In the last decade, the number of pedestrians and bicyclists injured and killed in auto wrecks has risen sharply - an increase of more than 10 percent. By 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the annual average for injuries in such accidents reached 70,000 for pedestrians and 45,000 for bicyclists. Each year, thousands are killed. Victims and their families often don't know where to turn for help.
Based in New Haven County, and serving throughout Connecticut, Cummings Law Firm has earned a reputation for successfully representing individuals who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents of all sorts. We have a thorough understanding of how to maximize the compensation our clients receive, ensuring that they are able to receive adequate medical care and financial relief for the injury they have suffered.
Following The Right Steps Is The Key To Legal Success
The legal process for obtaining compensation after an injury is far from straightforward. Insurance companies will make every effort to challenge a victim's claim, or offer paltry settlements that fail to cover the present and future costs of care, pain, suffering and disability.
To the extent possible, it is important for victims and their families to gather as much evidence as possible concerning their injuries. Specifically, victims should:
- Obtain a police statement at the scene of the accident (or, if this isn't feasible, in the hospital). A police account of a collision will serve as an important piece of evidence in any legal proceedings.
- Seek qualified medical care. Likewise, reports from doctors and other health care professionals regarding your injuries are crucial to substantiate any claims.
- Follow medical guidance. This may not be intuitive. If an individual starts to feel better, he or she may quit following doctor's orders. But when victims deviate from prescribed medical guidance, insurers will use this information to show that one's injuries aren't severe as one claims they are.
- Document the scene of the accident. Again, depending on the severity of one's injuries, this may be difficult. But any photographic evidence you obtain - using a smartphone or other device - can help build one's case.
- Work closely with an experienced attorney. A lawyer will know how to fight back against insurers, substantiate a victims' claims, work with medical professionals and pursue maximum compensation for injuries from all available resources.
A great many injury victims try to 'go it alone' when submitting personal injury claims, and end up failing to obtain adequate financial relief. Our firm is here to support you at every step, and ensure you get your rightful due.
Contact Our Firm If You Need Help
We offer free initial consultations. This enables us to review your case and inform you of the likely outcomes before you're obliged to retain us.