Auto Accident FAQ
What information should I obtain after an auto accident collision?
After you have been involved in a Connecticut car accident, it is important that you collect the following information: Names, addresses, phone numbers, license plate numbers, the makes and models of all vehicles involved in the collision, and the names, policy numbers and contact information of the insurance providers of all parties involved in the car accident. The names and badge numbers of all police officers who were dispatched to the scene of the crash. Photographs of the crash scene, including all property damage and physical injuries, like lacerations and bruises. Contact information for any witnesses. Download our Vehicle Accident Checklist and keep a copy of it in your car at all times. In the event of an accident, having our checklist on hand will help to ensure that you collect all the information necessary to support your claim.
Should I go to the doctor after my car accident, even if I don’t believe I’ve suffered any serious injuries?
Even if you only feel “a little sore,” it is a good idea to seek medical attention after being involved in any car accident. Symptoms of some serious injuries do not become apparent until days after the accident. If you wait to see a doctor, it can be difficult to prove that your injury was caused by the crash and you may not be able to seek compensation for medical costs. By having medical records to support your injury claim, you increase your chances of recovering losses from medical bills.
Is there anything that I should NOT do after a car crash?
After a car crash, there are a few things that accident victims should avoid doing, including the following: If it is clear that you were not at fault, never leave the scene of the accident without notifying authorities. Proper documentation of the crash will work to your advantage in your pursuit of justice. Never admit responsibility for the accident to anyone present at the scene. This includes police officers, paramedics and any witnesses. Never give a statement to an insurance company, whether it is the other driver’s provider or your own, without first seeking advice from an experienced Connecticut car accident lawyer.
When should I contact a car accident lawyer?
It is important to contact an experienced car accident lawyer shortly after an accident has occurred. Contacting proper legal counsel right away could make a significant difference in the results of your injury claim and having the help of a lawyer early in the process of pursuing justice will prove advantageous to your car accident lawsuit faces and evidence that support your injury claim will still be fresh and available. Additionally, injury lawsuits have a strict statute of limitations. The aid of a car accident lawyer shortly after a collision could increase your chances of receiving a favorable settlement or verdict for your lawsuit.
How can I recover losses if the at-fault driver does not have insurance or flees the scene of the accident?
If the at-fault driver has no insurance or inadequate coverage to fully cover your losses, you may be able to collect the difference from your own insurance provider if your auto policy includes uninsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage is also used in hit-and-run accidents to help injury victims receive compensation for their damages.
When should I settle my auto accident lawsuit?
Do not accept a settlement for your auto accident lawsuit until you have finished all medical treatments and have been released by your doctor. You may not fully know the extent of your accident injuries and the treatment required. However, it is also important to keep in mind the statute of limitations for your claim and why it’s important to contact an accident lawyer immediately. A knowledgeable Connecticut car accident lawyer will be able to determine the statute of limitations for your claim as well as any other deadlines that may affect your case, as these issues can vary based on the specific circumstances of the claim.
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Here at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we have a proud history of fighting for the rights of everyday people – not large corporations and firms. Our attorneys are licensed to practice law across the entire state of Connecticut and have over 140 years of combined legal experience. If you have questions about a possible lawsuit – or even an existing one – please call 800-PERKINS. A member from our intake department will collect the details of your case and connect you with one of our attorneys – it’s that easy. Alternatively, to start immediately – simply fill out and submit the no cost, no-obligation “Free Case Evaluation” form on this page. It’s strictly confidential, 100% FREE and we will be in contact with you shortly.