What if I am Involved in a Car Accident? | What to Know

Car accidents happen every day. Most people are involved in some type of car accident, at some point in their lives. As a result, it is important to know what to do in the event that an accident occurs. Read on to learn more about car accidents in Connecticut and what to do if you or a loved one is involved in an accident.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents?

Accidents may be caused by auto manufacturer negligence, including defectively designed or manufactured cars or auto parts, but for the most part, they are caused by driver negligence. The most common instances of negligence include:

  • Speeding
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Texting or talking on cell phones
  • Failure to obey the rules of the road
  • Failure to obey traffic signals or signs
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians
  • Failure to drive a reasonable distance apart

If you are involved in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation.

What do I do After a Car Accident Occurs?

In the event of a car accident, there are some important steps you will need to take.

  1. Contact the police. They can help direct traffic to keep other drivers safe, collect chemical tests, gather witness statements, and more.
  2. Seek medical help. If you are involved in a car accident, you can become seriously injured. As a result, it is important to seek medical attention, even if you do not feel like you have been injured. In some cases, you may be injured without realizing or sustain an injury that does not cause symptoms till later on.
  3. Document the scene. It is important to collect evidence for your insurance company and your personal injury claim. You should take photos and videos of the damage to your car as well as any road or weather conditions that may have impacted the accident.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

If you wish to pursue legal action for your car accident, you will have to do so within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. Generally, in Connecticut, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is three years from the date of the accident.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact our firm today.

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