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Hartford County car crash injury attorneyWhen you are involved in a car accident while you are driving, you probably realize that the party who caused the accident will most likely be responsible for paying for any damages to your vehicle and the costs associated with your injuries. With this in mind, it is crucial to determine exactly how the accident happened so that the liable party can be identified and held accountable.

Things can become more complicated, however, when you are injured as a passenger in someone’s vehicle. From a legal standpoint, the at-fault party is still financially responsible for your injuries, but what happens if the at-fault party is the person with whom you were riding? Seeking compensation from a friend or a loved one can be very difficult, especially if you hope to maintain a relationship with that person in the future.

Insurance Considerations

Connecticut is considered a “fault” state in regard to car accident claims. This means that injured victims can seek compensation directly from the insurance company of the driver who causes a crash. In most cases, medical damages are only paid out after fault for the accident has been determined. Presuming that your friend or loved one was the only at-fault party, you will have almost no choice but to pursue compensation from his or her insurance carrier.

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Hartford auto accident attorney gather evidenceMost Americans rely on motor vehicles to go about their daily lives. According to the Pew Research Center, around 88 percent of American households have at least one car. While cars are one of the best inventions in modern history, they also bring with them certain dangers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that there were more than 7.2 million police-reported traffic accidents in 2016 alone.

After a car accident, you will typically want to file a claim with the insurance company of the driver who was at fault, and it may be necessary to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. Sometimes, liability is not always immediately obvious, and it is important to gather evidence that will demonstrate who was at fault for the accident. A skilled personal injury can help obtain the necessary evidence, including:

Photographs

Photos are often the most compelling pieces of evidence in a car accident liability case. Photographs are regarded as hard evidence and can showcase many aspects of an accident scene. After an accident, you should try to get photos of:

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dram shop law, liability, Connecticut personal injury attorneyAccording to estimates from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 10,000 people are killed every year in drunk driving accidents, with nearly 300,000 more being injured. Of course, in any such crash, the individual who chose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated bears the bulk of the responsibility for the deaths and injuries caused. However, the law in Connecticut provides that there may be other liable parties, including the owner of a bar or other establishment that may have overserved the drunk driver prior to he or she getting on the road.

Social Host Liability

Throughout the state of Connecticut, it is against the law for any establishment to sell or otherwise provide alcohol to an intoxicated person. In most cases, an offending bar owner is subject to a $1000 fine per occurrence. If, however, a bar serves an intoxicated person and that person subsequently injures another or causes other damages, the seller may be held liable for the injuries or damages, up to $250,000. The law, known as the Dram Shop Act, requires an injured party to show that the bar or its employees acted recklessly and/or intentionally continued to serve the intoxicated person, as action on the basis of negligence alone is not permitted if the intoxicated person is of legal drinking age.

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