Frequent Legal Questions about Car Accidents
1) What is my case worth?
Car accident attorneys at our firm can help you determine the maximum value of your car accident case. This is a complex process. Despite what’s on the internet, there is no magic formula to evaluate a case. The value of the case depends on many facts, such as how the accident happened, what injuries you sustained, and how these injuries affected your life, physically, emotionally and financially. Although the facts of your case can’t change, how those facts are uncovered and presented can make a huge difference in the outcome.
2) Do I have to talk to the other driver’s insurance company?
Do not talk to the other driver’s insurance company representatives without first speaking to an experienced car crash lawyer at Bartlett Legal Group.
3) Should I get an attorney after a car accident?
Not all car accidents require an attorney. If there are injuries or there is major property damage you should contact an experienced car accident attorney . If you’re not sure, call us and we can help. We will walk you through the complex legal process and help ensure you receive all you deserve.
4) Can I bring an auto accident lawsuit if I’m partly to blame?
Yes. Connecticut has what’s called comparative fault rules. Let’s say you bring a suit to court, and after hearing all the evidence the jury finds that you were thirty percent responsible for the accident and the defendant was seventy percent at fault. If you presented medical bills, lost wages and other reasonable expenses totaling $100,000, then under the modified comparative negligence rule the court would reduce your award by the percentage the jury found you at fault for the car accident. In this example you should receive $70,000. Unfortunately if the court finds that you were fifty percent at fault or higher, you receive nothing.
5) When to get an attorney for a car accident?
If there are injuries or there is major property damage you should call an experienced car crash attorney from the scene of the accident. Calling from the scene can have a major impact on the outcome of a potential claim or lawsuit. If you’ve been seriously hurt, you need an experienced attorney to sort through the legal and medical issues. We will stand up to the insurance companies and exhaust every possible means of recovery for you and your loved ones.
6) Do the police need to be notified?
Police need to be notified right away when there is an injury, death, or property damage. Most people don’t realize there’s no threshold in CT of estimated property damage for reporting a car accident.
7) What do I need to do if I’m in a car crash in Connecticut?
It depends on the severity of the accident.
Car Accidents with Injury
Your response after an accident with injuries can help save lives and speed rescue personnel to the scene.
- Make sure police and other emergency workers have been notified. First call 911, then call the car accident attorneys at Bartlett Legal Group at 203-439-7717.
- Don’t try to move an injured person unless there is a vehicle fire or other immediate risk.
- Covering an injured person with a blanket can help prevent shock.
Reporting a Car Accident
Collecting information after an accident will be helpful to police, your insurance company when you make a claim, and especially your car crash attorney at Bartlett Legal Group.
- Write down the names and addresses of everyone involved.
- Get insurance information, license plate numbers and the make, model and year of vehicles.
- Write down any damage you observe to all vehicles related to the accident. Cooperate with police in answering questions and providing information.
- Don’t give opinions. State only facts.
- If your car hits a parked vehicle, try to find the owner. Leave a note on the driver’s windshield if the owner is not around. Include your contact information and the date and time the accident occurred.
- Write down as much information about the accident as possible while it’s still fresh in your mind so that we will have all the facts required to mount a case if one is warranted.
- If you or one of your passengers are injured make sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible. It’s important that injuries are documented. It is quite common to feel fine initially but start to feel pain in a day or two. Injuries must be documented by a medical professional.
8) What information should I give the police?
You must show the following documents to police when you are involved in an accident:
- Driver’s license
- Registration card
- Connecticut insurance card
- Current address
We will be able to get a copy of the official accident report prepared by the officer at the scene.
9) How much will this cost me?
At our firm there are no fees or expenses unless you win or you accept a settlement. We pay all expenses, court fees, expert expenses, etc. We are only repaid from your settlement or award at trial.
10) Should I take an offer and who makes the decision to take an offer if one is made?
This is your ultimate decision. We will only advise you to accept or reject an offer, based on our years of experience. If the offer is unfair and we feel strongly that we will do better going to court, we will recommend that we take your case to trial. The attorney that has handled your case from the beginning will be representing you in court. You have the final say to accept an offer or go to court.
11) How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit? What is the statute of limitations in CT?
If you were injured in a auto accident or want to file a suit for property damage (compensation for repairs to your car), Per Conn. Gen. Stat. Ch. 926 Sec. 52-584 You have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit.
12) Has your firm handled many car accident cases?
We are a personal injury law firm. Car accident lawsuits are one of our firm’s core personal injury practice areas. Our car crash attorneys have successfully represented hundreds injured in car accidents. We treat every case as if it will go to trial. This extra effort helps maximize the outcome whether you accept an offer or eventually go to trial. Every case is different and past results are not an indication of future results.
When you get in touch with one of the top* personal injury and car accident attorneys you start the process of making yourself whole again. Having an experienced litigator on your side is the best way to be sure you can get what you’re rightfully owed for the damage done to you and your vehicle. Many insurance companies will try to settle quickly for less than your case is worth. There’s nothing wrong with taking a settlement, but you want to make sure it’s fair and realistic based on the accident and the damages that stemmed from that accident. That’s why having an experienced car accident lawyer on your side is so valuable. We will work on your behalf to achieve fair compensation for your injuries.
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Before you choose a car crash attorney consider the following:
- Commitment – Will the attorney devote the many hours of detailed work required or will the case be handed off to an associate with less experience? Continuity from start to finish is critically important if you are to maximize the value of your case.
- Experience – Has the lawyer handled hundreds of car accident cases that they have learned from? Experience can make a big difference.
- Trials– Does the attorney handle trials, or does he refer cases that require a trial to other attorneys? Has the attorney successfully defended his clients’ verdicts in appeals to the Appellate and Supreme Court?
- Experts – Is the firm willing to devote its resources to retain experts to build a strong case on your behalf? Having a knowledgeable and experienced expert can be the deciding factor in your case.
- Knowledge – Can the firm analyze complicated medical records? Having a medical expert on staff that knows what to look for based on years of medical experience can affect the value of your case.
- Recognition – How is the attorney ranked by national rating agencies such as Avvo and Super Lawyers? A lawyer’s experience is key.
- Insight – Does the attorney have a diverse background which includes working as a defense attorney for insurance companies, and do they represent any insurance companies now? Knowledge of the process and the tactics used by insurance companies helps to level the playing field between injured parties and insurance companies.
- Compassion – Will the attorney spend the time answering your questions and asking the right questions about how the accident affects you financially, emotionally, physically, and how the accident limits your daily activities? Having a caring and compassionate attorney on your side will ease the process and strengthen your case.
- Preparation – Does the attorney prepare for every case as if it will ultimately go to trial, and if it does, will they be the attorney representing you in court? Favorable settlements don’t just happen on their own. Hard work and preparation are necessary to be successful at trial and to position your case for a favorable settlement.
- Personality – Will a jury relate to and trust this attorney? This can greatly change your outcome. Cases often hinge on whether the jury likes the attorney. If you find the attorney personable and likable so will the jury.
- Client Satisfaction – Does the attorney have positive reviews from past clients?
- Results – Does the attorney have proven results in court? If an insurance company respects your attorney’s reputation, it should result in higher compensation for you.
Every case is different. The above questions are just a few of the many things you should ask yourself before choosing an attorney.
Unique attorney experience
Our lead car accident attorney Frank Bartlett possesses unique and valuable insight gained as a former insurance company defense attorney. He now works strictly for people injured by accidents or the wrongs of others. Working as an insurance defense attorney allowed him to gain valuable knowledge about how insurance adjusters handle and evaluate claims. He learned first hand the maximum amount insurance adjusters would pay. He uses this knowledge and the experience gained from hundreds of car accident cases to maximize your compensation and get you a fair settlement.
Don’t Get Cheated Out of What You’re Really Owed
You’ll have advocates who care about getting you the best financial compensation possible for the injuries you sustained. That’s one of the best ways to ensure you’ll be protected monetarily for medical bills, future treatments, and the loss of income you sustained from the car accident. It’s not just about physical damage, as a serious car accident can leave emotional scars that take time to heal.
You don’t have to settle for less than you deserve when it comes to compensation for a car accident. Our lawyers can help protect your interests and keep you from being cheated by the other party’s insurance company. They want to settle for the lowest amount possible, but you deserve better than that and we can help you get what you deserve.
We serve auto accident clients throughout Connecticut, including but not limited to Waterbury, Cheshire, New Haven, Fairfield, Bridgeport and Hartford.
Our mission at Bartlett Legal Group is to be the best car accident law firm having the highest client satisfaction.