurrence worldwide, and most can be avoided because they are due to someone’s negligence or inattention. All licensed motor vehicle drivers, whether of a car, truck or motorcycle, have an obligation to adhere to the safety rules from the Department of Motor Vehicles, to be vigilant, and to take the responsibility of exercising willful care on the road. Any deterrence from this is considered driver negligence:
- Improper Cell Phone Use (Texting or Handheld Talking)
- Lane Veering
- Failure to Yield or Signal
- Reckless Driving or Road Rage
- Falling Asleep
- Driving While Under the Influence
Reporting the Car or Truck Accident:
For all MVA’s, the first step is to have the police called to the scene of the accident. This is one of the best ways to establish the other driver’s fault. Also, in the State of Connecticut it is illegal to not stop and exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver, and contact the police if necessary. Failure to stop and do so is considered to be a hit and run accident, and can result in criminal charges, including a felony if the accident caused an accidental or wrongful death.
The police will conduct an investigation, which should establish liability for you. You will likely have to give a statement for the police report. Be honest, but be careful what you say. If you are unsure of something, say so, but do not guess. All automobile insurance policies issued in the State of Connecticut require you to notify your insurance company after you have been involved in an accident, no matter whose fault it was. Call your insurance company immediately and report the accident in accordance with the procedures laid out for you in your insurance policy.
The other driver’s insurance company may contact you in order to talk to you, and/or take your personal statement regarding the accident. DO NOT TALK TO THEM OR SIGN ANYTHING THEY ASK YOU TO SIGN. An insurance adjuster’s main job is to try to lay the fault for causing the collision on you, and to minimize your claim. Anything that you say to them could be used to minimize the amount that you could be legally entitled to be compensated in your claim. The Kaufmann Law Offices can respond to the insurance agency for you.
Seek Medical Treatment after the Collision:
It is important that you obtain treatment for your injuries from the car or truck accident immediately for the sake of your health. If your injuries are severe enough, do not hesitate to go to the emergency department by ambulance. In car and truck accidents the most common injuries include whiplash, head shoulder or neck injuries, or broken bones; however some may even lead to more severe traumas such as crush injuries, amputation or death. No matter what the depths of your injuries are, seeking medical treatment also serves to document your injuries for future compensation for your personal injury claim. If your ability to pay for needed care and treatment is a problem because you lack medical insurance or cannot afford co-pays, The Kaufmann Law Offices can help by promising to pay your medical providers out of the proceeds of the settlement of your claim. This usually allows our clients to obtain all of the medical care that they need.
Keep Detailed Records of the Accident:
If you are able, obtain several photographs of the damage to your vehicle as soon as possible. Also, obtain a repair estimate for the damage to your vehicle, and maintain a list of your medical care providers. If possible, collect contact information from any and all possible witnesses to the accident, including passengers and bystanders. If needed, The Kaufmann Law Offices can assist in all of these areas for you.
Contact The Kaufmann Law Offices:
The time limit for filing a lawsuit against another driver for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision in Connecticut is two years. However, when a municipality is involved, the law requires you also give proper notice of your intention to bring a claim within a much shorter period of time. By contacting The Kaufmann Law Offices immediately, your lawsuit can be handled in a timely manner.
Car and truck accidents are the leading cause of personal injury and accidental death sustained by Connecticut residents each year. The Kaufmann Law Offices can assist you in personal injury claims, wrongful death, property loss, insurance investigation, compensation and much more as a result of driver negligence from the car or truck accident.
As a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, if you were involved in any type of motor vehicle collision and you or the driver reside in the Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Norwalk, Stamford or Westport areas, or anywhere in the State of Connecticut, it is important for you to preserve your legal rights and collect the compensation that should be awarded to you. Contact the law firm that has been dedicated to helping victims of personal injury receive what compensation they deserve for over two decades.