New Britain Car Accident Lawyer
Filing a Motor Vehicle Accident Claim in Connecticut
No one expects to be involved in a car accident, but when it does happen,
it’s important to know what to do next. The steps you take immediately
after the crash, as well as in the days and weeks following the accident,
can make all the difference in your physical, emotional, and financial recovery.
If you were injured in an accident, and you believe someone else was at
fault, reach out to our team at
Carter Mario Law Firm. Our attorneys have the experience and resources to guide you through
the process of filing a personal injury claim. We are adept at working
with insurance companies and know how to aggressively negotiate with adjusters
to secure maximum settlements for our clients. If necessary, however,
we are fully prepared to represent you and your case in court.
our office in New Britain, our car accident attorneys represent clients throughout Hartford County
in all types of motor vehicle accident claims. If you were injured in
a collision with another passenger car or a large truck, commercial vehicle,
or motorcycle, our firm can help you protect your rights and seek maximum
compensation for your damages.
Contact us onlineor call (860) 590-9933to request a free initial consultation with a member of our team today.
When to File a Car Accident Claim
Because Connecticut follows a fault-based (or “tort”) system
when it comes to motor vehicle accidents, you are entitled to file a claim
against an at-fault driver (or another party) after any significant collision.
If you sustained injuries in the crash, or if your vehicle or other personal
property was damaged, you may wish to file a claim so that you can recover
compensation for your damages. In legal terms, “damages” are
the collective losses, economic and otherwise, you suffer due to the accident.
These might include things like medical expenses, vehicle repairs, lost
wages, and pain and suffering.
To determine if you have grounds to file a car accident claim, our attorneys
at Carter Mario Law Firm can review the following:
- The nature, severity, and extent of your injuries and related damages
- Whether someone else, such as another driver, acted negligently or wrongfully
- Whether this negligent or wrongful conduct was the cause of the crash and/or
- Whether you were partly at fault for the accident and what degree of fault,
if any, you had
After the accident, you should act quickly if you wish to file a claim.
The insurance company will likely require you to file your claim within
a “reasonable" time. The exact length of time could vary depending
on the specific insurance policy and other factors. Additionally, the
state of Connecticut has a two-year statute of limitations on most personal
injury lawsuits, including those involving car accidents. This means that
if you wish to sue the at-fault driver for damages, you generally only
have two years from the date of the accident to do so.
Can You File a Claim If You Were Partly at Fault?
While some car accidents occur due to the negligence of a single party,
more often than not, multiple people are partially to blame. So, what
happens if you were partly at fault for the accident? Can you still file
a claim and recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages,
vehicle repair costs, and other damages?
The short answer is, yes, you
can still file a car accident claim in Connecticut if you share some of the
blame. The state follows a
modified comparative negligence rule, meaning, you can only file a claim if you
were no more than 50% at fault. Additionally, if you are found to share
some of the blame for the accident, you cannot recover the full amount
of your damages. Instead, your total recovery will be reduced by your
For example, if you were hit in an intersection by someone who ran a red
light, but you were going several miles per hour over the posted speed
limit at the time, the court may find you 25% at fault. If you suffered
$10,000 in damages, you would only be able to collect up to 75% of this
amount, or $7,500.
The insurance company will often use this rule to its advantage. The adjuster
may try to claim that you were significantly at fault for the accident
in an attempt to underpay your claim—or even deny it altogether.
It is important that you work with an experienced attorney who can fight
back against the insurance company’s efforts to avoid paying you
the rightful compensation you are owed. Our team at Carter Mario Law Firm
has a proven track record of success in complex car accident claims, having
secured over $1 billion in compensation for our clients.
Contact our office today to learn how we can help you with your case.
Why You Should Hire an Attorney for Your Car Accident Claim
While it may seem easier to handle your car accident claim on your own,
working with an attorney can ultimately save you a great deal of time
and stress. After the accident, you should be focused on getting the medical
treatment and care you need to heal—not on fighting with insurance
adjusters to get the compensation you deserve.
When you hire our New Britain car accident lawyers, we will immediately
begin investigating your claim and gathering evidence to support your
case. Our firm will handle every legal detail, including negotiating with
the insurance company on your behalf. If the insurance company refuses
to offer a fair settlement, we can begin litigation and represent you at trial.
At Carter Mario Law Firm, we understand just how overwhelming it is to
be involved in a serious car accident. Our goal is to help you navigate
the legal process with as little stress as possible. Our office is open
and staffed 24/7, and we return all calls within the same day or lunch
is on us. Throughout the legal process, you receive online access to your
file, as well as a team of four legal professionals dedicated entirely
to you and your case.
We offer free initial consultations and do not collect any attorney fees
unless we win your case. Call (860) 590-9933or submit an online contact form
today to request an appointment.