Hartford Car Accident Lawyer

Aeton Law’s personal injury attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience representing Connecticut residents injured by the negligence and recklessness of drivers. We have settled or have trial experience in virtually every type of motor vehicle accident in Connecticut, including rear-end collisions, improper turn accidents, hit and runs, motor vehicle v. pedestrian accidents, DUI accidents, motorcycle accidents, and motor vehicle v. bicycle accidents.

We also represent drivers who are injured by roadway defects while operating a motor vehicle in Connecticut, including poor road maintenance like potholes, faulty control signals, design defects, narrow lanes, and fallen debris. Our Hartford car accident lawyer may be perfect for you!

If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call our personal injury attorneys at 860-791-4831

Motor Vehicle Accidents in Connecticut

Connecticut is widely considered to have some of the most dangerous roads in the country. Auto accidents, including fatal motor vehicle collisions, occur too frequently on roads like Interstate 95 in New London County, the Merritt Parkway, Interstate 85 in Waterbury, and Interstate 91 through New Haven, Middletown, Rocky Hill, and Hartford.

Heavy congestion, significant tractor-trailer traffic, poor road conditions, and bad driving are all leading factors. In 2018, the last year reported by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, there were 291 deaths reported from motor vehicle accidents. Serious injuries caused by negligent drivers occur daily in Connecticut. Connecticut motor vehicle operators, pedestrians, and bicycle riders who are injured by negligent and reckless drivers frequently suffer concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, whiplash, and soft tissue injuries. In addition, car accidents cause missed time from work, out-of-pocket expenses, and the hassle of dealing with a damaged or “totaled” motor vehicle.

Auto Insurance Coverage for Serious Injuries

The injuries and damages should be covered by the at-fault driver’s auto insurance. In Connecticut, motor vehicles are required to be covered under what is known as “liability insurance.” Liability insurance coverers the at-fault driver’s and vehicle owner’s liability to you for the negligence of the driver. If the other driver or vehicle owner follows the law, then you likely won’t have to make a claim against your own insurance policy. Currently, Connecticut requires minimum liability insurance of $25,000.00 per person and $50,000.00 per accident.

In some cases, the negligent or reckless driver that is responsible for the auto accident has more coverage than the minimum. The driver or owner may also have other insurance policies that may provide coverage in addition to the auto policy, such as excess or umbrella coverage. If the at-fault driver was operating a work vehicle, then the driver’s employer may have business insurance that covers your damages from the accident, too.

Aeton Law’s auto accident attorneys will attempt to determine every possible insurance policy that may cover the injuries and damages you have been caused to suffer as a result of another driver’s negligence.

If you are the victim of a car accident, give our personal injury attorney’s a call at 860-791-4831 or text Injury to 474747. We are happy to answer any questions you have and walk through your options.

Recovering Compensation for Property Damages and Personal Injury

Simply put, the driver and the owner of the motor vehicle are responsible for the damages your passengers and you suffer in an auto accident. In legal terms, Connecticut is an “at-fault” state for determining which party bears the financial responsibility for remedying any losses. A car accident victim may recover damages from the party who is determined to be “at fault.”

Connecticut is also what is called a “comparative fault” state. This means that an “at-fault” party is only responsible for the percentage of the total amount of damages of the injured party that is equal to the percentage of fault attributed to the at-fault driver.

As an example, let’s say you were riding a bicycle down a road in West Hartford, Connecticut. Two people are operating separate cars in opposite directions. One car is speeding and the other crosses the double-yellow line. The motor vehicles collide and strike you while you’re on the sidewalk. You bring a lawsuit in Hartford, Connecticut.

In this scenario, your personal injury attorney may consider suing both drivers. A jury may find that one of the drivers is 75% at fault for your injuries and that the other driver is 25% at fault. If the jury awards $1,000,000 in damages for your injuries, then the driver who is 75% at fault would be liable for $75,000.00 and the 25% at-fault driver would be liable for $25,000.00.

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Lawsuits for Personal Injuries Received in a Motor Vehicle Accident

Nearly always, a lawsuit alleging damages from a car accident is brought under a doctrine called “negligence.” To prove negligence, the plaintiff (the person who brings the lawsuit) must prove four things: duty, breach, causation, and injuries. You can think of it as two categories called liability and damages. To prove which party involved in a car accident is liable, serious injury attorneys attempt to recreate the accident using various pieces of evidence. Some of the most useful items of evidence to prove liability are:

  • Video Recordings (Surveillance Footage, Dash Cam, Cell Phone Video).
  • Police Reports.
  • Witness Statements.

When you hire our personal injury attorneys, we immediately begin our own investigation. We send out our private investigators to interview witnesses, secure and preserve any available video evidence and other information and gather information on all potentially responsible parties. We also retain, at no upfront cost to you, some of the best experts in-country, including accident reconstructions. We have experts who will start collecting data from motor vehicle “black boxes” and other data recordings as soon as possible.

Our auto accident attorneys know what evidence to look for, where to find it, and how to get it.

If another person or business is liable for your injuries, then the next step is to determine what your “damages” are. Damages fall into two types: economic and non-economic. Economic damages include items out-of-pocket expenses, co-pays, missed work, and, mainly, medical bills. These damages are generally easy to calculate, and easy to prove.

Non-economic damages are much more difficult to calculate. Simply put, non-economic damages include your pain and suffering, and take into account your injuries, how it has affected your life, and how they may continue to affect your life in the future. There is no scientific way to determine your non-economic damages.

Contact Aeton Law Firm Today for All of Your Personal Injury Needs

For these damages, the more experienced your attorney the more likely you are to recover appropriate non-economic damages. This is because an experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney from Aeton Law will understand what cases similar to yours have settled for and how the insurance company will attempt to reduce the value of your claim. If your case goes to trial, then an experienced trial attorney will be able to effectively persuade the jury how significant your injuries are, and how they have impacted your life.

Your “damages” will be the total of your economic damages and your non-economic damages.

If you have questions about your auto accident, give us a call at 860-791-4831 or text Injury to 474747.

FREE CASE EVALUATION

N. Kane Bennett

Partner

Neyah Kane Bennett is the managing partner of Aeton Law Partners LLP. He is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. The AV Rating is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. In 2014-2020, he was awarded the Super Lawyer designation for business litigation.  He authored the business torts section of a book for ALM on the topic of civil discovery in Connecticut. He recently published “How to Bulletproof Your Business, Ten Tips from Ten Years of Business Disputes.” The book includes an easy to use checklist and features very practical advice on avoiding lawsuits for small to mid-sized business owners.  Attorney Bennett is also the publisher of the Connecticut Business Litigation Blog. The blog is in its ninth year and covers a variety of legal topics impacting business in Connecticut.

Attorney Bennett’s practice at Aeton includes representation of individuals and businesses in a range of trial and transactional matters, such as business, employment, commercial law, technology, and complex personal injury. In addition, he provides general counsel services to individuals and businesses related to litigation, contracts, technology, employment matters, and risk management issues throughout Connecticut. He also regularly handles cases in Massachusetts and other states.

Litigation and Trial Experience

Attorney Bennett tried his first jury trial case on the day he passed the bar exam more than 20 years ago. He has been in and out of courtrooms ever since on all types of cases throughout Connecticut and in multiple states. He started his career as a prosecutor in a jurisdiction with significant levels of serious crime. He received training in trial practice and investigative tactics from senior trial attorneys both locally and nationally. He has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases to verdict and questioned hundreds of witnesses under oath in court proceedings.

Attorney Bennett moved on from his job as a prosecutor to join one of Connecticut’s largest litigation and trial firms. There, he gained extensive training and experience in civil litigation working alongside and under the supervision of notable veteran attorneys. After several years of practice and reaching the status of Partner, Attorney Bennett moved on to form his own law firm, Aeton Law Partners.

Attorney Bennett has represented several companies and business owners in matters involving breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits, employment claims, shareholder rights and protection of trade secrets. He has handled litigation and trial matters involving financial investors, minority and majority shareholders, dissolution proceedings, and shareholder disputes. He has acquired significant case handling experience in the area of shareholder rights, including both the defense and prosecution of claims for shareholder oppression, breach of fiduciary duty, and dissolution. He has also represented nurses, physicians, and other health care practitioners in all types of disputes concerning ownership rights and business matters as well as cases with employers involving compensation, termination, and medical staff privileges.

Transactional Experience and General Counsel Services

Attorney Bennett’s transactional practice was developed after many successful results in business litigation and employment matters. Attorney Bennett’s business, employment and commercial litigation cases frequently resulted in settlements or business deals that required transactional work. His clients started to ask him to serve as outside general counsel on all transactional and litigation matters to include negotiating employment agreements, general terms of service, master services agreements, corporate governance, technology purchases, and risk management. Today, Attorney Bennett’s transactional practice includes general counsel services for small to mid-sized businesses, negotiation and drafting of all types of business and employment contracts, and purchase and sale agreements and other sale and acquisition documents.

Law Firm Management and Technology

Early in his career, Attorney Bennett started to adopt new legal technologies to increase his service level to clients. He has continued to stay on the leading edge in the use of legal technology.  Aeton Law Partners was one of the first firms to use only digital files and cloud based practice management. He also published a column for the Connecticut Law Tribune on various technology platforms to help attorneys deploy better methods of law firm practice and management.

Industry Knowledge and Publications

Attorney Bennett is the author of the recently published book “How to Bulletproof Your Business, Ten Tips from 10 Years of Business Disputes.”  The book includes an easy to use checklist and features very practical advice on avoiding lawsuits for small to midsize business owners.  Attorney Bennett is also the publisher of the Connecticut Business Litigation Blog. The blog is in its ninth year and covers a variety of legal topics impacting business in Connecticut. Attorney Bennett also has been featured on video or quoted in the news media on his own cases or for opinions on other legal matters.

Education

  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Cum laude
    • Honors: Law Review
  • University of Connecticut

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Published Works and Seminars

  • How to Bullet Proof Your Business – Ten Tips from Ten Years of Business Disputes (2019)
  • Co-Author of the Business Torts section of CT Civil Discovery Form, CT Law Tribune (2012)
  • Head in the Clouds: The Ethical and Practical Considerations for Attorneys in Cloud Computing (2013)
  • Dare to Go Digital: How a 21st Century Law Firm Can Increase Productivity and Profits by Smart Use of Technology, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting (2011)
  • Design and Management of the Lean Law Firm, CT Bar Association Small Firm Management Section (2011)
  • Alternative Fee Arrangements: Where Are We Now and How Are Firms Changing to Implement AFA’s, New England Legal Marketing Association (2011)
  • Firm Future, Practice Management and Legal Technology, The Warren Group (2010)
  • Find It Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web, National Business Institute (2010)
  • Flash Forward or Lost: How Technology is Changing the Practice of Law, and What’s Next? Connecticut Bar Foundation (2010)
  • Commercial Litigation Roundtable, Managing Litigation, Council on Litigation Management (2010)
  • The Business of Law: Does It Have to Be Profits v. Ethics? A Discussion of Alternative Fees. New Jersey Institute for Legal Education (October 2010)
  • Technology Basics for Solos and Small Firms, New Haven County Bar Association (2009)
  • Don’t Get Caught Operating Without A License, For the Defense (DRI 2008)
  • Product Liability Defenses: A State-by-State Compendium, Connecticut Chapter, (DRI 2007)
  • Speech Recognition Software More Reliable Than Ever, CT Law Tribune (2007)
  • A Better Option for Viewing Transcripts Electronically, CT Law Tribune (2006)
  • Sore Thumbs Up to Lawyer Mobility, CT Law Tribune (2006)
  • When is it Timely to Bring a Third-Party Indemnification Action in a Product Liability Case, The Defense, Journal of Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association (2005)
  • Low Digital Prices Facilitate Video Depositions, CT Law Tribune (2005)

Community Involvement

Attorney Bennett is a proud contributor of various groups including the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.