Auto Accidents

Bridgeport Accident Attorney

An auto accident can change your life in an instant. Even a low-speed crash can result in injuries which cause chronic pain and life-long disability. Auto accidents are rarely as simple as they appear and you cannot rely on the insurance companies to do the right thing when you file a claim. Causes, such as defective roadways, are not always obvious and can radically change your case. If you have been injured in an auto accident, you need the help of a Bridgeport auto accident attorney.

Causes of Auto Accidents

Driver negligence is very often at the heart of auto accidents, but there are some other causes which can make it appear that one or more drivers were to blame when they were not. Common causes of auto accidents include:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Excessive speed
  • Intoxication
  • Failure to observe traffic signs or signals
  • Defective vehicle
  • Defective roadways

Defective Roadways

A roadway defect such as a malfunctioning traffic signal can lead to conflicting statements from witnesses and the appearance of fault on the part of one or more drivers when no driver was to blame. There are many ways in which a roadway can be defective. Examples include:

  • Malfunctioning traffic signal
  • Missing or obscured stop signs or warning signs
  • Defective road design
  • Poor maintenance including potholes and faulty bridges and overpasses
  • Lack of guardrails
  • Improperly marked construction zones
  • Debris and obstacles left in the road

Defective Vehicles

Vehicle recalls occasionally make the news, but defective vehicles and parts are far more common than you may think. Some types of defects can cause accidents to occur, while others cause more severe injuries in the event of an accident. Examples of vehicle defects which can cause accidents or increased injuries include:

  • Faulty tires
  • Faulty steering systems
  • Acceleration system defects
  • Defective seat belts
  • Defective air bags
  • Defective door latches
  • Poor roof crush resistance
  • Design flaws creating high rollover risk

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident in Bridgeport, or anywhere in Connecticut, please call a Bridgeport accident attorney of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation with an accident attorney is free, and if we agree to represent you, we will work for a contingent fee, which means we won’t get paid for our services unless you receive a settlement or an award. In Connecticut, an accident lawsuit must be filed before the expiration of the statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.