If you have been injured in a rear-end collision in Connecticut, it may be helpful to know that such accidents are nearly always considered the fault of the car or truck behind. It is the duty of motorists to maintain sufficient distance behind vehicles in front of them so that they can stop if they need to. The fact that you had slowed down or stopped before you were rear-ended does not detract from the obligation of the car behind you to keep a safe following distance.
Contact the law firm of Williams, Walsh & O'Connor, LLC, in North Haven to schedule a free initial consultation if you have suffered an injury or loss such as the following in a rear-end collision:
- Whiplash (the most common injury in a rear-end collision)
- Head injury
- Back injury (such as bulging disks, herniated disks)
- Neck or spinal cord injury
- Death of your family member (driver or passenger)
Air Bag Malfunctions
Perhaps you were not injured by the crash itself, but rather by the air bag in your car. You may be entitled to compensation from the other motorist as well as from your car manufacturer if the air bag malfunctioned in any way.
Rear Drivers Are Considered To Be At Fault In Rear-End Collisions
Connecticut law is clear on fault in rear-end collisions, as is spelled out in Section 14-240 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended through 2005: "No driver of a motor vehicle shall follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having regard for the speed of such vehicles, the traffic upon and the condition of the highway and weather conditions."
Contact A Lawyer, No Matter Who Was At Fault
Regardless of your impression as to who was at fault in the rear-end accident, you are well-advised to consult with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected and that the case is resolved to your benefit to the greatest extent possible.
Attorneys at North Haven-based Williams, Walsh & O'Connor, LLC, are ready to evaluate your case and advise you as to the best course of action. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is never a legal fee unless you recover compensation for your injuries.
Experienced And Versatile Personal Injury Lawyers
Our lawyers have represented numerous clients in car, truck and motorcycle accident cases. Each attorney brings extensive knowledge and experience to the settlement negotiation tables — and to the courtroom when necessary. We are staunch advocates of highway safety — and advocates of people injured in traffic accidents.
Our truck accident attorneys have been recognized by our peers for their excellent work. James G. Williams earned the AV Preeminent rating, and Kevin P. Walsh and Michael F. O'Connor have earned the BV Distinguished rating by Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.* We are licensed to practice in Connecticut state and federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Our clients have received many multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts.
Contact Williams, Walsh & O'Connor, LLC, in North Haven, Connecticut, for a free consultation. Our legal team is ready to take fast action on your behalf. Evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.
*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.