After a car accident in Milford, you may not know what to do. It may be your first crash, or your first serious collision with injuries. Remain calm and do not admit fault. Check yourself and others for injuries. If you notice injuries, deaths, or property damage, you legally have to report the accident to the Milford Police Department. Call 911 and wait on the scene until they arrive. Once you’ve received medical attention for injuries, call the Milford personal injury attorneys at Harlow, Friedman & Adams, P.C., for a consultation. We can tell you what steps to take next to protect your rights.
Facts About Milford Car Accidents
In 2014, the most recent year data is available, there were four fatal car crashes in Milford. One of these fatal accidents involved a drunk driver. Two of these accidents occurred in Devon, near the Housatonic River. The same year, there were 125 car accidents involving teen drivers (ages 16 to 19), eight crashes involving pedestrians, 10 involving bicyclists, and 20 with driving under the influence a contributing factor in Milford. The most common causes of vehicle accidents in the area include:
- Driver error
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence
- Broken roadway rules
- Roadway defects
- Poor weather conditions
Speeding, running red lights, and failing to yield the right of way all contribute to Milford’s annual car accident toll. If all drivers obeyed the rules of the road and operated their vehicles with diligence, the city would see a drastically reduced rate of collisions. As it is, negligent and reckless drivers are often at fault for crash-related injuries and deaths. If this is the case, victims or their families may pursue compensation in the Milford civil courts. Victims from car accidents involving roadway defects may even receive compensation by contacting a Milford premise liability attorney.
Do You Need an Accident Attorney?
Do not agree to a fast insurance settlement with a claims adjuster over the phone. Most claims adjusters know less about your crash than you do and are simply tasked with trying to convince you to settle for as little as possible. Insurance companies look out for their own best interests, not yours. They are more interested in profits than people. Our attorneys, on the other hand, work for you. It is our job to protect your interests and help you obtain maximum compensation for your personal injuries, property damage, medical bills, and other harms after a collision.
When in doubt, schedule a consultation. One of our caring attorneys will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your recent car accident. Our consultations are always confidential and can help you learn the elements in your specific case. You may be eligible for more compensation than you think if someone else’s negligence, such as a drunk driver, caused your crash. An investigation can help collect crucial evidence and potentially prove your case against another driver, the City of Milford (in the event of road defects), a product manufacturer, and/or another party.
Contacting an attorney is one of the best things you can do after a car accident that results in injuries, wrongful death, or expensive property damage. An experienced lawyer can help you file your insurance claim, argue for a just settlement, and even take your claim to court if necessary to fight for the compensation your injuries demand. For more information about your individual claim in Milford, call our team at (203) 878-0661.