After suffering injuries in a truck accident, it can be difficult to think about legal action. With the numerous physical, emotional, and financial concerns victims and their loved ones face, the situation can be overwhelming. Our personal injury attorneys at Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, understand what automobile accident victims go through, which is why we prioritize client care and communication. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation, simply contact us today. We are ready to assist you in any way that we can.
This article explains how truck accident claims are handled in Connecticut.
Immediately Following an Accident, You Should Seek Medical Treatment and File a Police Report
If you’ve been in any truck accident, you or someone else involved in or witness to the accident should call 911 and report the accident as well as any injuries immediately. You and any other victims or witnesses will be interviewed by police, the incident will be documented, and anyone injured will receive medical attention or be sent to the hospital. If you experience any symptoms at all in the hours or days following the accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
You should provide as much information as possible to the police officer investigating the truck accident scene. If the other party, such as the truck driver, tries to make a financial settlement offer or denies responsibility for the accident, you should contact a lawyer or the police for assistance. Some people who have been in accidents make the mistake of trying to figure out how bad their injuries are. In many cases, the extent of damage caused to property, vehicles, and personal injury is much worse than first appears.
Gather All Supportive and Relevant Evidence
This part can be challenging! The gathering of evidence begins immediately at the accident scene and can continue for months in advance with medical bills and conversations. We cannot emphasize enough how crucial it is to NOT admit fault, regardless of how evident it may be that you caused the accident.
If possible, capture photographs of the accident scene. Record your own thoughts and account of the accident as well. These types of details can become fuzzy over time, and something you may not have given much thought to could be the deciding factor in a case.
If there are any witnesses present, obtain their contact information in case you need a statement in the future. Especially in truck accident cases, it is possible that multiple parties are responsible for covering the losses. As well as the truck driver, the trucking company or business owner of the truck could incur some liability.
There is a Limited Amount of Time to File a Lawsuit
After a certain period of time has passed since the alleged accident, a person loses the right to file a lawsuit. It is referred to as the statute of limitations. This deadline may be modified based on the circumstances. If it is missed, the injured party loses the right to file a claim.
After a car accident, there is a two-year window in which to file a lawsuit, according to Connecticut General Statutes § 52-284. You have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim for damages on behalf of someone who was injured in a car accident that wasn't your fault.
After an accident, you must file a claim with the negligent party's insurance company before filing a lawsuit for damages. Insurance companies typically have claims submission deadlines that must be met, so filing a claim as soon as possible is recommended.
Surviving family members have two years to pursue a wrongful death claim, as per GS § 52-555. This time limit, however, starts on the day of the victim's death rather than the day of the accident.
Consult a CT Truck Accident Lawyer
A truck accident attorney's objective is to ensure that their client receives adequate compensation for all of their losses resulting from an accident caused by the negligence of another party. Typically, he or she handles cases on a contingency basis and can provide you with invaluable advice.
Once you retain a lawyer, he or she will collect additional information and evidence to help establish your case and pursue maximum compensation for your losses. They may require access to medical records and may suggest expert witnesses who can support your claims.
Insurance companies play a significant role in truck accident cases. Insurance companies may initially offer a lowball settlement amount and place pressure on you to accept it quickly. A truck accident attorney has the knowledge and expertise to negotiate with insurance companies in order to maximize the settlement.
Our CT Truck Accident Lawyers Are Here 24/7 To Answer Any Questions That You Have About Filing a Claim
We recognize that fear and anxiety may be affecting your day-to-day activities after a truck accident. You may be in agony following an accident, but you may also be concerned about your mounting medical bills and inability to work. We stand as your support system. If you find yourself in this situation, the truck accident attorneys at Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, can provide you with counsel and representation.
We are committed to providing our clients with exceptional legal representation and the outcomes they want. Due to this, we continue to be among the top law firms in Connecticut for truck accidents. For decades, our attorneys have advocated for accident victims. Others in your position have sought our assistance to recover from injuries, particularly those caused by the negligence of another.
Contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation so we can discuss your situation.