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What To Do If You Are Injured In A Car Crash

Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 19, 2014 in Car Accidents

Although specifics may vary depending on the details of the accident, these tips and legal theories can help most victims of car crashes.

Car accidents are not uncommon. In fact, according to Connecticut's Department of Transportation's Bureau of Policy and Planning's most recent report, there were 104,187 accidents in Connecticut in 2008 alone. These accidents led to 36,357 injuries and 303 fatalities.

Those who find themselves in this situation can take comfort in the fact that they are not alone, and that there are steps that can be taken to help protect their legal rights.

Steps to follow if injured in a car accident

Although the details may vary depending on the circumstances around the crash, some basic steps to follow after being involved in a car accident include:

  • Call police. If there are injuries or property damage, call the police. Have the police file a report and obtain a copy.
  • Seek medical attention. If you are injured seek medical attention immediately. Even relatively minor pain can be a sign of a more serious injury.
  • Take photos. Take pictures of injuries, the location of the accident and damage to the vehicle.
  • Keep records. Take detailed notes of injuries and medical care, rehabilitative treatments and chiropractic visits as well as auto mechanic receipts and financial losses like lost wages.
  • Contact an attorney. A legal professional can help guide you through the process, better ensuring you receive the highest amount possible to cover the costs associated with the accident.

Although insurance companies may offer a prompt and tempting settlement, those injured in a car crash are wise to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney.

Legal theories used to help victims after an accident

An auto accident attorney can expand a victim's case and help the victim better understand his or her legal rights. A variety of legal theories are available to determine liability in a car crash and better ensure victims receive the compensation they are entitled to. Two of the more common are:

  • Negligence. This legal theory is used to prove that a driver's carelessness contributed to the accident. This may be an option in instances when a driver fails to follow traffic signals.
  • Reckless driving. This option applies in situations when a driver knowingly operates a vehicle in a manner that is likely to cause harm to others. Drunk driving or drag racing could potentially fall into this legal theory.

Determining which legal theory is relevant to your case as well as gathering the necessary evidence and witnesses needed to build the case can be an arduous process. An injury attorney can ease this process while helping to better ensure the victims receive the compensation they are entitled to.