Connecticut Car Accident Lawyer
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Haymond Law represents clients who have suffered personal injuries or property damage in car accidents, including those involving drunk or hit and run drivers, uninsured or underinsured drivers.
Every year in Connecticut, nearly 300 people die in car accidents on state roads. On average, a third are speed related, and a third are alcohol related. Thousands of others are injured in car accidents, and some of these injuries can be severe and life altering. If you have been in a Connecticut car accident, you may have suffered whiplash or burns to your head or neck, have nerve damage or spinal chord paralysis, broken or dislocated a bone or limb, or even have lost the use of a limb.
Haymond Law understands that your immediate goals after going through such trauma are to get your medical bills paid and covered, make sure you do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and make sure your insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injury. Our experienced attorneys will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.
What to do after a Motor Vehicle Accident
If you have been in a car accident in Connecticut, it is important to take action to protect your rights. Every insurance company employs adjusters, investigators and attorneys whose job is to minimize the compensation paid to those injured people. It is in your best interests to contact Haymond Law before talking with an insurance representative.
Accident victims should be thoroughly examined by a doctor, since seemingly minor injuries often develop into major health problems. Even if you do not have obvious injuries — broken bones, cuts, lacerations or bruises — you may have sustained a connective-tissue or brain injury which, if left untreated, could cause major health problems in the long term.
If you’re involved in a car accident, you should:
- Keep your auto insurance information in the glove compartment, including a pre-printed form allowing you to provide the particulars of any accident, including a sketch of the scene. (Even better, keep a disposable camera in your car.)
- Stay at the scene of the accident until police have come and gone, making sure you have the name of the officer(s) and that they have your version of what happened. Do not assume a police report will “take you off the hook” or even that one will be generated in the event of a minor accident (“minor” may mean no one is injured even though your car suffers a direct hit).
- Exchange names, addresses, driver’s license and insurance information with the driver of the other car.
- Review your policy to make sure of your coverage. Make a list of questions and related information you want to know.
- Report the accident promptly to your insurance company. This may not seem wise or necessary to you. The accident may be minor, you may not want to risk seeing your rates rise or you may live in a no-fault state and think that the other driver’s insurance company will pay for everything. But state laws generally protect you from higher rates unless an accident was your fault. And even though you may think no-fault lets you off the hook for the other driver’s medical expenses, it does not.
If you were injured by another person’s carelessness or recklessness, you may be entitled to recover damages that include medical costs, property loss, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The injury attorneys at Haymond Law understand that as an accident victim or the family of a victim, you may be overwhelmed and suffering from emotional, physical and financial injuries. Contact us today for a free personal injury case evaluation.