Statistics show that car accidents often occur as a result of the fault of at least one of the drivers. High up on the list of car accident causes are bad road conditions, auto manufacturing defects, tailgating and speeding. Another major cause of car accidents is driver distraction. Distraction could be as a result of any act that causes the driver to take his eyes off the road even for as little as two seconds. Such acts include eating, drinking, texting, phone calls, talking to a passenger and wearing makeup.
Perhaps the leading cause of car accidents that takes the cake is drunk driving. According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), Connecticut recorded a total of 298 fatal car crashes in 2010. Of these fatal accidents, there was a record total of 319 deaths out of which 121 were as a result of drunk driving. As is evident, fatal accidents often lead to loss of lives and permanent injuries. This may be avoided if drivers exercised due care and caution.
Failure to exercise care constitutes negligence which is often the root cause of most accidents. Negligence may include various acts such as:
- Failure to obey traffic signs or signals
- Failure to signal when turning
- Failure to look out for oncoming vehicles at an intersection
- Failure to adhere to the speed limit
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident that was no fault of yours, the negligent party should be responsible for any financial burden that flows from the accident. Accidents often lead to heavy monetary costs such as hospital bills, funeral expenses, vehicle repair, replacement of damaged items and even lost wages. It is therefore important to establish who was negligent in order to determine who should bear the resulting costs. The victim of a car accident is often entitled to recover damages in the form of medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral expenses and loss of consortium.
What to Do When You Have a Car Accident
Dealing with an accident can be very frustrating and overwhelming. This is even more so where the accident was no of fault of yours. The steps you take following a car accident are very important to the success of your case and you should immediately endeavor to:
- Obtain as much information as possible about the drivers and vehicles involved in the accident.
- Request the names and contact information of any witnesses.
- Inform the police of any traffic violations that the negligent driver may have committed.
- Take photographs of the vehicles involved, injuries and the accident scene. Your camera phone would suffice.
- Get medical attention as soon as possible even if you think you’re not injured, as internal injuries often take a while manifest.
- Promptly notify your insurance company about the accident.
- Get the assistance of an auto accident lawyer
Choose a qualified Connecticut Auto Accident Lawyer
It is important to seek legal assistance to determine your rights as soon as possible and in doing so, you should hire an experienced attorney. The Law Office of Tina Sypek D’Amato has experience in handling even the most complex motor vehicle accident cases.
Our Meriden, Connecticut car accident attorney has over a decade of experience assisting victims of auto accidents. We take the time to know our clients and how their lives have been impacted by the personal injury being suffered and we handle cases involving car accidents in Meriden and all around Connecticut.
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