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East of the River Car Accident Lawyers

East of the River Car Accident Lawyers –

Car accidents can have devastating and far-reaching consequences that can affect all aspects of your life, sometimes permanently. In recent years in Connecticut, there were over 80,000 reported car accidents, resulting in over 30,000 reported injuries and nearly 400 deaths.

Suffering injuries in a car accident can affect your ability to earn a living and leave you facing mounting medical expenses in addition to your pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligent actions, our experienced East of the River car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jason L. McCoy, LLC can help you recover the much-needed compensation you deserve. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients injured in head-on, high-speed, and rear-end collisions and multi-car, rideshare, and T-bone accidents.

What Are the Most Dangerous Roads East of the River?

Several roads East of the Connecticut River are considered dangerous due to the high number of accidents and fatalities each year. Four of the most dangerous include:

  • I-84: The stretch of Interstate 84 between Hartford and East Hartford is notorious for its high number of accidents and fatalities.
  • Route 6: Coined “Suicide 6,” Connecticut Route 6 passes through Bolton, Andover, Columbia, and Coventry and is known for its high crash rates due to its narrow lanes, sharp curves, and steep slopes​.
  • Route 85: Due to its elevation changes and numerous curvy, winding sections, Route 85, which runs through Waterford, Montville, and Salem, is considered one of the area’s most dangerous.
  • Route 83: Running through Vernon, Route 83 records a high number of fatal accidents each year, particularly in the section between Countrywood Court and Hockanum Boulevard.

What Are the Leading Causes of Car Accidents in Connecticut?

There are a multitude of factors leading to car accidents in Connecticut, many contributing to the state’s rising number of car-related fatalities each year. Common causes of car accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Reckless or aggressive driving
  • Tailgating
  • Speeding
  • Weather

What Causes Multi-Vehicle Accidents?

Multi-vehicle collisions are more common than many people think and frequently occur during periods of heavy and congested stop-and-go traffic, which is common in most of Connecticut’s larger cities and urban areas. Though numerous factors can trigger multi-vehicle accidents, the three most common include:

  • Rear-end collisions
  • Head-on collisions
  • Side-impact collisions

Multi-vehicle accidents typically result from chain-reaction events, making them extremely dangerous as more vehicles become involved. During a multi-vehicle pileup, vehicles begin striking each other from all directions, causing occupants to suffer additional and more serious injuries with each impact, particularly those sandwiched in the middle.

What Compensation Can I Recover for My Car Accident Injuries?

Following a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses, legally referred to as “compensation” or “damages,” which are based on a combination of economic and non-economic damages, which include but are not limited to:

  • Amputation, scarring, and disfigurement
  • Emotional distress and psychological trauma
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of consortium and life enjoyment
  • Lost income and future earning ability
  • Medical expenses, including medications and devices
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death

Negligence in Connecticut Car Accidents

Connecticut is a modified comparative negligence state, and you can seek compensation if you are less than 50 percent responsible for the accident. However, the amount awarded will be reduced by your percentage of fault. You are likely not entitled to compensation if you are more than 50 percent at fault.

How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim?

You also have a limited amount of time to file a claim. Connecticut’s statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim is two years from the date of the accident or death.

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Car Accident Claim?

Hiring an experienced East of the River car accident lawyer is crucial to protect your rights and recover the maximum compensation you need for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our experienced lawyers can provide the support and legal guidance you need, in addition to:

  • Investigating the accident.
  • Interviewing witnesses.
  • Preparing and filing required documentation.
  • Establishing your ongoing healthcare needs with your medical teams.
  • Hiring experts.
  • Negotiating with insurance companies.
  • Representing you in court, if necessary.

What Am I Required to Do After a Car Accident in Connecticut?

Connecticut strictly enforces traffic laws, which can result in citations, steep fines, and other serious consequences. Car accident laws require you to remain at the scene, report the accident to the police, exchange contacts, insurance information, and VINs with the other driver, and render aid to anyone injured, if possible.

Should I Admit That I Am Responsible for the Accident?

You should never admit fault after a car accident. Immediately after an accident, you may not clearly remember what happened and who is truly at fault. Admitting fault or apologizing could result in a traffic ticket, fines, bar you from seeking damages, increase your insurance premium, and make you responsible for paying your own medical expenses and repairs, as well as the other driver’s.

Is It Illegal to Use a Cell Phone While Driving in Connecticut?

Yes, cell phone use is now illegal in Connecticut to combat a rising number of distracted driving accidents, except to call 911 in an emergency while stopped. Drivers over 18 can use hands-free devices, but drivers under 18 cannot use any mobile devices, including hands-free. Law enforcement, firefighters, and ambulance drivers aged 18 and older can use hand-held cell phones and mobile electronic devices to perform official duties.

Do I Have to Have Car Insurance?

In Connecticut, you are required to purchase at least $25,000 bodily injury per person, $50,000 bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 in property damage. However, purchasing additional coverage for yourself and your family is wise.

What Should I Do If I Am Injured in an Accident?

If you are physically able, you should report the accident, photograph the scene and all relevant factors, gather witness statements, maintain all accident-related records, seek medical attention, and contact an experienced East of the River car accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Our East of the River Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Jason L. McCoy, LLC Help Clients Recover Compensation

If you have been injured by a negligent driver, our skilled East of the River car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jason L. McCoy, LLC can review your case and discuss your options. Call today at 860-872-7741 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation. Located in Vernon, New Haven, and Waterbury, Connecticut, we proudly serve clients in Tolland County, New Haven County, and Hartford County.

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