New Canaan Auto Accident Attorney
Traffic collisions are one of the world’s primary causes of accidental deaths. Globally, 1.3 million people are killed in a vehicle accident each year — a number that breaks down to nearly 3,300 per day, and ranks as the world’s ninth leading cause of death. Tens of millions of people are also seriously injured each year as the result of poor or inattentive driving, driving while intoxicated or the rising epidemic of distracted driving, which now kills thousands of people annually.
These sobering statistics cast a light on how critically important it is to protect yourself on the road. Yet even the best preparation only mitigates the risk. If you’re a Fairfield County or New Canaan resident who has suffered a personal injury during a vehicle collision, it’s vitally important to assert your legal rights.
What to do in the case of a serious road accident
Vehicle collisions are often frightening and deeply traumatic experiences. Through no fault of your own, you may be living with the physical, psychological and financial consequences of a serious collision for years to come. The best way to ensure that you remain protected from the negligent actions of others is to follow smart protocols in the aftermath of a serious collision.
Some of the steps you should take post-accident include:
- Check yourself for injuries and seek medical attention even if nothing is obviously wrong. In high-speed collisions, internal injuries aren’t always apparent.
- Exchange information with any witnesses, police officers and the other driver. Write down a description of how the collision occurred.
- Shoot photos and video of damage to the vehicles, the positioning of the vehicles and the surrounding area.
- Keep detailed records of all expenses you’ve accrued as the result of the accident. This includes medical bills, lost wages, transportation costs, etc.
- After you contact your insurer, you may wish to consider hiring an experienced Fairfield County or New Canaan personal injury lawyer to help protect your legal rights.
The Most Impactful Steps You Can Take to Lower Your Risk of a Vehicle Accident
Even a relatively minor traffic accident can be traumatizing, or lead to serious and possibly life-long injuries. Fortunately, there are some smart steps you can take to significantly minimize your chances of being in such a collision.
Let’s take a closer look.
Step One: Eliminate Driver Inattention
Most people now realize that texting while driving and other forms of inattention are very dangerous Yet many of us still do not grasp the scope of the problem. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration estimates that an astonishing 80% of all collisions may be linked to driver inattention.
Inattention goes well beyond texting while driving. Reaching for drinks, speaking on a cell phone, and eating or consuming beverages can also lead to brief periods of inattention that could have deadly consequences.
Step Two: Eliminate Drowsy Driving
While drowsy driving isn’t as common as driver inattention, the repercussions can be much more severe. While an inattentive driver may have a chance to course correct before a collision occurs, a sleeping driver is often utterly helpless until the moment of impact or a split second prior.
This means that it is imperative to never drive when there is a risk of falling asleep. It’s estimated that taking the wheel when tired increases the odds of a collision by up to 400%.
Step Three: Develop Strong Situational Awareness
The conditions that create traffic collisions can sometimes be recognized as they develop. By scanning the horizon for fast-developing traffic changes — and paying close attention to the behavior of the other drivers with whom you’re sharing the road — you can raise your own awareness and make the quick decisions necessary to avoid collisions.
Step Four: Reduce Speed and Observe Smart Safety Protocols
More than 10,000 crashes occur in the US each year from excessive speed. In addition to taking things more slowly, it’s also imperative to stay abreast of the traffic rules in your area and make sure your car is well-maintained. Bald tires, for example, will often cause your vehicle to slide in wet weather.
A Dedicated/powerful Advocate for Auto Accident Victims
At Brickley Law, we have the experience to handle even the most complex motor vehicle accident cases. Areas include:
- Whiplash Injury Accidents
- Rollover Accidents
- Roof Collapse Accidents
- Uber Passenger Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Big Rig Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Wrongful Death Accidents
The benefits of hiring an experienced legal advocate
It’s important to remember that — even if you’re clearly not at fault in a vehicle collision — receiving equitable compensation is not always a straightforward or simple process. Insurance companies are in the business of generating profits for shareholders; in order to do so, they need to minimize claims and payouts.
Insurance companies also have vast resources at their disposal, in terms of money, staff and general knowledge of the claims and legal processes. It’s hardly surprising that many injury victims feel intimidated by the prospect of dealing with a large insurer. Insurance companies know this, and use it to their advantage.
Personal injury attorneys are here to serve as an advocate on your behalf. Firms such as Brickley Law have deep experience handling vehicle collision cases, and understand the complexity of the issues involved.
By partnering with an experienced local attorney, you can be certain that your legal rights will be vigorously protected — and that you will have the best possible chance to receive everything to which you’re entitled under the law.
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