Aeton Law’s personal injury attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience representing Connecticut residents injured by the negligence and recklessness of drivers. We have settled or have trial experience in virtually every type of motor vehicle accident in Connecticut, including rear-end collisions, improper turn accidents, hit and runs, motor vehicle v. pedestrian accidents, DUI accidents, motorcycle accidents, and motor vehicle v. bicycle accidents.
We also represent drivers who are injured by roadway defects while operating a motor vehicle in Connecticut, including poor road maintenance like potholes, faulty control signals, design defects, narrow lanes, and fallen debris.
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Motor Vehicle Accidents in Connecticut
Connecticut is widely considered to have some of the most dangerous roads in the country. Auto accidents, including fatal motor vehicle collisions, occur too frequently on roads like Interstate 95 in New London County, the Merritt Parkway, Interstate 85 in Waterbury, and Interstate 91 through New Haven, Middletown, Rocky Hill, and Hartford.
Heavy congestion, significant tractor-trailer traffic, poor road conditions, and bad driving are all leading factors. In 2018, the last year reported by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, there were 291 deaths reported from motor vehicle accidents. Serious injuries caused by negligent drivers occur daily in Connecticut. Connecticut motor vehicle operators, pedestrians, and bicycle riders who are injured by negligent and reckless drivers frequently suffer concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, whiplash, soft tissue injuries. In addition, car accidents cause missed time from work, out-of-pocket expenses, and the hassle of dealing with a damaged or “totaled” motor vehicle.
Auto Insurance Coverage for Serious Injuries
The injuries and damages should be covered by the at-fault driver’s auto insurance. In Connecticut, motor vehicles are required to be covered under what is known as “liability insurance.” Liability insurance coverers the at-fault driver’s and vehicle owner’s liability to you for the negligence of the driver. If the other driver or vehicle owner follows the law, then you likely will not have to make a claim against your own insurance policy. Currently, Connecticut requires minimum liability insurance of $25,000.00 per person and $50,000.00 per accident.
In some cases, the negligent or reckless driver that is responsible for the auto accident has more coverage than the minimum. The driver or owner may also have other insurance policies that may provide for coverage in addition to the auto policy, such as excess or umbrella coverage. If the at-fault driver was operating a work vehicle, then the driver’s employer may have business insurance that covers your damages from the accident, too.
Aeton Law’s auto accident attorneys will attempt to determine every possible insurance policy that may cover the injuries and damages you have been caused to suffer as a result of another driver’s negligence.
If you are the victim of a car accident, give our personal injury attorney’s a call at 1877-Aeton24 or text Injury to 474747. We are happy to answer any questions you have and walk through your options.
Recovering Compensation for Property Damages and Personal Injury
Simply put, the driver and the owner of the motor vehicle are responsible for the damages your passengers and you suffer in an auto accident. In legal terms, Connecticut is an “at-fault” state for determining which party bears the financial responsibility in remedying any losses. A car accident victim may recover damages from the party who is determined to be “at-fault.”
Connecticut is also what is called a “comparative fault” state. This means that an “at-fault” party is only responsible for the percentage for the total amount of damages of the injured party that is equal to the percentage of fault attributed to the at-fault driver.
As an example, let’s say you were riding a bicycle down a road in West Hartford, Connecticut. Two people are operating separate cars in opposite directions. One car is speeding and the other crosses the double-yellow line. The motor vehicles collide and strike you while you are on the sidewalk. You bring a lawsuit in Hartford, Connecticut.
In this scenario, your personal injury attorney may consider suing both drivers. A jury may find that one of the drivers is 75% at fault for your injuries and that the other driver is 25% at fault. If the jury awards $1,000,000 in damages for your injuries, then the driver who is 75% at fault would be liable for $75,000.00 and the 25% at-fault driver would be liable for $25,000.00.
Lawsuits for Personal Injuries Received in a Motor Vehicle Accident
Nearly always, a lawsuit alleging damages from a car accident is brought under a doctrine called “negligence.” To prove negligence, the plaintiff (the person who brings the lawsuit) must prove four things: duty, breach, causation, and injuries. You can think of it as two categories called liability and damages. To prove which party involved in a car accident is liable, serious injury attorneys attempt to recreate the accident using various pieces of evidence. Some of the most useful items of evidence to prove liability are:
- Video Recordings (Surveillance Footage, Dash Cam, Cell Phone Video).
- Police Reports.
- Witness Statements.
When you hire our personal injury attorneys, we immediately begin our own investigation. We send out our private investigators to interview witnesses, secure and preserve any available video evidence and other information and gather information on all potentially responsible parties. We also retain, at no upfront cost to you, some of the best experts in-country, including accident reconstructions. We have experts who will start collecting data from motor vehicle “black boxes” and other data recordings as soon as possible.
Our auto accident attorneys know what evidence to look for, where to find it, and how to get it.
If another person or business is liable for your injuries, then the next step is to determine what your “damages” are. Damages fall into two types: economic and non-economic. Economic damages include items out-of-pocket expenses, co-pays, missed work, and, mainly, medical bills. These damages are generally easy to calculate, and easy to prove.
Non-economic damages are much more difficult to calculate. Simply put, non-economic damages include your pain and suffering and take into account your injuries, how it has affected your life, and how it may continue to affect your life in the future. There is no scientific way to determine your non-economic damages.
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For these damages, the more experienced your attorney the more likely you are to recover appropriate non-economic damages. This is because an experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney will understand what cases similar to yours have settled for and how the insurance company will attempt to reduce the value of your claim. If your case goes to trial, then an experienced trial attorney will be able to effectively persuade the jury how significant your injuries are, and how they have impacted your life.
Your “damages” will be the total of your economic damages and your non-economic damages.
If you have questions about your auto accident, give us a call at 877-Aeton24 or text Injury to 474747.
Meet Nate Baber the managing partner of the firm’s personal injury practice.