Car Accident FAQs
Common Questions About Auto Accidents
If you’ve recently been in a car crash, you probably need answers. Below is a list of frequently asked questions about auto accidents. This can help you get started immediately, so your legal rights are protected.
- Do I Have a Case?
- What If I Was Partially At-Fault for the Accident?
- Will My Case Go to Court?
- Can I Afford to Hire an Attorney?
- Was Your Loved One or Friend Injured in a Car Accident?
- How Do You Prove My Car Accident Case?
- The Other Driver Does Not Have Insurance Coverage. What Are My Options?
- Are There Laws Against Texting While Driving in Connecticut
- Should I File a Lawsuit or Let the Insurance Company Handle Things?
- Can I Be Found Liable If I Was in a Rear-End Collision?
- If a Car and Bike Collide, Who Is At-Fault for the Accident?
- What Do I Do If I Am the Victim of a Hit-And-Run?
- Should I Notify the Other Driver’s Insurance of the Accident?
- Will My Insurance Rates Increase After I File a Claim?
- How Soon After the Accident Should I Get a Lawyer?
Do I Have a Case?
Each case is different and must be handled on an individual basis. After contacting The Flood Law Firm, our car accident lawyers will review your information and counsel you on what your best options are to proceed.
What If I Was Partially At-Fault for the Accident?
The damages you receive may be reduced if you are partially at-fault for the accident. The degree to which they are reduced depends on the extent of your fault in the accident, which can be discussed at your free consultation that is entirely confidential.
Will My Case Go to Court?
Most personal injury cases are settled out of court, where damages are agreed upon by the parties independent of a jury trial. However, The Flood Law Firm has extensive experience trying car accident injury cases and will bring yours to trial if it means the best possible outcome for you.
Can I Afford to Hire an Attorney?
The Flood Law Firm handles car accident cases on a contingency basis. Consultations about your case are free and you don’t pay anything up front. Our payment is contingent on whether our legal team is able to win a successful settlement or verdict for you against the offending party. Our firm has recovered millions on behalf of our clients.
Was Your Loved One or Friend Injured in a Car Accident?
Injuries to loved ones or friends can be devastating. If someone close to you was hurt in a car accident, we can help answer your legal questions and counsel you on what to do next. Call us at (877) 987-9529 for a free consultation.
How Do You Prove My Car Accident Case?
Our attorneys will take every possible step in building your case and ultimately gaining you full compensation for your accident and injuries. These steps include:
- Investigating the scene of the crash
- Interviewing witnesses and analyzing pictures and evidence from the scene
- Hiring experts in multiple fields to verify your claims
- Documenting your injuries and the effect they have had on your life.
- Reconstructing your accident for analysis
The Other Driver Does Not Have Insurance Coverage. What Are My Options?
You may still be able to gain compensation through your own insurance company or through a third-party lawsuit.
Are There Laws Against Texting While Driving in Connecticut?
Yes, under CT law it is illegal to drive while using a handheld device to text message.
Should I File a Lawsuit or Let the Insurance Company Handle Things?
Insurance companies often apply a formula to settlement offers that may not reflect the needs of your individual case, especially if injuries are severe or result in wrongful death. Having a lawyer on your side may ensure you receive fair compensation. If you have any concerns about your case, a personal injury attorney can help you understand all your legal options.
Can I Be Found Liable If I Was in a Rear-End Collision?
In rear-end collision, the damages to the vehicles prove how the accident occurred. If the front-end of the other car and the rear-end of your car are the only areas damaged, it is obvious you were struck from the rear. It is likely you would not be found liable in this case.
For multiple car incidents, when a third car strikes your vehicle from behind and forces you to rear-end a car in front of you – the third party would likely be found liable for the accident.
If a Car and a Bike Collide, Who Is At-Fault for the Accident?
Bicycles are considered vehicles under Connecticut law, so a cyclist must follow the same laws that apply to motorized vehicles. Fault in these types of accidents is determined by the principles of negligence. For example, you’re parked next to a bike lane and open your door without checking for oncoming cyclist, and you hit the cyclist with the door. In this case, you – the driver of the car – would likely be found negligent and at-fault.
What Do I Do If I Am the Victim of a Hit-And-Run?
If the driver leaves the scene, you may still be able to file a personal injury claim. Do your best to obtain any information about the car, such as the make, model, license plate number and description of the driver who hit you. Pass this information to the police, who may be able to determine the culprit.
Connecticut requires drivers to carry Uninsured Motorist Insurance coverage for these circumstances. This type of policy will cover the cost of your injures and property damage in the event of a hit-and-run.
Should I Notify the Other Driver’s Insurance of the Accident?
To best protect your interest, you should have your lawyer speak directly with the other person’s insurance company. This is done because their agent will most likely record any communications they have with you and use this as evidence for their client’s benefit. A reputable car accident attorney should be well-versed in the tactics insurance companies use.
Will My Insurance Rates Increase After I File a Claim?
Your rates may increase after filing a claim, depending on your insurance carrier. Some companies offer “accident forgiveness” programs for first-time accidents. Unfortunately, the general rule of thumb is that filing a claim increases your risk profile and therefore potentially your insurance premium.
How Soon After the Accident Should I Get a Lawyer?
As soon as possible. Connecticut state law has strict time limitations for filing personal injury claims. Waiting too long could weaken your claim or cause you to lose your right to file altogether. Some accidents are so severe they require extensive recovery time or grief, making self-representation extremely difficult.
An attorney can help you quickly gather the relevant evidence, such as witness testimony and medical treatment records. A lawyer can also handle any extenuating circumstances that compound the difficulties of your claim, such as insurance bad faith practices, or factoring in future medical care into the value of your settlement claim.
Accident Attorneys Fighting for Your Interests
The attorneys at The Flood Law Firm have decades of experience fighting on behalf of vehicle accident victims. If you have been in an accident, let them use their expertise to represent your claim and help you get the compensation you are due. Contact them today for a free, no-obligation case review.