Depending on the outcome of the case and your specific situation, the defendant in a Connecticut truck accident case may be required to pay your medical bills, car repair bills and other costs. However, to receive a financial award, one of the many things that you must do is prove without a doubt that the defendant acted in a negligent manner.
Was the driver distracted or impaired?
A copy of the truck driver’s cellphone records may show that he or she was using a mobile device at the time of the crash. A toxicology report might show that this person was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Statements from the driver or a passenger in the truck might also confirm that impairment played a role in the motor vehicle accident.
Examine the police report
The contents of a police report may provide context as to what happened before, during and after a motor vehicle accident occurred. For instance, it may indicate whether the defendant appeared to be under the influence, extremely fatigued or otherwise not capable of driving safely. It may also indicate whether poor weather, poor roads or poor vehicle maintenance played a role in the crash.
Save any documents related to the case
Medical bills, vehicle repair bills and similar documents may show that you incurred a financial loss because of a defendant’s actions. This is critical because a person cannot be negligent unless his or her actions resulted in a financial loss. Keeping copies of medical records may also allow you to show a link between the crash and your back, neck or brain injuries.
A motor vehicle accident case may be resolved either in court or through informal talks. In some cases, a settlement may be reached after a trial begins. Your settlement may include funds to pay medical bills, recoup lost wages or otherwise help you maintain a reasonable standard of living.