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How do I create my own accident report?

After any car accident, it is usually best to call the police and wait at the scene of the collision until they arrive. Even if you don't think that you suffered an injury or if the other person verbally accepts fault at the scene, an official accident report filed with the police is a very useful thing to have if things get more complicated later on. Many accidents have seemed like simple fender benders at the time, only for the driver who was hit to realize later he or she suffered an injury. Similarly, many drivers accept fault at the scene and then later change their mind.

Unfortunately, a police officer is not always available to come to the scene of an accident. While you can't obtain a police report of the accident if no officer comes to the scene, it is possible to create you own report and file it with the police.

How are criminal and civil wrongful death suits different?

Wrongful death cases are often more complicated than you might expect, and in fact, a wrongful death case can lead to a criminal trial as well as a civil trial. These cases may be about the same incident but still have separate proceedings that play out very differently, depending on the specifics of the case. On of the most famous examples of this playing out is in the case of O.J. Simpson and the his alleged involvement in the deaths of his ex-wife and her partner.

The difference between a civil wrongful death case and a criminal wrongful death case lies in who is bringing the action. Criminal cases arise when the government pursues punishment for an individual it believes committed a crime that resulted in the death of someone else. In a civil wrongful death case, in contrast, private individuals bring a lawsuit against another person whom they believe bears responsibility of the untimely death of a person.

Multi-car pileup under investigation

Car accidents between two drivers can be complex enough on their own, let alone those that involve multiple drivers and vehicles. Insurance providers and victims have their work cut out for them after a recent multi-car pileup right here in Hartford. The six-car collision is currently being investigated by the Hartford police.

Fortunately for everyone involved, the injuries are far fewer than they might have been. Out of six vehicles involved in the accident, only three individuals suffered injuries deemed severe enough to send them to hospitals, and none of those injuries were life-threatening. Still, untangling the web of which insurer is responsible for which injuries will require quite some doing to untangle, not to mention the property damage.

What if I'm injured at a music festival?

Summer is fully upon us, which for many people means it's music festival season. The booming popularity of outdoor music festivals over the last 15 years or so has created many opportunities to witness some amazing lineups of the best artists in every genre, but it also has brought many dangers that festival-goers often don't consider until its too late. If you plan to attend a festival this summer, be sure to have a plan in case an injury occurs.

If you suffer an injury at a festival, your first priority should be obtaining proper medical attention. Festivals are required to have medical stations, so be sure you note where these are when you arrive. In an emergency, this information could save your life. Once your immediate safety is secured, gather all the information you can about how you were injured and what factors contributed to the injury. It is useful to take pictures that can help create a solid case if you need to file a claim later.

Family obtains permission to sue state agency for patient death

A wrongful death can occur just about anywhere, even a place where the person might go to protect themselves and others. The family of a former psychiatric patient recently received permission from Connecticut's Claims Commissioner to file a suit for $1 million against the agency that placed the patient in a facility where she unexpectedly passed away. The suit is also against the hospital that treated her before she transferred out of the state.

The lawsuit alleges a number of offenses against Connecticut's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, primarily suggesting that the agency should have known better than to place the patient in the facility where she died. The facility itself has faced a number of legal issues in the past, including allegations of patient abuse. The family also believes that proper medical care was not administered when staff realized the patient was unresponsive before she died.

Do you need a lawyer after an injury accident?

After a car accident, you may think that you can simply leave the matter up to insurance companies and focus on your recovery. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Insurance companies, like any business, have motivation to avoid paying out money if they do not have to. If you suffer an injury in a car accident, there is no guarantee that an insurance company will definitely pay for all of your recovery costs, let alone the losses you suffer economically because of the accident.

It is very useful to enlist the guidance of an experienced attorney who can advocate on your behalf and ensure that you do not suffer because the insurer tasked with providing for your care and compensation wishes to remain profitable. You deserve to receive the care you need without worrying about who will pay for it, or how long the process will last.

Trucks can bring destruction far from the roadway

When we think about automobile accidents, we generally imagine scenes of destruction on the road, but not all accidents are confined to roads. This can be especially true of truck accidents. Because trucks are so large, they can take devastation off of the roadway and into surrounding areas and buildings.

Recently, a large tanker truck carrying milk ran off the road in Suffield, striking a home and causing some significant damage. Fortunately, in this particular instance, there were no serious injuries or damage to property, but things could easily have been much worse if circumstances had been just a little different.

Take precautions to stay on your motorcycle this summer

Summer is here, and with it comes greater congestion on the roads. While these sunny days are perfect for a getting out on your motorcycle for a ride, you should be sure to take proper safety precautions to minimize your risk of a serious injury accident. A little forethought into how to keep yourself safe on the road can mean the difference between life and death.

The greatest thing you can do protect yourself is accept that you have to take your safety into your own hands. Unfortunately, you can never underestimate the recklessness of other drivers on the road, especially because Americans generally do not drive with motorcyclists in mind. If you want to stay safe on the road, you have to drive defensively and keep in mind just how dangerous other drivers' ignorance can be.

Man wins years-long premises liability suit

When a person is injured, the owner or occupant of the place where the injury occurred often faces responsibility for the injury under a premises liability suit. The realities of premises liability suits was demonstrated recently in the resolution of years-long case of a Bridgeport man who injured his back while delivering supplies to a pizza parlor in 2010.

The superior court jury finally awarded the man around $850,000 after deliberating for several hours, bringing a close to a lengthy, but ultimately worthwhile lawsuit.

Family of student pilot mounts wrongful death suit

A wrongful death lawsuit surrounding the death of a student pilot who died in a horrific crash last year is just now coming to fruition. The flight school the student was attending at the time of the crash has now shut down its last remaining branch in Connecticut as the owner prepares for what may be a complicated and lengthy legal process.

The crash occurred last fall when the student pilot and his instructor, the owner of the flight instruction school, crashed the plane into downtown Hartford, killing the student. The instructor, who survived the crash, now faces a wrongful death suit against his company, which alleges that the student was not properly equipped to handle the pressures of flight and that the plane suffered mechanical failures.

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