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West Hartford Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Motor vehicles keep society running smoothly. As a result, there are countless of them on the road. The sheer number of motor vehicles on the streets means that accidents are bound to happen. And when they do, victims have the right to pursue compensation but need an experienced West Hartford motor vehicle accident lawyer to help them recover the compensation they truly deserve.

Why Choose KJSR As Your Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer? 

Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge has the experience and compassion injury victims need from a motor vehicle accident law firm. Our history of fighting for motor vehicle accident victims demonstrates our capability of recovering substantial compensation in a variety of motor vehicle contexts, from car accidents to accidents involving big rig trucks.   

At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, we:

  • Care deeply about our clients and their wellbeing 
  • Have a long track record of wins for clients
  • Offer free consultations
  • Are available 24/7

Don’t let an insurance company adjuster convince you that you deserve less than you are owed. It is their job to try to pay you less, and it’s an attorney’s job to get you what you are truly owed.

Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge offers free consultations for new clients. Call today to let our West Hartford team review your case and share your options for moving forward.

Motor Vehicle Accident Types 

Accidents involving motor vehicles can take many forms. The type of accident you experience will depend in part on the kind of motor vehicle involved.

There are three major types of motor vehicles: cars, motorcycles, and big rig trucks. Accidents involving each of these types of vehicles have their own unique characteristics, though they share many traits as well. 

Car Accidents

Car accidents happen the most out of all motor vehicle accidents simply because there are more cars on the road than trucks or motorcycles. Many car accidents are caused by negligent acts or other types of unlawful behavior.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are not as numerous in Connecticut due to fewer motorcycles being on the road than cars. However, the consequences of motorcycle accidents are typically much more dire than those of cars. 

Motorcycle accident victims have nothing to protect them but helmets, safety clothing, and goggles. This lack of protection leads to catastrophic injuries for riders and their passengers more often than for riders and passengers in cars. 

The causes of motorcycle accidents mirror those of car accidents. They involve acts of negligence and recklessness that are selfish and may lead to catastrophic injury and death. 

Truck Accidents

Big rig trucks play an important role in society by shipping all manner of goods and cargo to and from points inside and outside the state. Due to the size and power of big rig trucks, accidents involving these vehicles are frequently devastating, causing catastrophic motor vehicle accident injuries and even death. 

There are major differences in size and weight between big rigs and regular autos. Due to those differences, truck drivers and their employers must take more care than regular drivers when putting a truck onto the road.

If a motor vehicle accident has caused you losses, contact Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge today. Learn what options are available to get you the compensation you deserve. Call for a free consultation today. 

Car Accident Liability

Car accident liability arises when a driver fails to maintain clear safety standards, which causes an accident. These standards are found in traffic codes and other places on the law books and prohibit negligent driving behavior, such as:

  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Failure to pay proper attention while driving
  • Failure to yield
  • Disobeying basic traffic safety rules
  • Drowsy driving
  • Failure to stop
  • Speeding
  • Following too closely

Driving an unsafe vehicle is also a negligent and relatively common cause of car accidents. 

Motorcycle Accident Liability

Motorcycle accident liability comes about in the same way as liability for car accidents. Negligent or otherwise unlawful behavior causes the risk of an accident to increase until an accident occurs. 

Motorcyclists must also contend with defective equipment and sometimes fall victim to dangerously defective motorcycle parts and equipment as well as defective protective gear, in which case the equipment or product makers, distributors, and retailers may be on the hook for damages.

For motorcyclists, two major factors add to the danger they face: lack of a protective shell and low visibility. Unlike driving or riding in a car or truck, motorcyclists and their passengers often receive direct impacts that would otherwise be absorbed by an auto’s body. Additionally, they have no protective gear, so riders and passengers are typically launched great distances and into stationary objects in a crash. 

These factors require that car and truck drivers pay close attention when operating around motorcycles. What would be a simple fender bender between two cars can cause a fatality between a car and a motorcycle. Failure to exercise the requisite degree of care can mean significant liability for damages if an accident occurs. 

Truck Accident Liability

Big rig truckers are well-trained to haul heavy loads but must always take great care when on the road. Unfortunately, lapses occur, and accidents happen. Truck driver negligence takes many forms, many of which mirror standard motor vehicle negligence, including:

  • Driving while distracted
  • Driving while drunk
  • Drowsy driving
  • Speeding
  • Following too closely

However, since truck drivers have more safety requirements than normal drivers, there are a great number of potential circumstances of negligence. These numerous safety requirements are intended to keep the public safe and include:

  • Undergoing driver training
  • Acquiring licenses and endorsements
  • Abiding by hours of service regulations
  • Maintaining a logbook
  • Performance of vehicle checks
  • Insuring cargo is properly loaded and tied down

In addition to the truck driver, the employer may be held liable for an accident, even when not negligent. Vicarious liability for employers of truck drivers applies when a truck driver’s negligence causes an accident. The trucking company may also be held liable for its own acts of negligence, including the following:

  • Negligent hiring
  • Failure to supervise
  • Requiring or allowing unlicensed drivers to operate trucks
  • Requiring or allowing violations of hours of service regulations

As with motorcycles and cars, defective truck parts and safety equipment may lead to liability for a truck or equipment maker, distributor, or retailer.

Damages in Motor Vehicle Accident Cases

Damages help victims of Connecticut motor vehicle accidents in their time of need, which may last for many months or even years. They account not only for the financial harm suffered by accident victims but for the emotional and psychological harm as well. A typical motor vehicle accident claim seeks compensation for the following losses:

  • Medical treatment and care costs 
  • Wage-replacement for lost income and lost future income
  • Costs to hire homecare workers for basic household tasks
  • Property damage and repair costs
  • Funeral and burial expenses when a death occurs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium

In cases where the truck accident was caused by a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others, Connecticut motor vehicle accident law allows victims to seek punitive damages at double or treble the damages compensation. 

How it Works

Contingency Fees

At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, P.C., we handle all Motor Vehicle Accidents cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless and until you receive a settlement or a jury award.

Schedule a free, confidential consultation with a skilled Connecticut personal injury lawyer today. Contact us online or call our New Haven law firm directly at 203-865-8430.

Questions

Motor Vehicle Accidents FAQs

Can I Afford a West Hartford Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer Near Me?

Yes. You do not pay any money to your motor vehicle accident attorney until your case has been resolved. Your attorney’s fees are subtracted from your settlement or verdict payout. Furthermore, you owe nothing if your West Hartford motor vehicle lawyer is unsuccessful. 

How Long Do I Have to File a Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuit?

You have two years in Connecticut to file a motor vehicle lawsuit. However, it is important to take swift legal action when seeking compensation. As time goes by, cases sometimes grow weaker due to evidence issues. In addition to seeking medical attention, you should contact an experienced attorney after a motor vehicle accident.

Should I Accept the Insurance Company’s Settlement Offer?

You should not accept any insurance company settlement offer until you have visited a motor vehicle accident law firm experienced in cases such as yours. Accident victims need case evaluations from professionals looking after their interests instead of from insurance companies interested only in their bottom lines. 

In general, if you’re wondering what to do after a car accident, know that you should contact a skilled attorney as early on in the process as possible.

How Long Will It Take to Get Compensated?

Depending on the circumstances of your case, compensation could take a few months or longer than a year. Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge always works diligently to get our clients compensated in as timely a fashion as possible. 

Our Lawyers for Motor Vehicle Accidents Can Help

Have you or a loved one been in a motor vehicle accident? If so, contact Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge for a free consultation. Learn how much compensation you may be entitled to today.

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