Car Accident Lawyers in West Hartford
Auto accidents are among the top causes of personal injury and wrongful death in this country. Each time you get behind the wheel of your car, you run the risk of becoming involved in a dangerous if not deadly car crash. One of these events can change your life in an instant, which is why it is more important than ever that you understand how to protect your rights.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved in a Connecticut car crash that was caused by an act of negligence, we encourage you to seek the advice of a qualified auto accident attorney as soon as possible. The Connecticut car crash attorneys at The Upton Law Firm, LLC represent accident victims and their families throughout the state.
Common Causes of Car Crashes
The Connecticut Department of Transportation reports that traffic crashes in the state increased 15.4% in 2015 to 111,497. Both fatalities and injuries were also up that same year, with 305 deaths and 36,001 injuries on Connecticut roads. In many cases, our clients have been involved in serious accidents that were the fault of another person. Common causes of these accidents include:
- Distracted Driving. Distracted driving accidents have become so prevalent in the U.S. that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has labeled them an epidemic and the insurance injury blames them for rate increases. In Connecticut, most distracted driving crashes happen during the evening commute hours and are due to drivers rubbernecking or looking at electronic devices inside their vehicle.
- Driving Under the Influence. Under the influence crashes involve drivers who are suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This includes illegal drugs as well as prescription and over the counter medication.
- Fatigued Driving. Asleep or fatigued driving crashes can be just as dangerous and deadly as DUI crashes. In Connecticut, these accidents are most likely to take place between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
- Speed and Aggressive Driving. Excessive speed can either cause an accident or contribute to its severity. Most speed-related crashes in Connecticut are due to drivers operating their vehicles too fast for conditions. Others relate to speed exceeding the posted limit and racing. Most aggressive driving crashes involve either excessive speed, drivers following too closely, or both.
You Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Someone Else’s Negligence
At the Upton Law Firm, we are committed to helping our clients hold careless drivers accountable for the harm that they have caused. Our aggressive legal team is devoted to protecting your rights and pursuing the highest award possible for your damages. You are entitled to collect for:
- Past and future medical care
- Property damage
- Lost earnings and diminished future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
We Deal With Insurance Companies on Your Behalf
Car accidents can be stressful and confusing events. You’ve probably lost access to your primary means of transportation, may be losing time from work, and are being hit with some expected medical bills. Even if fault clearly lies on the shoulders of the other party, it may not be an easy road to fully collect for the entirety of your damages.
The reality is that insurance companies have deep pockets and paying out a fair settlement isn’t their number one concern. They would rather either deny your claim outright or attempt to quickly settle for much less than your case is worth. This is why we caution clients about speaking to insurance companies for any reason.
Your best approach is to have a seasoned and knowledgeable advocate on your side from the beginning. We will conduct an independent investigation of your accident and deal with the insurance companies and other providers on your behalf. Our legal team has the contacts and resources necessary to help coordinate your medical care, negotiate a fair settlement, and litigate your case when the circumstances require it.
How Negligence Laws in Connecticut Impact Auto Accident Cases
The best case scenario when you’re in a car crash is to have no injuries or damages. Unfortunately, this is rare. More commonly, the carelessness or wrongdoing of another party leads to serious injury and other losses. But, what happens when the other side tries to allege that you were also responsible for the accident? In the real world, this a common occurrence and the result depends on the negligence laws in your state.
The good news is that Connecticut is not a contributory negligence state. Several U.S. states use this rule, which would bar any recovery should you hold even one percent of the responsibility for a crash. Our state operates by the comparative negligence doctrine, which means that you can still recover damages even if you are partially at fault provided you are not more at fault than the other party. The degree to which you are at fault may become a point of contention in your case, which is just one more reason why you should have an experienced Connecticut car accident attorney in your corner.
The Upton Law Firm Can Help After an Auto Accident
At The Upton Law Firm, LLC, we understand that car accidents are not only inconvenient but that they also create tremendous financial hardships on their victims and families. Our firm has been successful in pursuing justice on behalf of Connecticut accident victims as well as collecting full and fair monetary damages.
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident that was the fault of another party, you deserve compensation for your losses. Only a qualified auto accident attorney can make sure that your case is properly filed and in the time allotted by law.
Please remember that you only have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim for damages in Connecticut. Waiting too long to take action could result in evidence disappearing or even losing your chance to collect compensation. Contact us as soon as possible at (860) 893-0558 or online to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case.