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Car Accident Lawyer in West Hartford

No one wants to be in a position where they need a West Hartford car accident lawyer. But a car accident lawyer is precisely what victims need to secure maximum compensation. Car crashes lead to significant losses that are the responsibility of the party who caused them. Victims deserve to receive the full extent of compensation available to them under the law. 

Why Choose Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge?

The law firm of Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge has the experience and compassion required to get the results car accident victims need. Our focus with every accident case is getting dignity for our clients, which includes proper compensation for their every loss.

When Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge takes your case, you get a firm with:

  • Over 30 years of winning compensation for clients
  • Attorneys recognized by top legal groups and associations
  • Personalized treatment
  • 24/7 availability
  • Free consultations

Whether by settlement or verdict at trial, we will fight to get you the justice you deserve. 

For a free car accident consultation in West Hartford, CT, contact Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge. You have the right to know the true amount of damages you are entitled to. Call today!

Car Crashes: Who’s to Blame?

Connecticut is an at-fault state, which means car accident injury victims must prove that someone else is to blame for their injuries. In most cases, other motorists are the causes of victims’ injuries — but not always. When another motorist is the cause, the victim must identify specific acts of negligence to be successful in their claim.

Negligent Causes of Car Accidents

Motor vehicle operators may potentially be negligent in a variety of ways. The job of your car accident attorney is to collect proof of this evidence and build a strong case for compensation. Types of negligence our car accident lawyers look for include:

  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving
  • Following too closely
  • Operating a vehicle while drunk or on drugs
  • Failure to yield
  • Failure to stop
  • Reckless driving
  • Road rage

In addition to negligence, we look for and identify evidence of the liability of non-driving parties, such as road contractors. A road contractor who negligently constructs a road or safety barrier can be held liable for accidents that result from that negligence. Mechanics may be held liable as well if they perform negligent repairs that ultimately lead to an accident. 

A West Hartford car accident victim may even be entitled to sue a company if one of its employees negligently leads to a car crash. For example, if a company’s speeding delivery driver causes a crash, the company can be held vicariously liable, even though not directly negligent.

Car Accident Compensation

Car accident compensation is primarily handled by car insurance. In Connecticut, every driver is required to carry at least:

  • $25,000/$50,000 bodily injury coverage per person/per accident
  • $25,000/$50,000 uninsured motorist coverage (does not cover property damage)

After an accident, the victim of the crash and the insurance company handling the claim will try to settle out of court through negotiations. The claim will include damages based on various factors, including the following:

  • Medical treatment and care costs
  • Lost income and future economic opportunity
  • Property repair and replacement costs
  • Expenses for homecare services
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium

When a car accident results in a fatality, the administrator of the victim’s estate may file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover wrongful death damages. 

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists

Everyone driving on the road should carry the minimum insurance coverage in Connecticut. However, according to research, roughly 12% of licensed drivers in Connecticut do not have insurance. If they lack coverage, it is unlikely that they will have assets enough to cover losses from a car accident lawsuit. Given that uninsured motorist coverage is mandatory in Connecticut, drivers in crashes with uninsured motorists still have a path toward compensation. 

In some cases, a car accident victim might not know whether the person who hit them has insurance or not. Such situations typically involve hit-and-run drivers who flee the scene before being identified. 

Although many drivers who commit hit-and-run accidents are eventually located, it may take some time to find them. When that happens, uninsured motorist coverage can be a lifeline for accident victims. 

Personal Injury Protection and MedPay

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and MedPay are two optional insurance add-ons that cover limited medical and other expenses without regard to fault. MedPay covers exclusively medical and funeral expenses for the policyholder, their family members, and passengers. Pedestrians and bicyclists are also covered by MedPay. 

PIP, by contrast, covers medical expenses as well as other economic losses up to a point. These expenses can include lost wages, transportation costs, and homecare assistance expenses. 

Your Attorney’s Role in Compensation

It is important to realize that your precise amount of compensation is not guaranteed. Instead, your West Hartford car crash attorney fights to recover the top end of the range of compensation you should receive. Insurance companies fight to pay you as little as possible. Without an experienced West Hartford car accident lawyer on your side, you are likely to receive far less than you deserve. 

Do you need compensation for a car accident? If so, don’t accept an insurance company’s offer until we review your case. Our team of attorneys will give you a true appraisal of your claim and the guidance you need to move forward. Call for a free consultation today.

How it Works

Contingency Fees

At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, P.C., we handle all Car 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

Car Accidents FAQs

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents in Connecticut?

Car accident victims have a time limit of two years to seek compensation for car accident injuries and losses, and three years for a claim involving an uninsured or underinsured motorist. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car crash, you are strongly recommended to speak with a car accident attorney as soon as possible to safeguard your claim.

The Insurance Company Contacted Me. Should I Be Speaking to the Adjuster?

Car accident injury victims are strongly recommended to speak with insurance companies only through an experienced West Hartford attorney for car accidents. A car accident lawyer will defend your claim against insurance company adjusters looking for any reason to pay you less or reject your claim outright. 

How Long Do Car Accident Compensation Cases Take?

The facts of your case ultimately determine how long it will take to resolve. Complex issues, such as multiple defendants and catastrophic injuries, may lead to extended resolution times for cases. 

Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge understands the urgency for funds many car accident victims experience. We work diligently and do everything we can to settle cases as quickly as possible. 

What Are Some Common Injuries Caused by Car Accidents?

Car accident injuries are quite diverse and range in seriousness from minor to catastrophic. Sadly, death is also a frequent result. When victims do survive, they must face injuries such as:

  • Crushed, broken, and fractured bones
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage
  • Burns
  • Lacerations
  • Abrasions
  • Amputation
  • Dismemberment

Emotional and mental trauma also occur, leading to debilitating conditions such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Meet With a West Hartford Car Accident Lawyer Today

Car accident injuries can debilitate you for months or years and cause devastating financial ruin. If you have been harmed in a car accident, don’t shoulder your losses alone. Reach out to Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge for help recovering the money you deserve. Call for a free consultation with a West Hartford car crash lawyer today.

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