We all prefer to think it will never happen to us, but the reality is that car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. Even the best drivers can find themselves involved in a crash, through no fault of their own. In the United States, it has been estimated that car accidents kill over 37,000 people annually and leave 2.35 million injured or disabled. These statistics show that car accidents irreversibly affect the lives of far too many drivers and passengers each year.
The reasons for these accidents vary significantly – from mechanical errors in the vehicles to a defectively designed road to aggressive or drunk driving by another motorist. The list of factors that can contribute to a car wreck is as seemingly endless as the type of accident that can result: head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, side impact collisions (also referred to as T-bone), rollovers, etc. If you have been involved in a car accident and someone else was at fault, you likely have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. A New Haven car accident attorney can help you determine responsibility, establish your claim, and secure financial compensation for your troubles.
The injuries incurred by car accident victims are rarely minor. The sheer force of cars colliding means that most accidents result in serious damage, such as:
- Head/brain injury (particularly traumatic brain injury or TBI)
- Neck and spinal cord injury
- Back injury
- Internal organ trauma
- Soft tissue injury
- Broken bones and fractures
- Wrongful death
In addition, the mental trauma suffered by a car accident survivor is frequently severe. Depression and anxiety attacks, especially while driving or riding in a car, can become lifelong struggles.
Why Do Car Accidents Occur?
Car accidents happen for a wide variety of reasons. Many of them are caused by drivers’ careless attitudes. Legally referred to as negligence, these behaviors include:
- Aggressive driving/road rage
- Changing lanes unsafely
- Disobeying traffic laws
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while tired
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
- Speeding or driving too fast for the conditions.
Under all these circumstances, an accident is primarily the fault of the negligent driver and he or she should be held responsible. There are also situations where a car’s design or part may be defective and trigger an accident. A person who is injured because of a defect can sue the car manufacturer or the part supplier. If the car was an employer-provided vehicle, the company may be responsible for not taking care of it properly. Even improperly maintained roads and traffic control signals can lead to accidents.
Why Do You Need a Car Accident Attorney?
Any accident can result in serious injury, complex medical treatment, and financial distress. Pursuing legal action can obtain the compensation needed to help ensure the security of your family including for medical expenses, lost wages, property loss, pain and suffering, and, in the event of a fatal accident, wrongful death. However, there’s a limited amount of time to take legal action after an accident occurs, so it is important to secure legal help immediately. The CT car collision lawyers at Ronald M. Scherban, P.C., know that many drivers and accident victims are confused by the complex insurance laws and regulations governing vehicle accidents. With over four decades of experience, we are well-prepared to guide you through the process and handle all your legal needs. Call us for a free consultation at 203-865-6414 or fill out our online form.
How Will a Car Accident Attorney Help?
Navigating the legal system is a difficult process that’s best done with a professional by your side. At Ronald M. Scherban, P.C., we will work with you to identify all potentially responsible parties to maximize your financial compensation. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident, we understand that no amount of money can ever make you whole, but it can help lift some of the financial burden that comes along with these terrible situations. It can also bring some personal satisfaction by holding the responsible party liable.
In addition, it’s essential to work with an experienced CT car wreck attorney who knows how to negotiate with insurance companies who routinely deny, delay, and defend claims in attempts to reduce the amount of damages they must pay to victims. Even if you think you may be partially at fault for the accident, you still may be able to recover a percentage of your damages. This is where an experienced car accident attorney can be invaluable. It very important not to speak to an insurance adjustor or representative or sign any agreements or paperwork before speaking with an attorney or you could be waiving your rights and permanently damaging your case.
The New Haven car crash attorneys at Ronald M. Scherban, P.C., have successfully represented many families whose lives have been turned upside down by car accidents. The money we recover for our clients helps them care for themselves and their families. We have been helping car accident victims in Connecticut for over 40 years, and we can help you. Contact us today for a free initial consultation by calling 203-865-6414 or filling out our online form.