Waterbury Car Accident Attorneys
There are around 100,000 car accidents each year in Connecticut. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of both injury and death, especially among American youth. No one expects a car accident, and it can cost a person thousands of dollars in property damage and medical expenses.
Common Factors in a Car Accident
Some factors that commonly contribute to a car accident include:
- Improper lane change
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving, often involving texting or other electronic usage
- Ignoring traffic signs and lights
- Illness, seizure, or sudden death
- Tired driving
- Severe weather
Since car accidents are so common, it’s important to be prepared. Knowing what to do during and after a car accident can help keep you safe and prepare you for what may come.
Actions to Take After an Auto Accident
If you’ve been in an accident, you must remain calm and follow certain steps.
- Remain at the scene of the accident. It may be illegal to leave the scene of an accident, especially in cases involving injury, property damage, or death.
- Call the police. It’s legally required to notify the police of a car accident resulting in $1,000 damages or more. In addition, your insurance company may require a police report number before you can file a claim.
- Document as much as you can. Take pictures of the accident and any injuries you may have sustained. When you file claims or complete paperwork, keep copies of everything.
- Receive medical attention. Sometimes you may need to immediately seek medical treatment, especially if you have severe injuries from the car accident. Even if you don’t know if you’re injured, you should seek prompt medical attention as soon as possible. Many injuries do not have immediately occurring symptoms, so only a medical professional will know if you need further treatment.
- File an accident report with your insurance company.
- Contact a knowledgeable attorney to understand your legal options. If you choose to take legal action, you have 2 years from the time of the accident to file a claim.
Most Common Car Accident Injuries
There are many injuries that can be caused by a car accident. Elements such as speed, road condition, vehicle construction, and whether the victim was wearing a seat belt all factor into the severity of a car accident injury. While there’s no comprehensive list of possible car accident injuries, the following are commonly seen:
- Back, neck, and head injuries: Serious injuries, like spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries, are often sustained during a car accident. Whiplash is the most common car accident injury, and while it might seem minor, it can lead to chronic pain and more severe conditions. Concussions, skull fractures, and cognitive problems are common.
- Lacerations: Many things during a car accident can cause a laceration. Glass and metal are often exposed, making it easy to get cut during an accident. Some car accidents lead to a loss of limbs.
- Internal Bleeding: Although it’s hard to tell during the car crash, it’s common for internal bleeding to be discovered when receiving medical attention. This can be fatal.
- Loss of function: Body parts may lose the ability to function after a car accident. There may even be paralysis.
- Coma or death: In the most severe of car accidents, a victim may end up in a coma or even dead.
It’s essential to receive medical treatment soon after experiencing a car accident.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
Getting into an accident can be overwhelming. You’re suddenly bombarded with medical expenses and piles of paperwork. Seeking experienced legal counsel is recommended to receive the full amount of compensation that you’re entitled to after a car accident. Our car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Thomas E. Porzio, LLC. can assist you in understanding your legal options. Call (203) 573-0019 for a free legal consultation.