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Motor Vehicle Accidents
Car accidents occur with alarming regularity throughout Connecticut, and while some accidents only cause minor property damage, many lead to significant injuries. Car accidents can be caused by many factors, but most arise at least partially from careless driving. Drivers who recklessly cause collisions should be held liable for any damages suffered as a result. At Jainchill & Beckert, LLC, our knowledgeable Plainville and Bristol car accident lawyers are adept at helping injured parties pursue compensation, and if you were hurt in a crash caused by another driver, we can assist you in seeking any damages you may be owed. Collectively, our attorneys have over sixty years of experience handling cases in the Connecticut courts, and we regularly represent injured parties in lawsuits in Plainville and Bristol, as well as in Southington, New Britain, and Farmington.Proving Liability in a Car Accident Case
Car accidents can result from numerous factors, including bad weather conditions, defective vehicle parts, and poorly designed roadways, but the most common cause of car accidents is driver negligence. For example, many car accidents are caused by inattentive driving, inexperienced drivers, and people who drive too fast for conditions. As such, in most lawsuits arising out of car accidents, the plaintiff will seek damages from the defendant by setting forth a negligence claim. Under Connecticut law, a plaintiff who alleges negligence must show that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to act with a level of care that was reasonable under the circumstances, but that the defendant’s acts or omissions constituted a breach of this duty, leading to the accident. The plaintiff must also prove that he or she suffered damages in the accident. A skilled car accident attorney serving Bristol and Plainville can help you assemble any relevant evidence in support of your claim for damages.
In many instances, a defendant in a car accident case will argue that he or she should not be liable for the plaintiff’s harm because the plaintiff caused the accident. Under the laws of Connecticut, however, even if a plaintiff is partially responsible for causing his or her own harm, the plaintiff may still recover damages, as long as the fault attributed to the plaintiff does not exceed fifty percent. Any damages awarded to the plaintiff will be reduced proportionately to the percentage of fault attributed to the plaintiff.Proving Damages Caused by a Car Accident
In cases in which the plaintiff successfully demonstrates the defendant’s liability, the plaintiff must establish the damages caused by the accident as well, and a dedicated Plainville and Bristol car accident lawyer can help you make this showing. Typically, damages consist of economic and noneconomic harm. Economic harm includes the cost of any medical treatment that was reasonable and necessary to treat the injuries sustained in the accident, as well as the cost of any medical treatment that may be needed in the future. Economic harm may also include a loss of earning capacity, or loss of future wages, if the plaintiff is unable to work following the accident. Miscellaneous out of pocket expenses may be considered economic harm as well. Noneconomic harm generally consists of intangible harm caused by the accident, such as the emotional distress, mental anguish, pain, or suffering that a plaintiff endured due to the accident. In some instances, a plaintiff may need to retain one or more experts to establish his or her harm, such as an economics expert to demonstrate a loss of income suffered due to the accident, or a medical expert to testify regarding the severity of the plaintiff’s injuries and the plaintiff’s need for treatment going forward.Car Accident Lawyers for Plainville and Bristol Area Residents
Car accidents can cause a multitude of injuries, many of which lead to significant impairment and financial losses. If you were hurt in a car accident caused by another person’s negligence, it is advisable to meet with legal counsel to discuss your case. The experienced attorneys of Jainchill & Beckert, LLC take pride in helping injured parties seek justice for their harm, and we will work tirelessly to help you pursue any compensation you may be able to recover. Our office is located in Plainville, and we regularly represent people in personal injury lawsuits in Plainville and Bristol, and in other cities throughout Connecticut, including Hartford, Southington, Farmington, and New Britain. We can be reached at (860) 351-5254 or through our online form to set up a confidential and free conference.