From broken bones to whiplash, car accidents cause a range of injuries. The most devastating wrecks end with a fatality, leaving permanent impressions on family, friends, and other loved ones. If you’ve experienced this type of loss, The Flood Law Firm offers our sincerest apologies.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2015 alone, there were a total of 266 deaths as a result of crashes in the State of Connecticut. And while mourning should be the main focus following a tragedy of this nature, many are faced with the legal burdens surrounding the situation. This page will help you understand your rights and the rights of victims following a Connecticut car accident death.
If you need the assistance of a professional and experienced attorney during this difficult time, contact The Flood Law Firm today by calling (860) 346-2695. We will handle all aspects of your case, allowing you to concentrate on healing.
Fatalities on the road can stem from a myriad of reasons, including bad weather, speeding, and distracted driving. For more information on negligence behind the wheel, visit our car accident negligence page.
Regardless of how the crash occurs, when your loved one is killed due to another driver’s negligence, it is referred to as “wrongful death.”
Losing a family member in any wrongful death circumstance permits you the right to pursue financial compensation from the person or party at fault. Monetary compensation can never replace the loss of a loved one, but it can assist in offsetting the significant expenses that result from the wreck.
While it’s natural to feel helpless after losing a loved one in an auto accident fatality in Connecticut, there are specific actions you can take to protect the rights of your family, which all begin with finding an attorney.
Remember, the police can be wrong. Working with an attorney will help ensure that the car accident is reconstructed correctly, and does not leave you and your family at a legal disadvantage due to misplaced blame. The assistance of an experienced lawyer will give you the confidence you need to ensure that the accident report is correct, and due process is followed.
The two-year statute of limitations for a car accident death is not the only reason you should find a skilled lawyer as soon as possible, as a lawyer can also help you find possible witnesses to the accident. As more time passes, witnesses become harder to track down, as well as forgetful. It’s easier for an attorney to gain access to crucial testimony from people who were on the scene. Preserving these testimonies may be necessary for proving fault in the accident.
An attorney will ensure that crucial evidence regarding your loved one’s involvement in the accident is properly preserved – regardless of his or her specific role. A good car accident attorney can even conduct a separate investigation, obtain access to police and hospital records, and speak to medical and legal experts to gain insight into the wreck.
Some insurance providers will do their best to deny or delay parts of your claim after a fatal car accident takes place. The reason is simple: Fatality claims are expensive, and these companies want to avoid paying out money. A competent car accident lawyer will have the skills and authority to make sure that the insurance company honors its responsibility to your loved one and family.
Going through the legal process can be overwhelming, especially for families of those who have died in a fatal car accident in Connecticut. While you can file a wrongful death claim on your own, the paperwork, phone calls, and overall procedure that follows can often create more stress and suffering. As a result, you may feel prompted to give up.
In addition, Connecticut’s two-year statute of limitations gives you very little time to act. Not knowing about an important document or deadline may prolong your case past the point of being able to pursue financial damages. And while there is no amount of compensation that can undo the tragedy you’ve suffered, it can assist with hospital bills, missed wages, and other expenses associated with the accident and its aftermath.
At this time, your most pressing priority should be grieving the loss of your loved one, while working towards healing. The team of car accident attorneys at The Flood Law Firm can handle every detail of your case, with minimal inconvenience to you.
Nothing can replace the loss of someone you love. What we can do is help you receive justice, achieve a certain amount of closure, and make sure that your family has the resources to carry them through this difficult time. Call us today at (860) 346-2695 to talk about your options. We offer no-cost, no-obligation consultations, as well as complete privacy. We are here for you.