Serious auto accidents have been on the rise nationwide over the last few years, and Connecticut is no exception. State data showed that more than 300 people died on Connecticut roads in auto accidents in 2020 – a year-over-year increase of nearly 20-percent.
While observers have proposed a few theories about why fatalities are on the rise, one thing remains undeniable: Caution and preparation can help you avoid a bad outcome, both before and after an auto collision.
Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about auto accidents.
Avoiding Serious Injury
If you want to dramatically reduce your odds of being injured or killed in a traffic collision, there are two simple steps you can take to help accomplish that.
First, avoid speeding at all costs, especially in times of poor weather or visibility. National traffic data shows that up to one-third of all collisions are related to excessive speed.
Next, it’s imperative to put the smartphone down when you drive. Distracted driving is another primary cause of serious collisions.
Eliminate these two bad behaviors, and you can greatly curtail the odds of being in a collision that is wholly or partially your fault.
What to Do After a Collision
The decisions you make in the minutes after a serious car collision can have a major impact on your safety, health and well-being and financial prospects. If you are in this situation, consider the following steps:
- Move out of the road or away from danger. Often secondary accidents are deadlier than the initial collision.
- Immediately call 911 and law enforcement if the accident is serious.
- Seek a medical evaluation if the collision is significant. Serious internal injuries may not be apparent for days (or even months) post-collision.
- Take photos and videos of the crash scene to document it as evidence.
- Ask witnesses for their contact information. The neutral perspective of a third party can be crucial to settling insurance claims or court cases.
- Exchange your insurance and vehicle information with other motorists and ask law enforcement how to acquire a police report.
- Track ongoing medical expenses (these can include transport costs, lost wages, medical bills etc.).
Finding the Right Connecticut Auto Accident Attorney
Personal injury cases can be complex and establishing liability can be a challenge. Additionally, negotiating with an insurance company can be a fraught experience, especially since they have experienced negotiators and vast resources at their disposal.
An experienced Connecticut car accident lawyer can help balance the scales – and ensure that victims are fairly compensated.