Car accidents can be devastating and can change your life in a matter of seconds.
Last year, there were 96,165 total crashes, with 180,782 vehicles and 230,621 people involved in Connecticut. Around 50% of these accidents resulted in fatal injuries. Just thinking about these numbers can be overwhelming.
Here’s what you can do if you are injured in a car crash.
Establishing fault is the first step in determining who is responsible for a car accident. Connecticut is no longer a no-fault state, so whoever caused the accident can be held accountable for any damages incurred after the crash.
Often, the police will create an accident report to establish who is at fault. The information will include the details of the accident, such as who was involved, what happened, and who is at fault. Insurance companies will also conduct their own investigation to determine who is responsible.
However, you might also want to collect evidence to prove that you did not cause the crash. You may gather witness statements or pictures of the scene – your dash camera footage may be a big help here.
It is also vital to seek medical attention immediately, even if you do not initially feel injured. Some injuries may not be evident right away, but may have long-term effects if not discovered early. Seeking medical attention will ensure that you receive the necessary treatment. But more importantly, it may help establish a record of your injuries that can be used in your case.
Connecticut law allows compensation for various damages, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Property damages
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
When it is proven that the other driver is at fault, your expenses may be covered by their insurance company. The tricky thing is that since insurance companies are for-profit, they typically try to pay as little as possible. You may want to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to negotiate a fair settlement. They can help you ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Note that the damages can be agreed upon at a settlement negotiation. Should the case be brought to court, it may be decided by a judge or a jury during trial.
Accidents happen. When they do, it is crucial to understand your legal rights.