Stamford Car Accident Lawyers
Find Help When You Need It
The field of tort law is designed to allow injured victims to obtain financial compensation for their injuries. This is essential if you recently suffered an injury in a car accident. A car accident attorney serving Stamford, CT at Carter Mario Law Firm can help you deal with the other driver’s insurance company and successfully navigate the personal injury claims process.
The attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm have over 30 years of experience helping injured victims in Stamford and throughout Connecticut. Contact us today for a no-obligation case evaluation!
When to Talk with a Stamford Car Accident Lawyer
You should promptly contact a car accident lawyer in Stamford after your accident. Insurance companies move quickly to investigate the facts surrounding car accidents to find reasons to deny personal injury claims. The auto accident attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm can immediately start collecting evidence and building your case.
Minor Car Accidents
While you may have been involved in a minor car accident, your injuries and the pain you are suffering are not insignificant. Strained muscles and other minor injuries have noticeable effects on the way people live their lives. Additionally, your injuries still require you to obtain medical treatment.
A motor vehicle accident attorney helps you navigate the claims process following even minor collisions.
If you were a passenger in a vehicle and suffered an injury, you will likely have to file claims with your driver’s insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company. As a passenger, you are nearly blameless for the collision. However, a common issue which affects passenger claims is both drivers blame each other, which can prolong your case.
Talk with a car accident lawyer for help concerning collisions and wrecks in which you were merely a passenger.
Insurance companies often deny claims by arguing the victim caused the car collision. You still have a viable personal injury claim even if you are partially at fault. Under Connecticut’s modified comparative negligence statute (CT Gen Stat § 52-572h), you still have a claim as long as you are not more than 50% at fault.
Hit & Run Accidents
If you were injured due to a hit and run collision, you still have a viable personal injury claim. Connecticut requires all drivers to purchase automobile insurance, including uninsured motorist coverage, which is designed to provide insurance coverage in certain situations including hit & run accidents. During an uninsured motorist claim, your insurance company pretends to be the driver who fled the scene and you proceed as if it were a regular personal injury claim. A Stamford car accident lawyer can help you with the difficulties surrounding hit and run collisions.
Some car accidents cause victims to suffer catastrophic injuries. Victims may suffer catastrophic injuries that leave them permanently disabled. Worse yet, catastrophic injuries are sometimes fatal.
Car accidents in which victims suffer fatal injuries give rise to wrongful death claims. Pursuant to CT Gen Stat § 52-555, the executor or administrator of the estate can pursue a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver. Specifically, a wrongful death claim allows the victim’s estate to obtain financial compensation for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, lost wages, and mental anguish which is then distributed to the victim’s family members pursuant to the victim’s will or Connecticut’s intestacy laws.
Potential Damages for a Car Accident Claim
The way you obtain financial compensation when pursuing a personal injury claim is by claiming damages. According to CT Gen Stat § 52-572h, you can seek economic and non-economic damages. Depending on the facts of your accident, you may also be able to seek punitive damages under Connecticut’s common law.
Economic damages is another term for compensatory damages. You can claim economic damages for your monetary losses such as your past and future medical expenses. Additionally, you can also claim past and future lost wages.
You can also seek non-compensatory, i.e., non-economic, damages for the losses you suffered which do not have an exact monetary value. You can claim the physical pain you suffered due to your injuries. You can also seek compensation for the mental suffering you endured during the collision and during your recovery.
Unlike economic and non-economic damages which are designed to compensate victims for their injuries, punitive damages are intended to financially punish a tortfeasor. Additionally, punitive damages are also intended to deter future wrongdoers. To claim punitive damages, you must prove the other driver operated their vehicle in a reckless or grossly negligent manner, or acted with malice.
When you file a car accident lawsuit, you must prove each element of your claim, including your damages by a preponderance of the evidence, i.e., 51%. This will require you to testify in court and also provide copies of your treatment records and medical bills. If your injuries were severe, your case will likely require testimony by an expert medical witness regarding your injuries and treatment.
Common Types of Car Accident Cases in Stamford, CT
Over the course of 30 years, the car accident lawyers at Carter Mario have represented victims who suffered injuries in a variety of car accidents. Specifically, our attorneys have handled cases involving:
- Drunk drivers
- Drivers who talk or text on their cell phones while driving
- Rideshare vehicles
- Commercial trucks
Stamford Car Accident FAQ
Insurance companies do not want injured victims to consult an attorney. This is because insurance companies want injured victims to remain ignorant of their rights or potential claims. At Carter Mario, our Stamford car accident attorneys provide free consultations and case evaluations.
How Long You Have to File a Car Accident Claim
Pursuant to CT Gen Stat § 52-584, Connecticut law imposes a two-year statute of limitations on motor vehicle accident claims. This means you must act fast following your car accident. If you fail to file a lawsuit within two years, you are forever barred from pursuing your case in court.
How Much Do I Have To Pay A Stamford Car Accident Attorney?
You do not have to pay any upfront for legal fees or case expenses. The attorneys at Carter Mario represent injured victims on a contingency fee basis which means we only get paid if we win your case in court or negotiate a favorable settlement. Pursuant to our Zero Fee Warranty, our legal fee will not exceed the amount of money our clients earn.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Stamford
Obtaining medical treatment either at a hospital, your primary care provider, or an urgent care center should be your top priority. Additionally, you should call the police to ensure a police report regarding the collision is prepared. Next, you should attempt to document the scene of the collision by taking photographs of the vehicles. Finally, contact the Stamford auto accident attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm to represent you and your case.
Talk with a Stamford Car Accident Lawyer at Carter Mario
The car accident attorneys at Carter Mario have been fighting to protect the rights of injured victims for over 30 years. In addition to the numerous awards our attorneys have earned, we have obtained over one billion dollars in financial compensation for our injured clients. Contact us today for a confidential consultation with one of our Stamford car accident lawyers!