Hartford Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents can be devastating experiences that can have life-altering effects for all involved. Many victims sustain serious injuries as a result of the accident, which affect victims mentally and financially as well as physically. If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident and was left with substantial medical bills, lost wages or other damages, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. At D'Amico & Pettinicchi, our team of legal professionals has over 25 years of experience helping injured victims and their families recover millions in compensation. Partners Mike A. D’Amico and Thomas P. Pettinicchi have both been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for providing high-quality representation for their clients. Both are members of the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.
If you were injured from an auto accident, schedule a 100 percent free, no obligation consultation with our Hartford car accident lawyers. We can review your case and determine the legal options available to you. If you decide to move forward, our firm will thoroughly investigate your accident, calculate any damages suffered and aggressively pursue compensation with your best interest in mind. We do not charge any upfront fees or costs unless we help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Why Do I Need to Hire A Car Accident Attorney?
Car accidents occur every day and the likelihood of being involved in one increases the more you are on the road. While accidents can result in minor physical injuries or property damage, the most severe accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death.
If you were injured in a car accident, you should consider contacting a lawyer. A licensed Hartford car accident lawyer can help you in the following ways:
- File your claim before time runs out – If your attorney is unable to reach agreement on a favorable settlement with the insurance company, he or she may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf to obtain fair compensation. Connecticut has a statute of limitations for these lawsuits – if your lawsuit is not filed before time runs out, you no longer have the right to file a lawsuit. Under Connecticut law you have two years from the date of the accident to bring a lawsuit. Our lawyers understand Connecticut law and can help make sure that you meet any deadlines needed to move your case forward.
- Build a strong case on your behalf – A skilled Hartford car accident attorney will work to build a strong case to prove the other party is at-fault for the accident. There are many steps we can take to build a case, including reconstructing the accident scene, interviewing witnesses present at your accident, gathering medical records of your injuries and contacting medical experts to determine the severity of your injuries.
- Calculate the value of your damages – Our car accident lawyers in Hartford will also help document and calculate the value of all of your losses so we can pursue full compensation. This could include various damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
- Communicate with the insurance companies – Insurance companies are only looking out for their best interests. Their primary motivation is to make money, which means they are not motivated to offer you fair compensation. Instead, they will likely try to offer the lowest possible amount of compensation. An attorney can negotiate with the insurance company for full compensation for your damages. The attorneys at D'Amico & Pettinicchi have years of experience negotiating with insurance companies and know what it takes to be successful.
If you are still hesitant in hiring a lawyer, your initial consultation is 100 percent free and comes with no obligation to pursue a claim. Our lawyers can advise you of your rights and legal options. If our Hartford auto accident attorneys determine that you have a valid case, we can manage every step of the process.
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Compensation for Car Accident Cases
Connecticut follows a fault-based system, which means the at-fault driver is held responsible for damages from the crash. This means that the at-fault driver must compensate anyone injured in the accident, including other drivers, passengers and pedestrians involved.
If you suffer any injuries in a car accident as a result of another’s negligence, you have the following three options for recovering compensation in your case:
- Filing a car accident claim with your insurance company if you believe your losses will be covered under your policy.
- Filing a third-party claim directly with the at-fault driver’s insurance company in hopes the driver is fully insured and can cover your damages.
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver with the assistance of a skilled attorney.
Determining who is at-fault can be challenging without the aid of a skilled and knowledgeable car accident attorney in Hartford.
Modified Comparative Negligence
If you are 20 percent at fault, your compensation my be reduced...
Connecticut also follows a modified comparative negligence law when it comes to obtaining compensation in car accident cases. If you are found to be less than 50 percent at fault, you may be able to recover damages. Your compensation award will be reduced according to your percentage of fault. If you are 20 percent at fault, your compensation would be reduced by 20 percent, for example.
However, if you are found to be 50 percent or more at fault, you will not be entitled to recover any damages. This is true no matter how severe your injuries.
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Connecticut Car Insurance Laws
Under Connecticut law, all drivers are required to have minimum amounts of liability car insurance coverage. This includes:
- Bodily injury liability - All drivers must purchase $25,000 in coverage per person and $50,000 total for each accident.
- Property damage liability - Drivers must have $25,000 in coverage per accident.
In addition to liability insurance, you must also carry uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This covers any bodily injury to you and any passengers injured in the accident either caused by an uninsured driver or a driver who does not have the right amount of insurance coverage to cover your medical bills.
The minimum amount of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage required by law is $25,000 per person and $50,000 total per accident.
The minimum amount of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage required by law is $25,000 per person and $50,000 total per accident.
Connecticut also requires insurance companies issuing new car insurance policies to inform you of underinsured motorist conversion coverage. This can be purchased in addition to your underinsured motorist coverage to recover other forms of payment. For example, if you have underinsured coverage of $300,000 and suffer $400,000 in injuries caused by a driver with only $200,000 in bodily injury liability, conversion coverage will allow you to recover $200,00 from the driver’s insurance and another $200,000 from your own underinsured coverage.
You can purchase additional coverage on your policy, such as:
- Collision coverage – This coverage helps to pay for any car accident-related damages.
- Comprehensive coverage – This coverage only pays for damages to your car that were not caused by a car accident. This can include vandalism, theft, hitting an animal or bird, falling objects and broken/shattered windshields.
When another driver does not have the insurance or minimum amount of coverage needed to cover your damages and losses after a car accident, you should contact our Hartford car accident lawyers as soon as possible. We can review the details of your insurance policy and determine if there is enough coverage available to compensate you for your injuries.
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What Should I Do After A Car Accident?
After being involved in a car accident, you may be in shock and unsure about what to do next. You may be thinking that one wrong move could hurt your chances of recovering fair compensation. Unfortunately, you might be right, as your actions right after a crash can help or hurt your chances of recovering fair compensation. A couple missteps could cause the insurance company to make a lowball offer or deny compensation altogether.
Following the steps outlined below could help make things a little easier:
Seek Medical Treatment
In the moments after your accident, assess your situation and make safety your first priority. Make sure to see a doctor so he or she can treat you for any injuries you may have sustained. A doctor will document your injuries and provide a care plan for recovery.
Even if you believe your injuries to be minor, it is still important to get checked out by a medical professional. You may have significant injuries and symptoms that will not appear until days or weeks after your car accident, such as a traumatic brain injury or herniated disc. Waiting to seek treatment could cause your condition to get much worse and affect you for a longer time than it would if you sought treatment sooner.
Make sure to obtain copies of your medical records, because they are official accounts of the injuries you suffered and the cause of those injuries.
File a Police Report
Call 9-1-1 and cooperate with the police once they arrive. Provide the basic facts of what happened. The police will use this information to complete a report on the crash. The officer may also note who he or she thinks is at fault, including any citations issued to the other driver. Once the report is filed, you can obtain a copy by filling out a request for report form.
Gather and Exchange Information
Ask witnesses about what they saw and take notes.
You should gather and exchange information with all parties involved in the car accident, including witnesses. This includes obtaining names, addresses and phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers and insurance company policy numbers. If you have the chance, ask witnesses about what they saw and take notes. They may have information that can make or break your claim.
Taking pictures of the accident scene can also prove to be extremely valuable when it comes to filing a claim. Photograph your injuries, damage to the vehicles involved, skid marks, or anything else from the scene you think may be useful.
Do Not Admit Fault
When it comes to speaking with the other parties involved, the police and the insurance company, do not admit fault or say anything else that can be used against you. If you admit fault, it will be easier for the insurance company to hold you responsible, which could hurt your chances of recovering fair compensation or any compensation.
You may be partially at fault for the crash, but it is best to let that come out as the crash is investigated.
Consult an Attorney
You may not think you need legal representation after a car accident, but you could greatly benefit from hiring an attorney who will advocate for your best interests. The insurance company is not looking out for you – they are focused on paying out the lowest possible settlement.
Our firm does not charge for consultations which means we can examine your situation for free and determine whether or not you have a valid case to recover damages. Our Hartford car accident attorneys understand what you are going through. We know the last thing you want to think about is filing paperwork and dealing with insurance companies. Our attorneys can manage the process on your behalf while you try to recover from your injuries. This includes dealing with the insurance company and negotiating compensation.
Call (866) 848-7077 today to see how we might be able to help you.
Common Causes of Car Crashes
Many types of car accidents can be prevented because they are caused by various types of negligent, reckless behavior:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Fatigued driving
- Reckless driving
- Disobeying traffic laws
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Aggressive driving
- Improper turns
- Wrong-way driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Road rage
- Street racing
Although you cannot control the actions of others while driving, there are certain precautions you can take to help reduce your risk of a crash. This includes avoiding distractions while driving, maintaining a consistent, legal speed and keeping plenty of distance between your car and the other cars around you.
If another driver is reckless and causes an accident that injures you, you could benefit from contacting an attorney. A car accident attorney in Hartford at our firm can identify the cause of your accident and pursue compensation from the liable party or his or her insurance company.
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Types of Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents can cause a variety of serious personal injuries, including:
- Soft tissue damage
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Nerve damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Lacerations and burns
If you have experienced any of these symptoms after a car accident, it is important to seek immediate medical treatment for your injuries. If left untreated, an injury that seems minor can become much more severe.
Our knowledgeable Hartford car accident lawyers understand how difficult it can be to pursue compensation on your own. This is why we are prepared to review your case and help you recover the compensation you need to move on with your life.
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Car Accident Claims We Handle
Our car accident attorneys in Hartford are experienced in handling numerous types of car accident claims. If you were involved in any of the kinds of accidents below, contact us for a free consultation:
Rear-end collisions occur when the driver behind you hits the back of your car. These accidents are often caused by drivers not paying attention or maintaining a safe driving distance. A rear-end impact can also cause significant injuries including whiplash or other painful neck and back injuries.
Head-on collisions occur when the front of one car collides with the front of another car. These accidents are often caused by distracted or impaired driving and are often fatal when both vehicles are traveling at high speed. A head-on impact can also result in serious injuries including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Side-impact crashes occur when one side of a car is hit by the front or rear of another car. Also known as T-bone collisions, these accidents are often caused by drivers running a red light and crashing into traffic that passes in front of them.
Hit-and-run crashes occur when a driver hits another car or pedestrian and leaves the accident scene. These accidents are often caused by negligent drivers who are not paying attention. A hit-and-run can cause serious injuries which can be even more severe if there is a delay in medical care.
Rollover collisions occur when a car rolls over on its side or roof during an accident. These collisions are often caused by sharp turns at high speed or other driver errors. SUVs have a greater risk of rolling over compared to other cars because they have a higher center of gravity.
Multiple-vehicle collisions occur when many cars collide into one another causing a domino effect. These collisions are usually caused by an existing car accident on the freeway or highway that results in heavy, congested traffic. Some cars can be hit multiple times, increasing the risk of serious injuries.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident, contact a qualified Hartford car accident attorney who can explore your legal options and help with your claim.
Call D'Amico & Pettinicchi now at (866) 848-7077 to get started on your claim.
Contact Our Hartford Auto Accident Lawyers
Have you been involved in car accident and suffered serious injuries?
Our Hartford personal injury lawyers can review your case and determine if you have a valid claim. We are committed to defending your best interests and fighting to obtain the compensation deserved.
At D'Amico & Pettinicchi, we have decades of experience helping personal injury victims like yourself and will aggressively pursue all options available to recover compensation for any physical and emotional damages suffered.
We offer free, no obligation initial consultations and work on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no upfront costs or legal fees unless we help you recover favorable compensation.