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Proving Negligence

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Attorney in Stamford, Bridgeport & Danbury Proving Negligence in Accidents

Helping you get compensation for medical expenses and other accident-related costs

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone’s negligence in an automobile accident or motorcycle accident, you are entitled to full and fair compensation for your injuries and any other losses you may have suffered. At The Reinken Law Firm, we understand the emotional and financial effects an accident can have on your life. We can help by focusing on recovering the monetary compensation you deserve, so you can move on with your life.

How is the negligence of the other driver proven?

Negligence is a complicated legal concept. In Connecticut, if a person acts negligently and as a result, causes injury to another person or another person’s property, the negligent person is liable. In other words, intent is not a factor. If harm was caused because the person acted negligently, the person is still liable.

Negligence requires proving a number of elements. The person must have owed you a duty to exercise reasonable care, which was then breached as a result of the person’s actions. Those actions must have caused the accident that resulted in your injuries, and the accident itself must have been foreseeable; that is, the accident must have been a likely result of the negligent actions. Finally, you must show that you’ve suffered harm.

What can I do to prove negligence after an accident occurs?

In the aftermath of an accident, the safety of everyone involved is the most important thing. An ambulance should be called if anyone is injured. The police should also be called and a report made. Be sure to provide the police with detailed information about the accident.

You can also help in the collection of the following kinds of evidence:

  • Scene of the accident. Talk to any witnesses and get their names and contact information. If you have a camera on you, take pictures of the scene. Even pictures taken with the phone on your camera could be helpful.
  • Police report. As soon as possible after the accident, obtain a copy of the police report. The police report is an important document for any personal injury claims you may wish to pursue.
  • Forensic information. You aren’t equipped to do the kind of investigation that CSI teams do, but keeping a record of things like text messages and phone calls you made after the accident can be important to your case.
  • Visits with medical professionals. Be sure to keep your own records of your visits to your doctor and any other medical professional dealing with the injuries you sustained, including times and dates, the reason for the visit, and the doctor’s advice as you understood it.

It’s important to preserve what’s known as the “chain of evidence.” Documentation as to who obtained the evidence, where the evidence was obtained and when the evidence was obtained can be used in court if necessary.

At The Reinken Law Firm, we have years of experience handling claims related to automobile accidents and motorcycle accidents. We can assist you by investigating the circumstances of your accident, identifying the negligent party or parties, and determining the extent of your injuries for which you are entitled to compensation.

Contact a Stamford, Bridgeport & Danbury attorney for a free consultation

If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident as a result of another person’s negligence, The Reinken Law Firm can help you with your case. With convenient locations in Stamford,Bridgeport and Danbury, we offer free consultations. To book your consultation, call 203-541-0090 or use our online contact form.