Each year millions of drivers across the nation are involved in a car accident leading to property damage, serious injuries, and even death. It is estimated that a licensed driver will be involved in a collisions once every 18 years, therefore, by age 80 an individual will have been involved in more than three accidents.
In Connecticut specifically there were more than 104,000 car collisions reports in 2008 which averages to about 11 car crashes every hour. Furthermore, since 2006 the number of car accidents reported throughout the state increased by approximately 45%.
In New Haven specifically there were more than 4,500 collisions reported; these crashes accounted for 4.37% of those in the state. To find out how we can help you with your New Haven auto accident injury claim, contact us at 1-800-PERKINS (800-737-5467) and put the “Power of Perkins” to work for you. Your initial case consultation is completely free.
When an individual is licensed to drive any type of motor vehicle it means that they will responsibly and lawfully operate a vehicle in a manner that will not endanger others. Unfortunately many drivers do not follow the laws set forth by the state of Connecticut and engage in reckless behavior behind the wheel.
Being involved in a collision can be a frightening experience and most victims are unsure about what they should do after the crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Speaking with an experienced auto accident attorney can help you determine what your legal rights are and determine if you have a case.
For a no-cost, no-obligation review of your accident claim, fill out the ‘FREE CASE REVIEW’ form to your right – it’s completely confidential.
Types of Car Accidents
Most everyone has passed by a car collision and questions how such an accident could happen. No two accidents are alike and the types of accidents that happen can be based on a number of factors.
Some common types of collisions include:
- Rear-End Accidents
- Multi-Vehicle Pile-Ups
- Truck Underride
- Single-Vehicle Crashes
- Head-on Collisions
- Side-Impact Crashes
In Connecticut the most common type of car accident was a rear-end collision which accounted for more than 31% of all collisions. Sideswipes and fixed object, also known as single-vehicle accidents, were the 2nd and 3rd most frequently occurring types of car accidents.
Causes of Car Accidents
There are many factors that will be taken into consideration when an accident occurs including pavement conditions, the type of weather, and even the hour. In Connecticut car wrecks most frequently occurred on Friday evenings between 5p.m and 6p.m.
Although these factors are important to consider when studying car collisions, it is usually driver error that leads to a crash.
Some common causes of New Haven car wrecks include:
- Failing to Yield
- Disobeying Traffic Signs & Signals
- Texting & Driving
- Fatigued Driving
- Driver Distractions
- Poorly Maintained Vehicle
- Adverse Weather Conditions
- Driving Under the Influence
When a driver fails to exercise reasonable care behind the wheel and only thinks of their needs rather than the dangerous situation they are putting themselves and others in, it leads to collisions. Reckless driving is a serious offense in Connecticut and can result in jail times, hefty fines, and more.
Car Accident Injuries
In New Haven the majority of collisions led to serious personal injuries and some were even fatal. The likelihood of an individual suffering from injuries can depend on the type of crash that occurred and if they were using safety equipment such as a seatbelt.
Some common types of car accident injuries include:
- Sprains & Strains
- Head Trauma
- Broken Bones
- Airbag Injuries
- Cuts & Lacerations
- Internal Organ Damage
- Facial Injuries
- …and more
If you or a loved one has been involved in a collision it is important that the victim seek medical assistance right away. Some injury symptoms, such as those associated with a concussion, may not arise until hours after the accident happened.
Contact our New Haven Car Accident Attorney Today
After being involved in a collision and speaking with your insurance company, your next step should be speaking with an experienced New Haven auto accident attorney. Having a trusted attorney on your side can help you determine if you may be eligible to make a claim for property damage, medical expenses incurred, pain and suffering, and more.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers we are dedicated to helping injury victims fight for their right to fair and just compensation. Our attorneys are experienced in handling automotive accident claims and can help guide you through the entire litigation process.
We have several offices located throughout Connecticut and proudly serve the following areas:
- West Haven
…and many more local towns and cities. To find out how we can help you with your New Haven auto accident claim, contact us at 1-800-PERKINS (800-737-5467) and put the “Power of Perkins” to work for you. Your initial case consultation is completely free.
If you would prefer to contact us online, fill out the ‘FREE CASE REVIEW’ form at the top right hand corner of this page – it’s FREE to submit and completely confidential.