Portsmouth Car Accident Attorneys
Call Us If You’ve Been in a Wreck
Reckless and negligent drivers are all over the road at pretty much any given time. You should always drive defensively to avoid them, but you never be sure when they’ll crash into you. If you were hit by a dangerous driver in Portsmouth, then you should know that you aren’t alone and that you have your options to demand compensation for their recklessness.
Upton & Hatfield LLP and our Portsmouth accident lawyers are here to provide unmatched legal representation for you and your family. When a wreck has set your life off-center, you can depend on us to help bring everything back to normal through a coordinated and comprehensive car accident claim. Whether we can negotiate for a fair settlement or need to fight the opposition in court, we’re the local team you’re going to want on your side.
Most Common Causes of Car Accidents
What did the other driver do to cause your car accident? Did they cut you off without looking? Did they run a red light? Did they speed well beyond the limit and lose control of their car?
Whatever the cause of your car accident, it is important for us to uncover it. Understanding the cause and proving it as such will help establish liability. We want to keep your liability at 0% and the other driver’s liability at 100%.
Some of the most common causes of car accidents are:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving like texting and driving
- Running red lights
- Changing lanes without checking mirrors
- Exhausted driving
Most Common Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents
The outcome of a car accident can be unpredictable. Some people will be minorly injured in a crash where others are catastrophically injured in the same accident. We can work with medical experts to get a clear idea of the injuries that you suffered in your car accident. Importantly, we need to know how your injuries are going to impact your day-to-day life and comfort.
Injuries that are commonly reported by car accident victims are:
- Broken bones
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Our Portsmouth car accident lawyers can also help you if you lost a loved one to a fatal car accident. We know how to manage a wrongful death claim that seeks damages in their name and for your loss.
How is Liability Determined in a Connecticut Car Accident?
Connecticut uses a modified comparative negligence rule when determining liability for accidents and injuries. If you are 50% liable or more for your car accident, then you cannot recover any damages from the other driver. It is paramount that we use convincing evidence to minimize your liability as much as possible.
To determine liability, we can use evidence like:
- Dashcam footage
- Eyewitness statements
- Police reports
- Photographs of the scene
With the right evidence, we can build a strong case and a convincing argument to explain why you did nothing wrong that led to the crash. For example, footage from your dashcam could show that you were driving with a green light when the other motorist crashed into you. Or statements from passersby could be used to establish that the other driver turned left in front of you, leaving no time or space for you to come to a safe stop.
Can You Recover Compensation If You Were in a Hit & Run?
Hit and run accidents are frustrating for many reasons, including the fact that financial recovery is not guaranteed. If you cannot identify the driver who hit you, then how can you get compensation from them? The answer lies in your auto insurance policy. Uninsured motorist coverage can be used to get compensation after being in a hit and run accident, but that means you will have to file a claim with your own insurance provider. Even though you pay them monthly premiums, you should not expect them to make your hit and run or uninsured motorist claim easy. Turn to our car accident lawyers in Portsmouth for help and guidance.
How Long Do You Have to File a Car Accident Claim?
There is a two-year statute of limitations on car accident claims in Connecticut. Under rare circumstances, the statute might be extended to three years, but it cannot be extended any further. You should assume that you have two years from the date of your accident and act accordingly.
Keep in mind that the two-year statute of limitations applies to filing a civil claim in pursuit of compensation. To file an auto insurance claim with your insurance provider, there might be a brief time limit of a month, a few weeks, or even less.
We’re Here to Lead the Way – Call Today
Our car accident attorneys in Portsmouth are here to take your claim and bring it to the next level. We want to create a case that the opposition sees and decides is too tough to fight. With more than 100 years of collective legal experience, you can trust in our abilities to challenge any insurer and pursue any amount of compensation.
Discuss the details of your car accident case during a FREE case evaluation.
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