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Common Causes of Serious Car Accidents & FAQS You Need To Know

common causes of serious car accidents faqs you need to know

If you have been involved in a serious car accident, you may be wondering what to do next. Serious car accidents happen every day. Between the years of 2017 and 2020, 373,996 car accidents took place in Connecticut. Of those car accidents, 920 resulted in a fatality. One of the best things you can do after a serious car accident is to hire an experienced Connecticut car accident lawyer. 

Car accidents can have devastating consequences. Hiring an experienced legal representative can make an enormous difference in the amount of compensation you receive for your injuries. Contact The Law Office of Michael E. Skiber today to schedule your free initial consultation. We are available 24/7 and we have a proven track record of winning. 


Common Causes of Serious Car Accidents

Car accidents happen every day on our roadways and are caused by a wide range of factors. Drivers today are more distracted than ever. Drivers have cell phones, tablets, computers, and smart cars that are a constant distraction for even the best of drivers. In addition to distracted driving, the most common causes of accidents include the following:

  • Failure to stop in time to prevent a rear-end collision
  • A chain reaction of accidents that lead to a multi-vehicle accident
  • Servers and bartenders serve too much alcohol to an intoxicated person who then drives
  • Accidents caused by failure to yield to oncoming traffic
  • Head-on collisions, many of which cause fatalities
  • Hit and run car accidents
  • Accidents caused by manufacturer defects
  • Uninsured motorist accidents
  • Tractor-trailer accidents
  • Road construction accidents
  • Car accidents involving uninsured or underinsured drivers
  • Bus accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • DUI-related car accidents 


Why You Need to Hire a Lawyer with a Proven Track Record

There are many lawyers to represent clients in car accident lawsuits in Connecticut. Unfortunately, many lawyers who advertise themselves as personal injury lawyers do not have adequate experience in personal injury law. At the Law Office of Michael E. Skiber, we focus our entire legal practice on representing clients who have suffered in personal injury accidents. Founding attorney Michael E. Skiber is an aggressive, hardworking, and honest personal injury lawyer. At our law firm, we are constantly advocating for clients who have suffered personal injuries. 

You do not want to hire a lawyer who has never taken a personal injury case to trial, or who normally practices in another area of law. Instead, you want a lawyer who lives and breathes personal injury and car accident cases on a daily basis. If you have suffered a serious personal injury in a car accident, you need a legal team like ours that is 100% invested in their clients recovering compensation for their car accident case. 


We Will Thoroughly Investigate Your Car Accident

At the Law Office of Michael E. Skiber, our legal team has the resources and experience to provide you with excellent legal representation. We work with a skilled team of investigators and professionals on behalf of our clients. We thoroughly investigate the circumstances and facts surrounding our clients’ car accidents. When necessary, we work with experienced accident reconstruction specialists to determine the exact cause of the car accident. 


Proving Your Connecticut Car Accident Case

When considering filing a lawsuit for compensation after a Connecticut car accident, you will need to prove several elements by a preponderance of the evidence. In other words, you will need to prove that it is more likely than not that the defendant’s negligence caused your injuries. More specifically, as the plaintiff, or injured party who brings the legal action, you will need to prove the following:

  • The defendant acted negligently, or the defendant’s inaction was negligent
  • The defendant’s negligence caused the car accident, either wholly or in part
  • The defendant’s negligence caused your personal injuries. In other words, the injuries you sustained were a direct result of the car accident caused by the defendant


Modified Comparative Negligence

If you have suffered injuries in a car accident caused by negligence, you may have a right to file a personal injury lawsuit. In most personal injury lawsuits, the defendant will argue that you, the injured victim, did something to cause or contribute to the car accident. Importantly, the state of Connecticut follows the doctrine of modified comparative negligence. Under this legal doctrine, if a court finds that you are 51% or more at fault for a car accident, you will not be allowed to recover any damages. 

When the court finds you 50% or less at fault for the car accident, you will still be able to recover compensation. The court will simply reduce your award by your percentage of fault. For example, if the court finds that you were 10% at fault for the car accident and awards you $100,000, you will recover $90,000 in compensation. 

Defendants will often argue that even though the driver caused the accident, he or she did not act negligently. Perhaps they will argue that an emergency took place, or other unavoidable circumstance. Hiring an experienced attorney is extremely important. At our law firm, our experienced lawyers know how to defend against the arguments commonly brought by defendants. 


Damages Available in Connecticut Car Accident Lawsuits

Successful personal injury plaintiffs are entitled to compensation for the damages caused by the car accident. These damages include the cost of past and future medical treatment, the cost of hospital stays, treatment, and rehabilitation, lost past and future income, compensation for emotional pain and suffering. The more severe and permanent your injuries, the more compensation a jury is likely to award to you. When the defendant acts egregiously, courts may impose punitive damages


Contact Us Today

At the Law Office of Michael E. Skiber, we will advocate fiercely on your behalf. We will present all of the available evidence that shows that the defendant was at fault for your accident and responsible for the financial losses you have suffered. We have law offices in Norwalk, Stamford, and Bridgeport. Contact us for immediate assistance and a free consultation.