Injury from car, truck, or motorcycle accident
Motor vehicle accidents are a significant cause of injury and death in Connecticut.
Did you know one of the most common personal injury claims filed in Connecticut is from motor vehicle accidents? Despite motor vehicles becoming safer in recent years, injuries and fatalities continue to increase. According to a recent study published by the National Safety Council, Connecticut motor vehicle fatalities have increased by 42% in the first three months of 2020, totaling 87 deaths. Although an accident can be over in a matter of minutes or even seconds, the time it takes to recover both physically and financially can take much longer.
If you or a family member has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, the best step you can take is to secure the representation of a skilled, experienced personal injury attorney.
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We are specialists who focus solely on personal injury law, including motor vehicle cases.
You don’t want to go up against an insurance company, hospital or large corporation without the skilled representation of a personal injury lawyer on your side. At Cavanaugh Law, we take care of the stress and challenges of dealing with insurance companies and creditors. Although we work for individuals rather than insurance companies, we have extensive experience working on the insurance side of personal injury claims. An experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to skillfully counter the tactics that insurance companies typically use to undermine your case.
Most importantly, we understand what it takes to build the strongest possible cases for our clients. We have expertise in negotiating with insurance companies to get our clients the maximum level of compensation for motor vehicle injuries or death. In addition, if a settlement cannot be met and agreed upon in court or if the insurance company refuses to negotiate, a personal injury lawyer can file a lawsuit to seek a settlement in court.
We work on a contingency basis, meaning there is no cost to you unless we have been successful in making a recovery for you.
What should I do after a motor vehicle accident?
There is a lot that may be going through your head after getting into an accident, especially if you or a loved one has sustained injuries as a result. However, there are several steps that you should take as soon as possible after an automobile accident to protect your rights. These steps are particularly important if you or a passenger in your car has been injured:
- Step 1: Check yourself and everyone involved in the accident for injuries. Do not move anyone that appears to be injured.
- Step 2: Call the police and exchange information with everyone involved at the scene of the accident. Obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses, and exchange insurance information with the other driver. However, do not discuss fault for the collision. Photograph any injuries along with the exterior and interior of the vehicles involved in the accident.
- Step 3: Seek immediate medical treatment We advise clients not to refuse treatment from an emergency responder or paramedic. If you do not go to the hospital immediately following the accident, see a physician as soon as possible.
- Step 4: Support your claim by gathering evidence including photos of all the motor vehicles involved, debris on the road as a result of the accident (such as roadway skid marks), weather conditions and traffic.
- Step 5: Inform your auto insurance carrier as soon as possible. And remember, withholding information from your insurance carrier may give them a basis for denying coverage that otherwise would be available to you.
- Step 6: Keep a record of all documents that can help prove your loses.
- Step 7: Talk to a personal injury attorney before filing or signing any checks or insurance documents, giving recorded statements to any insurance company, including your own, or meeting with an insurance company representative.
For a detailed step-by-step guide of what to do after an accident with injuries, click here.
Common motor vehicle accident injuries
An unexpected motor vehicle accident can impact your life for weeks and possibly years to come. Some bodily injuries, such as broken bones or visible wounds, are easy to detect while others may present themselves after the accident. The most common injuries resulting from a motor vehicle accident include:
- Soft tissue injuries: A soft tissue injury is any damage to the body’s connective tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, etc.). Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash, sprains, strains and contusions, may take 24 hours or longer to show up after the accident.
- Scrapes and cuts: When you’re in a car accident, anything inside your vehicle can become a projectile and cause scrapes and cuts upon contact. While minor scrapes may not require medical treatment, more serious lacerations may require stitches and multiple visits to the doctor to effectively treat.
- Head Injuries: A high-speed motor vehicle accident may result in a jolt that causes a victim’s head to hit the car’s steering wheel, windshield or even the side window. This physical action can result in a concussion or a more serious brain injury.
- Chest injuries: Contusions and bruises to the chest are quite common in a motor vehicle accident. Even if a victim does not directly come into contact with the steering wheel or dashboard, the sheer force of the impact, combined with hitting the seat belt, may result in serious injury.
- Arm and leg injuries: Bone sprains or breaks in limbs are not uncommon in a car accident. For example, if a vehicle is hit from the side, a person’s arms and legs may be thrust into the side door. Many common leg injuries can get worse as you age or if you don’t get the proper treatment following the accident.
It’s important to remember that depending on the nature and severity of the injury, it may take days, weeks, or months for symptoms to appear. This unpredictability is why seeking immediate medical attention after a motor vehicle accident is so critical.
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