Car accidents can happen at any time, on any roadway, in cities, suburbs or country roads. An accident can result in a simple exchange of insurance and contact information or it can be a life-saving ride via emergency transport with an extended stay in the hospital with a totaled car.
The post accident experience for parties after an accident will depend on the specific circumstances moments before the accident. A simple fender bender with no injuries, minor damage and where both parties have insurance, will likely process quickly through insurance and repairs will be forthcoming.
There are other situations that are not so cut and dry when it comes to automobile accidents. In more serious accidents including traffic law infractions such as speeding, running a red light, racing, or a case of road rage you may be inquiring if the circumstances classify as vehicular assault or aggravated vehicular assault.
According to Connecticut law, a person is guilty of assault in the second degree with a motor vehicle when, while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or both, he causes serious physical injury to another person as a consequence of the effect of such liquor or drug.
Assault in the second degree with a motor vehicle is a class D felony and the court shall suspend the motor vehicle operator’s license or nonresident operating privilege of any person found guilty under this section for one year. The driver could not only face criminal charges, but civil charges as well.
In some states, driving recklessly (not intoxicated) and causing serious bodily injury can warrant a charge of vehicular assault. In the case of racing down a public two-lane road, a resulting accident causing serious physical injury or death likely would be considered for a vehicular assault charge. Serious physical injury means physical injury which creates a substantial risk of death, or which causes serious disfigurement, serious impairment of health or serious loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ.
Assault in the second degree with a motor vehicle (CGS-53a-60) is similar to assault with a deadly or dangerous weapon; it is a Class D felony. If a person hits someone with their vehicle, or threaten to run them over, this can be the charge they may have to defend.
If you are injured by a reckless, aggressive, or drunk driver your first attention needs to be to your injuries. Immediately seek medical attention. Then, get an experienced lawyer who knows the local laws and has experience in handling cases of injuries caused by vehicular assault. An experienced lawyer can tell you if you have grounds for a case during a consultation and the compensation available to you for your losses and damages.
Assault by a vehicle is serious crime, if you have experienced a serious injury from an accident involving an aggressive, reckless, or drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation.
At Tindall Law Firm, LLC, we fight to recover damages for car accident victims in Connecticut. With 23 years of experience, attorney Tavis Tindall has the knowledge and skill to hold the reckless driver accountable for your losses. For a free consultation with a Waterbury car accident injury lawyer, please call 203.755.0018 or contact us online.