Glastonbury Car Accident Attorney
Representing Car Accident Victims in Glastonbury
We Handle a Wide Range of Auto Accident Claims
- Bus and taxi cab accidents;
- Construction zone accidents;
- Drunk driving accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents;
- Truck accidents; and
- Distracted driving accidents.
Automobile Accident Statistics
On average, 38,000 people are killed in car accidents in the United States. An additional 4.4 million suffer non-fatal injuries, often resulting in long-term disabilities. Even if you always try to drive safely, accidents happen to the best of us. An auto accident can happen suddenly and it can have a profound impact on you for the rest of your life. You can be stuck with extensive medical care and bills, permanent injuries, and lost time from work. That is why finding the right attorney is critical.
Tehrani Law Group, LLC handles scenarios like these on behalf of our clients all the time. We understand the expense, frustration, and anger that our clients experience when dealing with insurance companies who try to question their injuries and minimize their pain and suffering. After all, it is the goal of the insurance companies to avoid paying. It is important to seek legal advice if you or a loved one are injured in an accident. The information below will help you to understand what is at stake.
Common Injuries Sustained in Connecticut Car Accidents
- Whiplash: The most common injury is whiplash. Whiplash from a car accident is the sudden, violent movement of the head and neck, causing muscle and soft tissue injuries. Many signs of whiplash appear slowly and take several weeks or even months to go away. Immediate signs of whiplash can include neck pain, dizziness, and limited range of motion. Long-term effects often include bad headaches, memory and concentration problems, sleeping issues, and tingling or numbness in the arms and legs. To avoid these problems, be sure you get medical treatment as soon as possible after a car accident. Then a doctor can monitor your body for signs of whiplash and help you heal.
- Head and Brain Injuries: Head and brain injuries are also common in car accidents because of all of the objects near your head that can hit you during a collision. Head injuries have serious immediate and long-term effects. These injuries might appear as open wounds or facial deformation if your head hits something other than the airbag. Head injuries are one reason why it’s important to always wear a seatbelt. Internal brain injuries can happen when a quick stop jars your brain and it hits the inside of your skull. Brain bruising and hemorrhaging can lead to long-term problems like reduced brain function, a reduced ability to understand complex ideas, and memory problems. After a car accident, a doctor can look for signs of brain injuries to possibly prevent more long-term issues. The sooner you see a doctor, the better.
- Broken Bones: Sudden trauma to the body often results in broken bones, especially among the young and the elderly. Seatbelts are the most reliable way to reduce the chances of broken bones, but broken bones can still happen if the impact of the car accident is strong enough. Legs and hips are at risk of breaks and cracks if the front of the car folds up, and arms are at risk if the driver or passengers try to brace for impact or protect their faces. Also, an airbag or the restraining force of the seatbelt can crack ribs.
- Herniated Discs: Herniated discs happen when one or more of the soft parts of your spine moves out of place or breaks from a sudden shift. Once out of place, the discs can poke the nerves in the spine, causing much pain. These injuries don’t often go away on their own. Herniated discs can become life-long damage if you don’t take care of the problem right away.
- Cuts and Scrapes: Loose objects in the car during an accident can become high-speed projectiles. Flying objects from a car accident can result in cuts or scrapes. Although generally not serious, some cuts can be deep and require first aid to stop blood loss. Cleaning the cut can prevent infection and getting stitches can help the cut heal faster. Clean the cut and seek medical help as soon as possible to get stitches if you need them to stop more serious problems from happening.
- Internal Bleeding: Internal bleeding is dangerous but it’s often hard to know that you are bleeding internally if you don’t have a penetrating injury. Blunt force from steering wheels, seatbelts, and even windshields can all cause internal bleeding with no clear signs right away. Signs of internal bleeding include purple bruising, abdominal swelling, dizziness, and fainting. Because of the seriousness of this type of injury, it’s important to get medical help right away for anything more than the smallest scrapes and cuts.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Not all car accident injuries are physical. Mental and emotional injuries are also possible. The violence and severity of a car accident can cause upsetting thoughts that can last for months or years. For someone with PTSD, doing normal activities can be difficult because the individual may try to avoid reminders of their trauma in any way they can. Flashbacks can be triggered by the sound of car horns, screeching tires, or sirens. People suffering from PTSD may avoid driving as much as possible. Many therapies exist to help people with PTSD from a car accident. Therapy options include group therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and even animal assistance therapy.
- Wrongful Death: While death isn’t an injury, it’s still important to know what to do if someone dies in a car accident. If a loved one has been killed in a car accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim and get financial compensation. While money can’t replace a life, the wrongful death claim can give family and friends some peace of mind when dealing with the funeral. It’s important to know that filing a wrongful death claim is different in each state. For example, depending on your state, there are different time limitations for filing a claim. Be sure you understand your state’s laws before starting the process of filing. The Tehrani Law Group has extensive experience with wrongful death claims on behalf of its clients.
What Should I Do After an Automobile Accident?
- First, if your car is disabled or if you or someone in your car needs medical attention, call 911 immediately. Make sure you describe how the accident occurred in detail to the 911 operator. The recording of your 911 call can be helpful and it can be used as evidence in the event you are involved in the dreaded “he said, she said” type of accident negotiation. It can also be vital in securing an admission of liability from the insurance company.
- Seek immediate medical care for anyone injured, either from an emergency room or an urgent care. We want you to get in as soon as you possibly can after your car accident to get the attention that you need for your injuries. We know that if you delay seeking medical care, then the insurance company who represents the liable party will use the delay to claim that you lied about how badly you were hurt, which would allow them to suggest that you lied about how you got your injuries. Either way, seeking medical care is very important to a successful case. You don’t want to give the insurance company any reason to doubt what you are trying to tell. Even injuries that seem minor at the time can turn severe without proper treatment and immediate response. It is good for your health and the success of your case to immediately seek medical care.
- Take pictures of the cars involved in the accident. If you are unable to do this for yourself before you seek medical treatment, you may call on a loved one to come to the scene to collect evidence on your behalf. Make sure you take close up and zoomed out pictures of your car and the other car(s) involved in the accident. Many times people only take close up pictures of their car damage. Close up photos can be helpful, but they need to be put into context. Make sure you also take photos of any nearby landmarks and street signs for reference purposes. If you see tire marks on the road or debris spread out on the scene, make sure you collect photos and videos of that. All of this helps us understand fully what happened and demonstrate to the insurance company or possibly a jury (if we have to go to trial) how the other driver caused you harm during this accident. You also want to try to get contact information from any possible witnesses of the car accident.
- Following a crash, it is best to reach out to an experienced Glastonbury car accident attorney who can answer your most pressing questions and help you understand the options available to you. If you retain legal representation, your attorney will examine each aspect of your auto accident lawsuit in order to build a strong case, while helping you navigate the challenging adjustment to the harm and losses you have suffered.
How Much Will I Receive From My Settlement?
Following a serious personal injury you might be wondering how much you can receive for your losses. While every case is different, the best outcome in every case would be to recover full compensation. Unfortunately, getting full and fair compensation can be difficult when working with an insurance company. This is why it is crucial to work with our car accident attorney in Connecticut as soon as you are able to.
We are able to negotiate and work with the insurance company on your behalf. While we cannot guarantee a certain amount of compensation for your losses, we can guarantee that we will dedicate our resources and time to fighting for your rights.
Car Accident FAQs
In Connecticut, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit following a car or auto accident is 2 years from the date of the collision.
Contact Our Glastonbury Car Accident Attorney Today
We understand how difficult the aftermath of car accidents can be. By calling our firm, you can take the first step toward recovering the compensation you deserve. We are ready to protect you and your loved ones’ rights. Contact us today. From our Glastonbury office, we proudly serve the people of Newington, Avon, South Windsor, Rocky Hill, New Britain, Bloomfield, Windsor, Kensington, Berlin, Bolton, and other areas throughout Hartford county.