Car accidents are a leading cause of death in the United States, and Connecticut is no exception. Connecticut residents who have been injured as a result of a car accident may want to take the other driver to court in hopes of getting compensation for damages such as medical bills and lost wages. However, the court will first have to determine that the driver was indeed negligent. Even if it seems like a clear-cut case to the injured party, negligent driving has a specific legal definition.
First, it is important to remember that in order for a driver to be found negligent, the car collision must have resulted in a loss or personal injury. If no one was hurt and the victim's car was not damaged, the court will not be interested in charging the driver with negligent driving.
If there was a loss or personal injury, the court will proceed by examining the accident to determine what the driver was doing at the time of the crash. For example, the court will want to know if the driver was using a mobile phone, or not maintaining full control of the vehicle by having both hands on the steering wheel. The court will also want to know if the driver passed a breathalyzer test.
The court will also examine whether the driver was speeding or following another vehicle too closely. Finally, the court will examine the vehicle to determine if it was properly being maintained. For instance, if the driver was following too closely and crashed, the court will want to know what condition the brakes were in at the time of the accident.
Victims of car accidents who have suffered a loss or personal injury should consider working with a qualified attorney with experience in motor vehicle accidents. A qualified attorney may be able to help an injured person seek compensation for damages.