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Car Accidents

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.

Dial (603) 716-9777 or contact us online to get a free consultation about your car accident claim.

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
  • Speeding
  • 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
  • Whiplash
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Amputations

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.

Representative Matters

  • Criminal Defense

    Have negotiated numerous matters for clients resulting in the prosecutor agreeing not to move forward with the charges.

  • Criminal Defense

    Successfully argued in court many times to exclude evidence obtained in violation of clients’ constitutional rights, resulting in dismissal of the charge.

  • Criminal Defense

    Using experts and investigative experience, defeated a felony arson charge for a client.

  • Criminal Defense

    Successfully cross-examined alleged victim, revealing the victim’s lies and preventing client from being convicted of felony assault charges.

  • Criminal Defense

    Convinced authorities a client should not be charged with felony “white-collar” criminal charges through advocacy during the criminal investigation stage. This early intervention saved client from significant legal defense costs and loss of reputation damages.


Why Hire Us?

Our Promise to Our Clients
  • A Reputation for Excellence

    We are known for our unwavering commitment to achieving the objectives of our clients.

  • A Legacy of Successful Results

    Our 100-year legacy is built on achieving successful results for our clients.

  • Committed to the Community

    We are proud to support a number of worthy non-profit organizations as a way to give back to our community.

  • Diverse Breadth of Experience

    We provide our clients with full-service legal representation across a variety of practice areas.

  • Client-Focused Solutions

    We pride ourselves on providing our clients with personalized legal representation that meets their unique needs.

  • Experience on Your Side

    Founded in 1908, we put more than 100 years of practice and experience to work for our clients.

A Reputation for Outstanding Service

Developed Client by Client
  • “The attorneys and staff at the Hillsborough office were very knowledgeable and helpful. I have also used them for estate planning and have recommended them to many of my friends and family.”

    - Amanda V.
  • “Heather Burns and Michael McGrath were a methodical and dedicated team throughout my medical malpractice case. They were relentless in their search for every detail and aspect of their findings. They left no stone unturned.”

    - Christina L.
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