Waterbury Car Accident Lawyers
Have you recently been involved in an auto collision? Did you suffer injuries as a result of another driver’s negligence? You may be entitled to compensation. The experienced Waterbury car accident lawyers at D’Amico & Pettinicchi can help.
Our award winning co-founder Mike D'Amico was recently named "Best Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers®" and is a member of the Waterbury Bar Association, the Litchfield Bar Association and also the Connecticut Bar Association. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency basis. That means you do not owe a penny unless we recover compensation for you.
The team at our law firm has worked on a number of car accident cases in Waterbury and throughout Connecticut, with some of our clients recovering more than $1 million.
Contact us today for a free consultation by calling (866) 848-7077.
How Much Time Do I Have To File A Claim?
The state of Connecticut has a two year statute of limitations (Conn. Gen. Stat. Ch. 926 Sec. 52-58). This means that injury victims have up to two years to file a lawsuit. This time period begins on the date of your accident.
Victims also have two years to file a lawsuit for property damages - an example of this would be to obtain compensation for damages to your vehicle or for items inside the vehicle that were damaged in the collision.
In the state of Connecticut, injury victims have up to two years to file a lawsuit.
It's also important to note that after consulting a reputable attorney, you may want to file an insurance claim shortly after the accident.
The reason for this is because firstly, your claim will be filed within any allocated time frames that are set by the insurance agency, while secondly, it may also provide your lawyer with leverage while terms of the insurance settlement are being discussed.
Should the settlement amount not be sufficient, your attorney will know that you still have the option of potentially obtaining a higher amount by taking the claim to court.
Obtaining Compensation For Your Claim
When filing a compensation claim, two very important elements must be proven to help validate your case:
- As the plaintiff (the person that has brought the legal action), you must prove that the accused was negligent in their actions and that negligence was the cause of the accident (either wholly or in part)
- As the plaintiff, you must prove that the injuries that you sustained were the direct result of that accident
In certain instances, the defense lawyers may argue that while the other driver did cause the accident, they were NOT negligent in their actions. They may also argue that an unavoidable circumstance or other emergency contributed to the accident.
Being prepared for these types of obstacles is where a knowledgeable Waterbury car accident attorney can help. At our law firm, we have been holding insurance agencies accountable for decades and have successfully recovered more than $20,000,000 in compensation specifically from accidents involving motor vehicles.
Common Causes of Waterbury Auto Accidents
The vast majority of traffic accidents are due to dangerous driving behavior or negligence. When you have suffered a serious injury or loss of a loved one in an accident, knowing it was entirely preventable can only worsen the grief.
To help keep Waterbury streets safer for drivers, please be mindful of these dangerous driving behaviors.
- Distraction—Put your cell phone down and pay attention to the road. A growing number of accidents are being caused by drivers who were busy texting or checking their Facebook status on their smartphones. Whatever it is, it can wait until you are pulled over and parked. Other distractions include reading, applying makeup or fiddling with your audio device.
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)—Intoxicated driving accounts for over 30 percent of all traffic fatalities nationally. In Waterbury, seven of the eight fatal accidents in 2013 involved alcohol. If you are going to drink, designate a non-drinking driver or arrange for alternative transportation.
- Speeding—Although speeding does not get the same attention as texting and DUI, it is a leading cause of car accidents and traffic fatalities. Going too fast will make it harder to avoid unexpected objects in the road. Slow down and stay within the posted speed limit. If visibility is low or there is snow and ice on the road, reduce your speed.
- Drowsy Driving—Drowsy driving is highly dangerous. If you have trouble keeping your eyes open, you are putting everyone on the road and in your car at risk. Even if you are not falling asleep at the wheel, just being over-tired can slow your reaction time and reduce your awareness. Make sure you get a good night’s rest before driving and take periodic naps if you are on a long road trip.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Waterbury
If you have just been in a car accident in Waterbury, you may be feeling shock, confusion or anger. Your first concern should be for the safety of yourself and your passengers.
But if someone is seriously injured, do not make the mistake of assuming everything will be taken care of by your insurance company. Remember, insurance companies are businesses who make money by collecting premiums and lose money when they have to pay on claims.
Remember these simple steps if you’ve been in a car accident:
- Check for injuries—If you or a passenger is injured, call 911 immediately. Injuries that appear minor on the outside could be more severe than you think. The faster an ambulance arrives, the better.
- Look for smoke—If you see any signs of fire, get away from the vehicle and advise everyone else to do the same. A car on fire can explode, shooting metal fragments into the air.
- Wait for help to arrive—Do not leave the scene of the accident until emergency services have arrived and checked everyone out. Make sure you speak with the police, giving them as many details as possible. Ask if you can have a copy of the police report.
- Talk to witnesses—If there are any witnesses in the area, ask if you can get their statements and contact information. They may have seen things you didn’t, which can help establish liability.
- Gather information—Record the make, model and license plate number of all vehicles involved in the crash. Take pictures of the accident, including the cars, road, tire marks and injuries.
- Exchange contacts—You may speak with the other drivers to get their insurance contact information and driver’s license numbers, but do not admit fault or apologize. Although it may seem polite to say you are sorry, this can be used against you.
- Consider hiring an attorney—If you were injured in the accident, you may want to hire an attorney. Even if you are certain you were not at fault, your insurance company might not see it that way. If there are severe injuries resulting in long-term care or expensive medical procedures, the insurance companies will likely try to deny the claim or limit their payments.
NOTE - The Connecticut DMV also provides helpful information for accident victims and their families.
Contact an experienced Waterbury car accident lawyer to get the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Reputable Waterbury Car Accident Lawyers
For more than two decades, the lawyers at D'Amico & Pettinicchi have been helping injured New Haven County motorists obtain the justice that they deserve.
The co-founding partner of our law firm - Mike D'Amico - has received numerous awards and accolades including being elected as President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. Mike is also a member of the Waterbury Bar Association and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Our office is located within 5 miles of the Waterbury Courthouse and we are ready to help with your injury claim today.
For more information and your free case review, call us today toll free at (866) 848-7077.