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Connecticut Car Accidents Lawyers

A Connecticut Law Firm to Pursue Just Compensation

Our Connecticut car accident attorneys conduct comprehensive reviews of the information, including consultations with professionals across many fields of expertise. We have built a strong relationship in the community, and our connections can help your case. We interview all witnesses, thoroughly examine police and medical reports, retrieve video from roadway cameras when available and review all evidence pertinent to the case. We construct a complete picture of what happened to ensure the best chance of success – be in in a mediation process or in front of a judge. Rest assured we aggressively pursue the results for our clients to protect their future.

Do medical bills have you worried or confused? Are you concerned because an uninsured driver caused your accident? Goff Law Group, LLC can help, taking care of the details so you can focus on recovery and be getting back to a normal life. We will help you find the means to keep going until your case is over, including preparing claims for your own insurance company to enable you to cover the bills while your case goes forward.

Know What to Do After an Automobile Collision!

While accidents are a relatively rare event for most people, you should have some idea of what to do in case it should happen to you. Stay as calm as possible, check for injuries of all involved, and call 911. You want the police to come so that there will be an official report of the accident. Let the medical responders on the scene examine you for possible injuries, even if you seem okay. Do not discuss fault or admit responsibility on the scene, even if you feel you were at fault. Get information from the other drivers, including names, numbers, and insurance information. Take pictures of everything, including injuries, the vehicles involved, and any roadway features (like construction), that you think may have been contributing factors to the accident.

Important Steps to Follow After a Car Crash

  • Stay as calm as possible.
  • Check for injuries of all people involved in the collision.
  • Call 911.
  • Do NOT discuss fault or admit any responsibility (even if you feel at fault). With Anyone.
  • Allow medical examiners to search for possible injuries.
  • Get information from the other driver. This includes names, insurance information, and numbers.
  • Take pictures of everything. This includes damages, injuries, the vehicles involved and any roadway features that you think may have been involved in the accident.

When the accident report is complete and you have gotten necessary medical treatment, reach out to Goff Law Group, LLC. When the insurance company claims adjuster contacts you, Our Connecticut car accident lawyers will be there to help you determine what your next steps should be. We represent our clients like they are our family – and your success is ours. Call us today to schedule a consultation at one of our five Connecticut offices: Stamford, Shelton, New Haven, West Hartford, and Danbury, but, wherever you are in the state, we can be there to help.

Car Accident Fatalities in the United States

In 2016, there was a total of 7,277,000 police-reported car accidents in the United States. Out of the 7,277,000, there were 37,461 fatalities and 3,144,000 people injured. From all these crashes, about 1% (34,439) were fatal crashes upon collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released this data from a newly designed Crash Report Sampling System which used data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System — a nationwide census of fatal motor vehicle crashes. While the alcohol-impaired driving fatal crashes increased slightly over 2014 to 2016, the data shows that the motor vehicle traffic fatality rate has been on an upward trend, overall.

At Goff Law Group, we believe just one traffic accident death is too many. All crashes are preventable. The number of annual wrecks would significantly decrease if drivers obeyed the law and paid attention to the road. Unfortunately, reckless habits such as speeding, texting and driving, and drunk driving continue to take lives and seriously injure survivors.

Local Facts and Statistics About Car Accidents in Stamford, Connecticut

Stamford, Connecticut is the third-most populated city in the state, with 128,278 people as of the last census. It is the seventh-largest city in all of New England. Located about 30 miles away from Manhattan, Stamford is part of the Greater New York metropolitan area. Stamford is home to the Metro-North Railroad – the commuter rail for northern New York City. The local station is the third busiest on the Metro-North System. Both I-95 and the Merritt Parkway run through Stamford, as well as four other state highways in the area. The latest car accident statistics for Stamford are as follows:

  • In 2014, 10 fatal car accidents killed 11 people in Stamford, CT. This was an increase from six deaths in 2013.
  • One fatal Stamford wreck involved a driver under the influence of alcohol.
  • The highest concentration of deadly Stamford accidents was on North and South State Street.
  • In 2014, Stamford saw 3,158 motor vehicle accidents total, with 698 causing injuries.

Stamford Is Among The Top 5 Cities in Connecticut with the Greatest Concentration of Crashes

After collecting the information of 169 towns in Connecticut the data showed that the most congested cities with crashes in Connecticut are: Stamford, Greenwich, New Haven, Hartford, and Bridgeport. These towns are known for being some of the states most heavily populated cities but some major highways run through them as well. The difference between injuries and injury crashes is that an injury is a bodily harm to a person that is not fatal and injury crashes is when a Stamford motor vehicle traffic crash results in more than one injury more than 30 days after the date of the crash. The reason for this is sometimes the damages following a car accident don’t appear until later.

What Might Car Accident Compensation Look Like?

A major car accident can result in serious personal injuries, expensive medical bills, and years of personal pain and suffering. At Goff Law Group, we believe victims deserve to recover these losses if a negligent party caused them. We work hard to get you the compensation you need in Connecticut, whether it takes aggressive insurance settlement negotiations or a court trial to do so. We are in a “fault insurance state,” meaning accident victims have the right to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

Types of Legal Compensation You May Be Entitled To

  • Medical expenses. Any and all doctor’s bills, surgical procedures, treatments, medications, medical devices, therapies, or live-in care relating to your car accident injuries. This includes past expenses as well as future costs of a long-term injury or disability.
  • Pain and suffering. Recover for past and future physical pain and emotional suffering, as well as mental anguish or psychological damages from a car accident. It is up to a jury to listen to the facts of a case and decide the value of these non-economic damages.
  • Lost wages. Seek reimbursement for wages you lost from missed time at work during recovery from your injuries. This includes lost income from missed promotions, as well as loss of future earnings in the event of a disability.

You could also receive payment to make up for your property damages, lost enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium. If you lose a loved one in a Connecticut car accident, a wrongful death claim could result in similar compensation awards as well as additional damages for funeral and burial expenses. The more catastrophic your injuries, the more your claim could be worth. “Catastrophic” injuries are those that permanently injure, maim, disfigure, or scar the victim. Connecticut currently does not have any caps on how much a plaintiff can earn in any type of injury case. To find out exactly what your car accident claim might be worth, contact our lawyers.

Distracted Driving in Connecticut is Slowly Becoming A Common Cause of Vehicle Collisions

Distracted driving is something that has been brought to public attention recently. The most common types of distracted driving happen within the car. Actions like eating, drinking, smoking, or even reaching across the back seat for an item that fell underneath. The graph below shows data from 2015 of the number of drivers who were distracted at the time of vehicle accident based on gender in all of Connecticut. It’s important to note that data for car accidents involving distracted driving hasn’t been collected by law enforcement, prior to 2015.

How To Prove That Someone was Distracted Driving at the time of the Accident

Distracted driving is a problem that plagues Connecticut’s streets. Driver distraction and inattention from cell phone use, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, cognitive distractions, or personal grooming can cause serious and fatal accidents. In any type of traffic collision in Connecticut, the odds are somewhat high that something was distracting the at-fault driver at the time of the collision.

Proving distracted driving can be difficult, especially if the at-fault driver denies liability. Help from an attorney can make a significant difference in how easy it is to convince an insurance company, judge, or jury of the distracted driver’s negligence. The legal team at Goff Law Group has years of experience handling distracted driving claims. We know how to take swift action to preserve evidence such as a driver’s phone records, to better investigate the crash. Call us as soon as possible to make sure no one destroys important evidence.

Help prove distraction and fault for a crash by following these simple steps

  • Take photographs of the scene of the crash. Photos of possible sources of distraction, such as fast food wrappers in the front seat, could serve as evidence later.
  • Record information about the accident. The more information about the accident the victim can write down, the better.
  • Get an official police report. Always call 911 to report a distracted driving crash in Connecticut if it caused injuries, death, or any property damage.
  • Access the driver’s phone records. If cell phone use distracted the other driver, his or her phone records could show activity before the collision.
  • Talk to an attorney. A car accident attorney can help you collect information about your accident, gather any available evidence, and put together your case.

Legal Representation That Doesn’t Go Unoticed

At Goff Law Group, LLC, our Connecticut car accident attorneys represent individuals injured in automobile accidents and surviving family members of those who died in such accidents. Injuries of this kind alter a life in a number of ways, affecting you both physically and emotionally. Bills add up and dealing with insurance companies compounds the problems you face. Don’t try to go it alone with so much on the line. You need an experienced Connecticut car accident lawyer who understands the legal ramifications of these kinds of accidents and has experience dealing with insurance companies.

The insurance company may offer you a settlement after an accident on Connecticut’s highways, but keep in mind that they aren’t looking to make your life easier; they want to pay out as little as possible. Having an experienced lawyer on your side usually means higher payout and a more fair process. Goff Law Group, LLC will fight for you, making sure you get a just settlement without a headache negotiating with an insurance company. We know how to secure the maximum compensation for our clients and have an established record of winning, with a 99% success rate.