Car accidents affect the lives of thousands of drivers across Connecticut every year. According to data from the University of Connecticut’s Connecticut Crash Data Repository, 112,686 collisions occurred statewide in a single recent year. That figure included 242 fatal car accidents and nearly 12,000 crashes with suspected injuries.
Car accidents can leave drivers and passengers in serious and often debilitating pain and generate piles of medical bills. But there is help for victims of car crashes due to someone else’s wrongdoing.
The Connecticut car accident lawyers at Wocl Leydon, LLC, have been helping accident victims since 1991. Since our founding, we’ve helped our clients recover millions in compensation for their injuries.
We are ready to answer any questions you have about your car accident, and we offer free initial consultations. Learn more by calling either of our Connecticut locations or visiting our contact page.
Most Common Types of Car Accidents in Connecticut
Here are a few of the most common types of car accidents that happen in Connecticut:
- Rollover accidents – Rollover accidents can occur when a vehicle with a high center of gravity rounds a corner too sharply, causing it to overturn. Rollover accidents also happen when a vehicle experiences a tire blowout or after a high-speed impact with another car. Rollovers are especially dangerous because drivers and passengers can be flung about within the vehicle’s interior or be ejected.
- Head-on collisions – Head-on crashes are some of the most severe accidents. Drivers and passengers can sustain life-threatening injuries due to the force of impact between two vehicles heading in opposite directions. Head-on crashes are often the result of drivers being distracted or driving while intoxicated or fatigued.
- Hit-and-run accidents – Hit-and-run accidents are aggravating because victims cannot hold reckless, irresponsible drivers responsible for their actions. Some drivers may flee after an accident because they’re intoxicated, aren’t carrying insurance or their insurance doesn’t meet state requirements, or their driver’s license isn’t invalid. Even if the hit-and-run driver is never found, you may be able to recover compensation from your own policy’s uninsured motorist (UM) coverage.
- Rear-end collisions – Many rear-end collisions result from drivers following too closely behind vehicles in front of them, meaning they don’t have enough time to stop safely to avoid a crash. Rear-end collisions can lead to painful injuries like whiplash.
- Multiple vehicle collisions – Multiple impact collisions are tricky because you may need to file multiple claims to get full compensation for your injuries. An example of how a multiple-vehicle collision can occur would be if three cars are traveling in a row and the vehicle in the rear collides with the middle vehicle, causing the middle vehicle to strike the vehicle in front.
- Side-impact (sideswipe) collisions – Side-impact or sideswipe collisions are generally the result of drivers being careless or distracted when merging, changing lanes, or making a turn. Taking care to double-check the area around the vehicle, including blind spots, when merging or making a turn can help avoid these kinds of accidents.
- Intersection accidents – Many accidents occur at intersections, often resulting from drivers failing to stop or yield the right-of-way. Intersection accidents are often caused by drivers being distracted, intoxicated, or tired before the crash.
Common Factors that Contribute to Car Accidents
Some of the most common causes of car accidents in Connecticut include:
- Speeding – Drivers moving at high speeds have less time and space to react in a hazardous situation on the road. Speeding also tends to lead to more significant injuries when crashes occur, as vehicles hit harder the faster they’re moving at impact.
- Distracted driving – Distractions affect drivers’ performance in three key ways: They take drivers’ hands off the steering wheel, take drivers’ eyes off the road in front of them, and prevent drivers from focusing on safely handling their vehicle. Any of these factors make a driver much more likely to be involved in an accident.
- Drunk or intoxicated driving – Alcohol and certain legal and illegal drugs impact a driver’s judgment, reflexes, and cognition, all of which are crucial to maintaining safe control over a vehicle. Intoxicated drivers are much more likely to make careless or reckless mistakes that might lead to a crash.
- Fatigued or drowsy driving – Overly tired drivers may have impaired judgment and slowed reflexes, both of which make an accident more likely. In extreme cases, a driver may fall asleep at the wheel and drift out of their lane, causing them to hit another vehicle or another object.
- Weather conditions – Rain, sleet, snow, ice, fog, and other weather hazards can make it hard to see around you and maintain control of the vehicle.
- Mechanical problems – Issues with a car’s brakes, engine, steering system, or other critical components can cause drivers to lose control and end up in an accident.
- Unsafe roads – When roads aren’t kept in good condition or proper signage isn’t in place to guide drivers, accidents become much more likely.
Liability for Car Accidents in Connecticut
Connecticut uses the concept of comparative negligence for personal injury claims. The rule states that a person can recover compensation for their injuries in an accident provided they do not bear the majority of the blame for the crash.
If someone is partially liable for the accident, their compensation would be reduced by their percentage of fault. As long as you do not bear more than 50 percent of the responsibility for a car accident, you can seek at least partial compensation for your injuries.
Connecticut law allows car accident victims to recover compensation for a wide variety of losses after a car accident, including:
- Lost wages and reduced ability to earn a living
- Medical bills related to treating injuries from the crash
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Damaged personal property
How Can Wocl Leydon Help Me after a Car Accident?
Here are some of the ways that our Connecticut personal injury lawyers can help you with your car accident claim:
- Investigating the crash to determine who’s responsible and what compensation you may be able to claim
- Gathering and preserving evidence to support your claim
- Handling insurance settlement negotiations and tending to your other legal needs
- Preparing your case for trial in the event a fair settlement can’t be reached
Our car accident attorneys are ready to review your case and let you know what your options are. To get a free case review, call our offices in Stamford or Bridgeport, or you can fill out our contact form.