Car accident lawyer Frank Bartlett answers questions he’s repeatedly been asked over the past decade.
1) What is my car accident case worth?
A top rated car accident lawyer at our firm can help you determine the maximum value of your car accident case. First of all, it’s especially important to realize this is a complex process. Despite what’s on the internet there isn’t a magic formula to evaluate a case.
The value of your 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. Finally, the facts of your case can’t change but how Bartlett Legal Group uncovers the facts and presents them can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.
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. You should contact an experienced car accident attorney if there are injuries or there is major property damage. 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 uses comparative fault rules. Let’s say we go 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. In other words, 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-one percent at fault or higher, you receive nothing, and you owe your attorney nothing.
5) Do I need a car accident lawyer?
You should call an experienced car accident attorney from the scene of the accident if there are injuries or there is major property damage. Calling from the scene is especially relevant and can have a major impact on the outcome of a potential claim or lawsuit. You need to contact an experienced attorney with medical staff 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 I have to notify the police?
You must notify police 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:
- Notify police and other emergency personnel right away. First call 911, and then call a car accident lawyer at Bartlett Legal Group.
- Don’t try to move an injured person unless there is a vehicle fire or other immediate risk.
- Also, covering an injured person with a blanket can help prevent shock.
Reporting a Car Accident
It’s important to realize that 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 the 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 strong case.
- For several weeks document all of your injuries associated with the accident and include re-injured preexisting injuries. It is quite common to feel fine initially but start to feel pain in a day or two. Finally and most importantly, a medical professional must document all of your injuries.
8) What information should I give the police?
You must show the following documents to police:
- Driver’s license
- Registration card
- Connecticut insurance card
- Current address
Bartlett Legal Group will be able to get a copy of the official accident report.
9) How much will a car accident lawyer 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. You only pay us if you accept a settlement or receive an award at trial.
10) Should I take an offer and who makes the decision to take an offer?
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 car accident lawyer 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 an 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. As a result his 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.
Avvo, a national independent attorney ranking service rates Attorney Bartlett with the highest car accident lawyer rating available based on many factors including client reviews, other lawyers’ evaluations, experience, and finally results.
13) Do I need a car accident lawyer near me?
We are at 126 Elm St. Cheshire, Connecticut. We represent clients in all Connecticut towns and in all of Connecticut’s courts. Distance is not an issue in this age of electronics. In addition, we have a network of experienced attorneys across the country that we can contact for you if your accident occurred in another state. Please call us.
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. Many insurance companies will try to settle quickly for less than your case is worth. There’s nothing wrong with taking a settlement if it is fair, but it’s important to realize you need an experienced car accident lawyer on your side. We will work on your behalf to achieve fair compensation for your injuries.
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 help maximize your compensation and get you a fair and just settlement.
It’s not just about physical damage. A serious car accident can leave emotional scars that take a long 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 and staff can help protect your interests and maximize your compensation. Don’t accept less than you should from 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.
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In conclusion, our mission at Bartlett Legal Group is to continue to be the best car accident law firm in Connecticut and having the highest client satisfaction.