What are the three most important things you should do shortly after you are in a car accident in Connecticut?

If you are in a car accident in Connecticut, here are the three things you should do shortly after the car accident.  

First, get good photos of your wrecked car to show the damage from the car crash.  

Second, get the medical care and the check-ups you need to help you heal from your personal injury from the car accident.  

Third, go through The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C. bullet-points for a Connecticut car accident. They are below. 


The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C. Bullet Points for a car accident in Connecticut.

Get good photos!

Get the medical care you need!

Review the items below from The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C. Bullet Points for your Connecticut car accident.

1.  What is the value of the case?  

The value of the car accident case can't be determined until after you have completed all of your medical care.  We need to see how you heal up, and if there are any permanent injuries.  So, don't worry about the case value now.  Just try to get better.

2.  Property damage is handled separately than the personal injury in Connecticut.

The property damage settlement will be handled separately from the personal injury part of the case.  That is just how it is done in Connecticut.  So, you should expect that part of the case to be resolved fairly quickly.  Here is a link to our Free book on property damage claims in Connecticut.  

3.  Leaving the scene is a no no.  Unless you need emergency medical care, of course.

Connecticut law requires parties to remain at the scene until the police arrive unless you need immediate medical care, of course.  If the other person is going to leave you can't stop them of course, but just know that the law requires the parties to wait for the police to arrive.  It should not take too long.

4.   Expect the other side's insurance company to contact you shortly after you car crash.  

They will try to convince you not to get a lawyer, and will generally try to get information from you for their benefit, not yours.  There is no need to speak with them immediately after your car crash.  You or your lawyer will speak with them eventually, but there is no need to speak with them now.  So, don't worry about that now.  Take you time to get your good photos of your car, and the medical care you need.  

You should download our free book about How to Deal with an Insurance Adjuster in Connecticut.  

5.  How much insurance does the other guy have?  

Don't worry about that now.  You will eventually get that information.  The law in Connecticut is that after a lawsuit is filed, and during the discovery process the insurance company must tell you how much insurance the defendant has.  Believe it or not, the amount of your UIM insurance you have is actually even more important than the amount of insurance the other guy has in a Connecticut car accident case.

6.  Do you have medical payments on your car insurance policy?  

Double check that.  Many people don't realize that they have it.  If you do have it, then it provides an important benefit to help you get medical care in Connecticut.  Also, if you do not have medical payments on your automobile insurance policy then you should notify your doctor's billing department of that fact so they know to bill your health insurance.  This will save you some time and confusion in the weeks to come.

7.  What resources should I look at? 

First, of all you can do a search on this website to view our hundreds of frequently asked questions pertaining to car accidents in Connecticut.  There is a search bar on the upper right side of the home page, and most other pages.

Second, you can download our free book about How to Put Your Best Foot Forward in Your Connecticut Car Accident.

8.  The lawsuit is brought against the individual not their insurance company.

Most people don't understand this.  When you make a claim for personal injuries you are making a claim against the defendant who harmed you, and not their insurance company.  Their insurance company is involved, and they will defend and pay the claim, but the actual defendant in the case is the individual who crashed into you and caused you harm.  

9.  The law in Connecticut provides that you are entitled to fair, and reasonable compensation for all of your harms and losses caused from the car accident.  All of them.  Don't let the insurance adjuster tell you otherwise. 

This means compensation for all your medical bills, lost pay from work, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, and the losses from not being able to do the things you like to do anymore.  For all of these things, it means compensation for past, present, and future losses as well. 

10. Where to get help.

For help, contact the car accident lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.  We are here to help. 

Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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Civil Trial Attorney, Practicing Law in Connecticut