Car Accidents

Car Accidents
– No matter how safe we attempt to be, there is always the chance that a reckless individual will drive irresponsibly and cause a collision that can seriously impact our lives. Approximately 294 people were killed in Connecticut crash in 2018 alone, and thousands of collisions resulting in injuries occur here every year.
Protecting the Rights of Car Accident Victims:
If you were injured in a car crash, it’s a good idea to consult with an attorney before accepting an insurance company’s settlement offer. Our lawyers know the tricks insurance companies use to unfairly limit or deny claims, and understand the extensive costs associated with crash-related injuries. Injury victims may be unable to work or face long-term medical expenses.


Types of Auto Accident Injuries:

Because of the high speeds and large amounts of force involved in car accidents, drivers and passengers often suffer injuries. The severity of injuries can range from minor to disabling and even life-threatening.

At the Bershtein Law Center, we know that your auto accident injuries can leave you unable to work and in need of expensive medical treatments. That’s why we’re here to help take care of your post-accident needs. We’ll help you find and schedule medical appointments, and make sure your bills get paid, so you can start feeling better without any hassle. To get in touch with our legal team, just dial (203) 624-5103 or fill out a free contact form.

When you call us, our attorneys are ready to help right away. We’re familiar with all types of auto accident injuries, including:

  • Cuts and Lacerations - Auto accidents often cause windshields and windows to break. Broken glass can cut drivers and passengers, causing severe bleeding.

  • Broken Bones - During auto accidents, vehicle interiors can cave in and pin the limbs of drivers and passengers. The force of the impact can cause bones to break.

  • Head and Neck Injuries - When fast-moving vehicles stop suddenly due to car accidents, the force can cause victims’ heads and necks to move outside the normal range of motion. The hyperextension and force can cause whiplash and brain injuries.

  • Facial Injuries - The force from car accidents can cause drivers and passengers to hit the seat, dashboard, or steering wheel in front of them. Even with airbags, the force of the impact can break victims’ noses and teeth.

  • Back Injuries - The lower back is vulnerable to damage in car accidents, as it may be unable to cope with the force of the impact. The same hyperextension motion that causes neck injuries can also cause lower back injuries.

    Types of Compensation:

    If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a Connecticut car accident caused by another’s negligence, we may be able to help you recover compensation for:

    • Additional medical expenses related to your treatment;

    • Ongoing and future care;

    • Wages for time you had to take off from work;

    • Diminished earning capacity and lost benefits if you cannot return to work;

    • Repair or replacement of your vehicle and other personal property;

    • Out-of-pocket expenses related to the incident;

    • Pain and suffering; and

    • Emotional damages.

    Common types of car crash cases we handle include:

    • Failure to yield collisions

    • Left-turn collisions

    • Rear-end collisions

    • Drunk driving crashes

    • Texting and driving accidents

    •  Distracted driving accidents 

    • Fatigued driving crashes 

    • T-bone collisions

    • Head-on collisions

    Understanding Car Accidents in CT – What You Need to Know

    1.    Connecticut auto accident law has what’s known as a statute of limitations for auto injury claims- In simple terms, what this part of auto accident law means is that you typically is most cases have two years to file a personal injury claim if you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident. If you wait longer than two years to make a claim, you won’t be able to file a personal injury case in court.


    Not all auto accident injuries manifest immediately; sometimes injuries that appear minor, like whiplash or bruising, can develop into chronic conditions. Likewise, sometimes people sustain connective tissue damage or brain injuries that are not evident right after the accident occurs. This is why it’s incredibly important to see a doctor as soon as possible if you’ve been in a car accident. Starting the diagnostic process early can help you define the scope of your injuries in time to file an accurate personal injury claim.


    Moreover, you should always contact an auto injury lawyer after being in a car accident. Having the assistance of a good lawyer and filing a claim quickly will give you a lot more leverage when you’re negotiating with insurance adjusters and in court.


    2. If you need to file a claim against a government entity, the statute of limitations may be different -If you’re involved in an accident with a government entity, such as a city bus or construction vehicle, you may not have a full two years to file a claim. In many cases, the deadline when dealing with government entities is shorter, and locating the deadline that applies to your case will require finding the correct government agency.


    As you can no doubt imagine, doing all of the aforementioned is complicated—too complicated for most people who have just been in accident. If you’ve been involved in accident with a government vehicle, you should therefore contact a Connecticut auto injury lawyer right away. We can help you find all of the information you need to secure a fair settlement.

    3. Connecticut employs a “modified comparative negligence” rule when determining fault in car accident cases - Connecticut is a modified comparative-fault state, which means a victim can only recover damages if he or she is less than 50 percent at fault for an accident. Compensation is reduced according to what percent a person is determined to be at fault; If fault exceeds 50 percent, no compensation can be claimed.


    Fault is determined by insurance adjusters, who base their decisions on law enforcement reports, statements from those involved in the collision, and other available evidence. Liability, in many cases, is highly subjective. That’s where you turn to the Bershtein Law Center, where we will protect you from being taken advantage of by insurance adjusters.