Waterbury Vehicle Accidents
When operating a vehicle, it’s important to maintain situational awareness. Drinking, texting, exhaustion, speeding, and reckless driving can all lead to accidents. Vehicle accidents account for a huge portion of injury cases each year in the United States. Car accidents are the most common, but any motorized vehicle has the potential to cause injury. Vehicles like trucks, motorcycles, and boats are the cause of many personal injury claims and traffic accidents.
Due to the variance in vehicle type and level of impact, a numerous amount of injuries and traumas can occur in a traffic accident. These are just some examples of commonly occurring injuries:
- Broken Bones The impact of a collision often causes bones to break in the arms, legs, pelvis or rib cage.
- Back Injuries A traffic accident can cause you to be thrown back, hurting your back in the process. Back injuries may lead to chronic pain, and it’s not uncommon to discover spinal injuries.
- Head Injuries Concussions, traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, and cognitive problems are all relatively common in vehicle accidents.
- Whiplash Though it might seem like a minor condition, whiplash can evolve into a chronic pain condition. It’s also the most common injury in car accidents.
- Internal Bleeding Trauma can cause internal bleeding, which can be fatal. Someone injured in a traffic accident may not realize that they’re bleeding internally, which is why it’s so important to always receive medical attention immediately after an accident even if you don’t feel any initial pain or soreness.
- Heart Attack Especially in those who have pre existing heart conditions, the sudden trauma of a vehicular accident can cause sudden cardiac arrest.
- Lacerations Metal and glass can cause lacerations in a car accident. Many vehicles also have motors, which are dangerous when close to skin.
One of the most important things to do in the case of a vehicle accident is to receive immediate medical treatment. Even if you don’t think you’ve been hurt, the shock of an accident can dull your sense of pain and some injuries are not immediately detectable to the untrained eye.
Insurance and Vehicle Accidents
While boat owners aren’t required to have insurance, Connecticut car drivers and motorcyclists are. The at-fault driver’s insurance company is required to pay the medical expenses of the injured party. Car and motorcyclist insurance obligate a minimum of $20,000 bodily injury coverage per person in the event of an accident. The minimum required insurance also provides uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage so that you don’t have to pay for your own injuries if the at-fault party is uninsured or does not have enough insurance coverage in their policy.
The insurance company may offer you a settlement early on, but it may not be for the full amount you could receive if you waited to consult with a car accident attorney. Each legal situation is different, so talking to an attorney about how to proceed is encouraged. If you accept a settlement, it prevents you from going to court later.
If you don’t have insurance and are the injured party, you may be on the hook for breaking the law, but you’re still likely entitled to damages. It’s recommended to consult with an attorney to understand your case and provide the best course of legal action.
Filing a Vehicle Accident Claim
As with any personal injury claim, there are four essential elements that must be proven:
- Duty: A motorist has a duty to obey the rules of the road and drive safely.
- Breach of Duty: A breach of duty must be proven in a vehicle accident claim. This is typically proof that they broke the law, like footage of running a red light.
- Causation: It’s not enough for a motorist to disobey the rules of the road. It must also be proven that their breach of duty is the cause of injury.
- Harm: It must be proven that there is an injury. This is typically done by using medical records and doctor testimony.
Accident claims must be filed within two years in order to be valid.
Hire an Experienced Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident, having capable legal counsel can help you understand your options. Our experienced attorneys at The Law Offices of Thomas E. Porzio, LLC can guide you through the process of filing a vehicle accident claim. Call 203-720-6278 for a free legal consultation.