A beautiful and historic city, Hartford, Connecticut, serves as the state’s capital, and it has a lot to offer both residents and visitors. From Riverside Park and the other parks and walkways lining the Connecticut River to the many stores, restaurants, and other public establishments around town, people of all walks can find pleasing recreation, entertainment, and attractions.
A pedestrian accident with a car or some other vehicle in Hartford can cause severe, life-threatening injuries because victims do not have the enclosures that protect vehicle occupants.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a pedestrian accident in Hartford, you could obtain compensation from the driver responsible. The Hartford pedestrian accident lawyer at The Flood Law Firm can review your case and advise you of your option at no cost, and we can fight hard to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. Contact us today for your free consultation.
In 2012, experienced attorneys and brothers Brian and Chris Flood founded The Flood Law Firm with a mission to deliver the highest level of representation possible to those who suffered a serious injury or loss through no fault of their own. Over the years, we have recovered millions of dollars in total compensation for our clients, and we have gained reputations for our fierce advocacy and tenacity during settlement negotiations and at trial.
Some items we believe set our law firm apart include:
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According to Connecticut by the Numbers, the state saw 5,620 pedestrian accidents over a recent four-year period, with 254 pedestrian fatalities. Of those, the majority reported no distraction or improper action by the pedestrian, making the vehicle driver solely to blame. Pedestrian accidents also see a high number of hit-and-run scenarios.
Reports claim that Frog Hollow and Park Street see the highest number of pedestrian accidents overall in Hartford, with 40 crashes and 29 injuries on average per year. Other dangerous areas include Capitol Avenue and the areas around Bushnell Park and the Bushnell Performing Arts Center. The University of Hartford, Trinity College, and Hartford Hospital. Albany Avenue, Walnut Street, and the areas around Pope Park also see a lot of pedestrian accidents.
Pedestrian accidents can happen virtually anywhere in Hartford, and they most commonly occur at intersection crosswalks or on sidewalks located next to busy roads. A lot of pedestrian accidents also occur in parking lots and parking garages.
Most of the time, negligent or careless vehicle drivers cause pedestrian accidents because they failed to pay attention and struck a pedestrian on the side of the road or in a crosswalk.
Some common reasons for pedestrian accidents involving vehicles in Hartford include:
Some aggressive drivers may pull onto a sidewalk or walkway intentionally to get around traffic. This extremely dangerous behavior can injure several pedestrians at once.
Another common cause of pedestrian accidents is rideshare drivers, such as Uber and Lyft. Many times, these drivers are in high pedestrian traffic areas, too focused on their GPS, rideshare app, or texting to notice pedestrians in their path until it is too late.
If a driver injured you due to their negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, contact the award-winning pedestrian accident attorneys at The Flood Law Firm for help.
Since pedestrians do not have safety barriers and enclosures to protect them in a collision, pedestrian accidents cause severe injuries to victims, even in relatively low-speed crashes. Pedestrians can suffer injury from the initial impact as well as from falling to the ground or a vehicle running over them.
Some common serious injuries that can result from a pedestrian accident include:
Even if you do not believe your injuries are serious at the time of the accident, get a full medical evaluation as soon as possible. Some internal injuries, such as brain injuries and soft tissue damage, may not present symptoms immediately, and some injuries can worsen over time. Always make your top priority your health and well-being—and going to the doctor will provide documentation that you suffered an injury, which you need to pursue compensation.
The Hartford pedestrian accident lawyers at The Flood Law Firm LLC are committed to helping our clients get the maximum financial recovery possible for their injuries. Common damages we recover for our clients include:
Economic damages to cover the financial costs of your injury:
Non-economic damages cover your intangible losses and adverse effects and do not have a readily defined dollar amount.
In some cases, such as those that involved unlawfulness, wanton recklessness, or intentional harm, the court may award punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer. The court awards punitive damages only at its discretion, but if an intoxicated driver caused the accident and your injuries, for instance, speak with your attorney about taking your case to trial.
To obtain compensation for your injuries in Hartford, you must show that the vehicle driver caused you injuries in the pedestrian accident. Your attorney may use your medical records to show your injuries, and they can use accident reports, surveillance video, and other evidence to prove the driver’s liability for your injuries.
The pedestrian accident claims process usually begins with your attorney filing an injury claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If the driver didn’t have auto insurance or a hit-and-run driver struck you, you may have to file a claim with your own insurance, and you can rely on an attorney for help with that too.
Your attorney will submit a demand letter that details your injuries and how the driver’s auto insurance policy makes them liable. Many times, insurance companies respond with a low settlement figure, and your attorney can negotiate to get a higher amount.
If you can’t reach a settlement, you may need to take your case to court. Your attorney can file a lawsuit in civil court, but Connecticut only allows you two years from your injury to file. Therefore, consult a Hartford pedestrian accident attorney right away to get started building your case.
The personal injury attorneys at The Flood Law Firm LLC are seasoned trial lawyers. We will do everything we can to settle quickly and efficiently, but not if that means you will get less than you deserve. Our law firm’s co-founder, attorney Brian Flood, has successfully conducted more trials than any other attorney in the state, and we are prepared to fight hard for you to help you get the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Insurance companies want to avoid paying on claims since it eats into their profits, so they may blame you for the accident. Connecticut follows a contributory negligence model for determining damages in a personal injury case, so the insurance company or other party may try to prove you were more than 50 percent at fault for causing the accident and thus prohibited from pursuing compensation.
The insurer may claim that you were not in the crosswalk when the accident occurred or you darted out into traffic unexpectedly, leaving no time for the driver to avoid striking you. They may claim you failed to adhere to pedestrian traffic rules, and that caused the crash.
Whatever the case, you need an attorney on your side to assert your rights and show through solid evidence you bore no responsibility for causing your injuries.
A third party may have contributed to your accident. For example, another driver may have hit the car that struck you, pushing the vehicle into you. A major component of the at-fault driver’s car may have failed and caused them to lose control. You may seek compensation from the part’s manufacturer if the vehicle’s tire blew out or after a problem with the brakes or steering, for instance.
Liability in a pedestrian accident in Hartford is not always cut and dry. However, the attorneys at The Flood Law Firm will fully investigate your case and work diligently to hold all responsible parties accountable.
If a careless or reckless driver hurt you or killed a close family member in Hartford in a pedestrian accident, you have legal options to obtain compensation. Hartford personal injury lawyers at The Flood Law Firm are here to help you get everything you need to recover as fully as possible from this preventable tragedy.
Contact us today for your free consultation.
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