After a Car Accident, Prompt Action Can Be the Key to Recovery. Our Stratford Car Accident Attorneys Can Act Immediately to Protect Your Legal Rights
Being injured in a car accident can be a life-altering experience. In order to minimize the consequences of someone else’s mistake, you need to seek medical treatment, right away, and you should discuss your legal rights with a lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to significant financial compensation for your injuries. But in order to recover this compensation, you need to avoid mistakes that the insurance companies can use against you.
In Connecticut, most car accident claims are governed by the law of negligence. If a negligent driver hit you or caused you to lose control, you are entitled to full compensation for all of your financial and non-financial losses. As long as the driver who hit you is insured, the process of recovering just compensation will most likely involve dealing with his or her insurer. But, while this may sound simple enough, the reality is that the insurance companies rarely (if ever) offer accident victims the compensation they truly deserve.
At Berkowitz Hanna, we can deal with the insurance companies for you. We can make sure you receive the treatment you need from a trusted medical professional, and we can accurately calculate full compensation for your injury-related losses. We will work diligently to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf, and, if necessary, we will take the other driver’s insurance company to trial. Getting started is simple; all you have to do is give us a call. To speak with a skilled Stratford car accident lawyer for free, call now.
Proving Liability After a Car Accident in Stratford, CT
There are many different forms of driver negligence. With a long history of experience, we can promptly conduct a thorough investigation to determine who was at fault in your accident and what evidence is available to prove it. Armed with this information, we can then aggressively pursue an insurance claim on your behalf. While every case is unique, most cases involve one or more of the following factors:
- Aggressive Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Drunk Driving
- Failure to Yield
- Fatigued Driving
- Following Too Closely
- Merging Errors
- Reckless Driving
- Running a Red Light or Stop Sign
We also handle cases involving vehicle defects. In vehicle defect cases, you do not need to prove negligence in order to secure a financial recovery. However, there are other aspects of these “products liability” cases that make them unique, and we have the experience necessary to handle complex vehicle defect cases in Connecticut as well. Some examples of common vehicle defects include:
- Defective accelerators
- Defective airbags
- Defective brakes
- Defective engines and transmissions
- Defective headlights, turn signals, and brake lights
- Defective tires
In addition to driver negligence and vehicle defects, issues with the road can cause serious and fatal accidents as well. This includes issues related to the road’s construction and issues related to road maintenance. From slippery road surfaces to potholes, we help auto accident victims in Connecticut recover just compensation for issues caused by:
- Negligent road design
- Negligent road construction
- Defects in asphalt and other road surface materials
- Missing signage
- Failure to perform necessary road maintenance
- Failure to make necessary road repairs
- Failure to treat the road or adequately clear snow or ice
- Road construction site hazards
Regardless of whether your accident was the result of driver negligence, a vehicle defect, an issue with the road, or some combination of the above, acting quickly is the key to securing just compensation for your losses. This includes seeking medical attention right away and speaking with a Stratford car accident lawyer as soon as possible. At Berkowitz Hanna, we have decades of experience and extensive knowledge of the local roads and local health care providers. When you contact us, we can begin investigating the cause (or causes) of your accident immediately, and we can help you find a local doctor who has the expertise required to accurately diagnose and treat your injuries.
What to Expect When You Choose Our Firm to Represent You
We understand that many people are apprehensive about speaking with an attorney. We know that dealing with insurance companies is stressful, and we know most people assume that hiring an attorney will make the process more contentious and more drawn out. At Berkowitz Hanna, we want you to know that this is not the case. When you hire our firm to represent you, our Stratford car accident attorneys and legal professionals will:
- Schedule a time to meet in person at a time and location that are convenient for you
- Explain your options in detail, and walk you through the steps involved in recovering just compensation for your losses
- Work closely with you and your doctors to understand the long-term effects and financial costs of your injuries
- Hire accident reconstructionists, financial planners, and other experts to prove the cause of the accident and the extent of your losses
- Deal with the insurance companies on your behalf, and work diligently to negotiate a fair settlement
- Ensure you have all of the information you need in order to make informed decisions about settling your claim
- Be available to answer your questions 24/7 as we work to achieve a favorable result as quickly as possible
Connecticut Car Accident FAQs: What Do You Need to Know After a Crash in Stratford?
Q: Do I need to report the accident to my insurance company?
Yes. Even if you are sure that the other driver was at fault, you still need to report the accident to your insurance company. However, you do not need to give a recorded statement, and you absolutely should not say anything about who you think was at fault. Stick to the basic facts: where and when the accident occurred. Your Stratford car accident lawyer can take over for you from there.
Q: Am I entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering?
Maybe. Pain and suffering are considered non-financial losses under Connecticut law, and they are losses for which just compensation is available. In order to recover compensation for your pain and suffering, you will need to be able to prove both: (i) the extent of your pain and suffering; and, (ii) that your pain and suffering were caused by the accident.
Q: What other losses can I recover?
In addition to pain and suffering, as a car crash victim in Stratford, you can seek full compensation for all of your other accident-related losses. In a typical case, this will include past and future medical expenses, other out-of-pocket costs, loss of income, emotional trauma, and various other forms of non-financial harm. However, every case is unique. And in order to determine what types of damages are available in your case, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Discuss Your Car Accident Claim with an Attorney in Stratford, CT
If you need to speak with a Stratford car accident attorney, we encourage you to contact us, right away. We also handle other personal injury cases such as car accident, truck accident and medical malpractice. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call or tell us how to reach you online now.