Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts car accident lawyer has handled numerous wrongful death matters and injury claims arising from intersection, lane departure, run-off-road, rear-end and head-on collisions of motor vehicles.
Car accidents can happen at any time due to a number of outside circumstances, such as weather, car maintenance, or driving under the influence. Car accidents unfortunately lead to severe consequences for everyone involved in the accident and can often be life threatening. If you or a loved one have been involved in a Connecticut or Massachusetts car accident, do not hesitate to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Connecticut And Massachusetts Car Accidents
Car accidents occur throughout each state, although every state has unique car accident statistics. Connecticut has seen a fluctuation in fatal car accidents over the last 5 years and the numbers continue to shift up and down each year. During 2012, there were 236 known traffic fatalities stemming from car accidents, 156 which were in urban communities while 77 took place in rural communities (3 were listed as unknown). This was greater than the number of fatal car accidents reported in 2011 (221 total), although noticeably lower than the number reported in 2008 (302 total).
Unfortunately, nearly half of all fatal car accidents reported during the last 5 years were related to driving under the influence, with 44% of drivers registering a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level greater than .01 in 2012, and 39% registering a BAC level above .08 in 2012. This is above the national average of 41% of drivers registering a BAC above .01 and 35% of drivers registering a BAC above .08.
Additionally, the type of vehicle involved in car accidents makes a difference in the severity of the accident. While the vast majority of car accidents in Connecticut involve passenger cars, large utility trucks (such as semis) make up the next largest group of vehicle fatalities. Large trucks often cause devastating accidents and injuries due to the pitting of several tons of vehicle against a smaller, one-ton vehicle. Motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists are also at risk throughout the state since other motor vehicles do not typically look out for small vehicles or individuals.
Car accident damages can include compensation for the following:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship (for a spouse)
Damages are not limited to this amount, but can include other reasonable amounts which are shown to be the result of the accident, such as damages to your vehicle and other monetary losses.
Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, you understand the severity and impact of all injuries. Injuries do not just leave a physical scar, but also leave an emotional and financial one as well. You should not be responsible for covering all the damages from the accident if you were not the responsible party for the accident. The negligent party should be held responsible. Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts car accident lawyer has years of experience in handling car accident cases and understand that each case is unique and different. Our attorney will fight tirelessly to assist you in receiving compensation for your injuries. Contact our West Hartford, Glastonbury, or Enfield office today for your initial free consultation.