Were You Injured in an Auto Accident?
At Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney in Bridgeport, we have been protecting the rights of people injured in motor vehicle accidents for more than 50 years. You can quickly find yourself with more questions than answers after you have been hurt in a crash. We are here to help you find the answers and hold negligent parties accountable for the damage you have suffered.
We combine extensive resources and legal expertise with attentive service focused on the unique needs of motor vehicle accident victims. Our car crash injury lawyers will monitor all aspects of your case and review the details with our medical experts to get you the best possible recovery. Our track record is impressive, with millions of dollars recovered for our clients over the years. Most importantly, we always take the time to get to know our clients, uncover all of the facts and give them a realistic idea of what to expect.
Full-Service Representation for Victims Throughout Connecticut
Our goal is to maximize compensation for people who have suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents. Victims often have catastrophic injuries such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and fractures, which require extensive rehabilitation and rack up immense medical costs. We will pursue compensation from all negligent parties and ensure you have the resources you need now and in the future to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.
To learn more about specific areas of our auto accidents practice, see:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Public transportation accidents
- Teen driving tips
- Drunk driving accidents
- Uninsured motorists
- Distracted driving
- Winter weather accidents
Is your specific issue not listed here? That’s okay: We encourage you to speak to our lawyers about your situation and learn more about how we can help you. We don’t need you to make a prejudgment about whether you have a case; we can examine the facts and let you know what your options are for pursuing a personal injury claim.
We Are Here to Help Today
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an auto accident, you do not need to face this challenge alone. Call 203-212-9075 or contact us online for a free consultation with our Bridgeport auto accident attorneys.
Auto Accident Frequently Asked Questions
What is a personal injury attorney?
A. A personal injury attorney represents victims and their families who have been injured due to someone’s negligence or reckless actions. A personal injury attorney can help you find justice after an accident by pursuing compensation to help pay for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering and damages depending on your case.
When should you contact a lawyer after a car accident?
A. You should call a lawyer before you speak to the insurance company. An attorney can protect your rights by collecting evidence, evaluating all options for recovery and negotiating with the insurance company to maximize the compensation in your case.
When should you hire an attorney after an accident?
A. Hiring an attorney is a big decision, especially after you have been injured. However, it is one that should be made as soon as possible so your right to file a claim is protected.
What are your rights after a car accident?
A. You have the right to pursue a legal claim against the driver responsible for the accident. To protect yourself, do not admit fault after an accident. You also do not need to make statements to the insurance company or sign any settlement agreements without consulting a lawyer first. Speaking to a lawyer can help you protect your right to file a lawsuit after an accident.
How do I know if I have the proper auto insurance?
A. Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney repeatedly reminds and educates our clients regarding the importance of having appropriate auto insurance coverage. Over and over again, we see clients who are left unprotected with inadequate insurance. Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney would like to share with you the seven do’s and don’ts for selecting the best auto insurance protection for your family.
1. DO understand your policy. Can you answer the following questions?
1. What is the amount of my bodily injury/liability (BI) coverage?
2. What is the amount of my uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage?
3. What can I do to obtain conversion coverage or double UM?
2. DO increase your UM/UIM coverage, if possible.
We always hear people tell us that they have purchased umbrella insurance coverage, yet they do not know their UM/UIM limits. While umbrella, excess and BI coverage protect you if you cause an accident, they afford no protection if an uninsured or underinsured motorist injures you. The only way to protect yourself is to increase your UM/UIM coverage and request double coverage. Example: If you have $300,000 BI and $300,000 UM, request double UM coverage and increase your UM limits to $600,000.
3. DO purchase underinsured motorist conversion (UIMC) coverage.
UIMC coverage guarantees that you and your family will be afforded the full extent of the coverage you purchased, no matter how much is recovered from the driver who caused the collision. Otherwise, the amount that you receive from the other driver will be deducted from your coverage. Example: At-fault driver pays out to injured person his $20,000 limited policy. Injured person has limited $50,000 without conversion. Injured person can only make claim for remaining $30,000 in coverage (50,000-20,000 = 30,000). With conversion coverage, injured person can make a claim for $50,000. If the injured person had double UM, he will have $100,000 of coverage in addition to the $20,000 received.
4. DON’T be cheap – be smart.
A few dollars saved can result in inadequate coverage, which basically is no coverage at all. Although the law only requires limits of $20,000 worth of coverage per person and $40,000 worth of coverage per accident, such limits are woefully insufficient to cover the costs resulting from serious injury. Remember to purchase the maximum amount of insurance that you can afford as it is money well spent.
5. DON’T “write down” your UM/UIM motorist coverage.
Always reject any offer to reduce your UM/UIM coverage to below the amount of your BI coverage.
6. DON’T be left without medical coverage.
The law no longer requires you to purchase no fault or medical benefit coverage. However, if you do not have health insurance coverage, you should still purchase this optional coverage in order to protect yourself. If you do have health insurance, the premium for this coverage may be better spent increasing your UM/UIM limits.
7. DON’T think “It won’t happen to me.”
Unfortunately, Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney has seen many situations where clients have been injured by uninsured or underinsured drivers and these clients have had inadequate UM/UIM coverage. Hopefully, you will never need it, but be smart and protect yourself.