Connecticut Bicycle Accident Attorney
In the past few decades, cycling has transformed from a simple mode of transportation into a symbol of social progress, an incredible sport, and a truly liberating experience. It is unfortunate but true that negligent motorists can turn a great pastime into a tragic experience. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 818 bicyclists were killed and 45,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2015.
John Naizby, our lead attorney at Naizby Law, is an avid cyclist and a three-time Ironman. He was seriously injured by a negligent driver while riding in Fort Collins, Colorado, more than 25 years ago. He understands cycling and the effect an injury can have on your life when it takes away your ability to enjoy activities and sports. If you have been injured on a bike by a negligent driver, you can have confidence that we will aggressively and tenaciously pursue full and fair compensation for your losses.
What to Do After an Accident
Right after impact, make sure that you are okay. Do not force yourself up if you cannot reasonably rise up. If you can get up, comply with the rules set forth by The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles.
First, you should call the police so that a report can be made. The report will include noticeable injuries and essential information. Whether the police show up or not, take down the following:
- The driver’s name, phone number, and license information.
- The driver’s insurance information.
- Photos of the scene and damages, if possible.
- Witness information/number, if possible.
Witness information is especially vital if the person who hit you flees the scene. You will also want to recount exactly what happened, in case stories conflict in the future. The driver may seem helpful at the scene, but that may change later. Therefore, it is important to take full account of the scene.
Seek Medical Attention
After filing a police report and/or taking account of the scene, it is important to seek medical care. Even if you don’t seem hurt now, there can still be underlying injuries - for example, a serious head injury. According to the Mayo Clinic, concussion and traumatic brain injury symptoms can take hours or even days to appear. It is safer to consult a doctor, rather than be sorry later.
Medical treatment may include:
- Treatment/dressing of bruises/cuts.
- Physical therapy.
- Medications for pain.
- Treatment for more severe afflictions (traumatic brain injury or broken bones).
Liability and Statute of Limitations
Connecticut laws and codes state that compensation can be sought when negligence, misconduct, and malpractice result in injury or damage to a person or possessions. This means that if a bicycle accident was caused by a driver’s negligence in following traffic laws, signs, and safety, you may have a case for compensation.
To achieve this, you must adhere to Connecticut’s statute of limitations. For injuries or damages due to negligence, misconduct, or malpractice, you have two years from the day it occurred (or was reasonably discovered) to file a claim and seek justice.
How to Recover Compensation After a Bicycle Accident
After taking an account of the incident and seeking medical attention, the best thing to do is to speak with a bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible to find out if you have a case.
Our Connecticut personal injury attorneys have had great success recovering compensation for bicycle accident victims, including:
- Medical expenses.
- Lost wages.
- Loss of future earnings.
- Property replacement.
- Pain and suffering.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
The fact is that most bicycle accidents with motor vehicles are caused by the driver's failure to see the bicyclist in the road. It gives you an advantage to be represented by an attorney who is both a trial lawyer and a cyclist, as most jurors do not understand the safety protocols that motorists are legally bound by when sharing the road with bicyclists. We will thoroughly investigate your accident and develop the evidence to give jurors an explanation of what went wrong and how your injuries were caused.
Who Pays for Damages in a Bicycle Accident Claim?
Insurance carriers typically pay the damages in a bicycle accident case. Unfortunately, they are the ones making the decision of whether or not and how much to pay, even when the driver knows that he or she was at fault.
So, what happens in circumstances where the driver does not have medical payments coverage? According to Connecticut law, your own insurance may cover medical bills under "uninsured or underinsured" policy coverage. This policy may apply to you and people in your household. You can contact us for specific questions pertaining to your own case.
What If the Incident Was Not My Fault or the Driver’s Fault?
Special circumstance may occur in which an accident occurs because of a roadway. If a roadway is unrepaired or posing a hazard, it may impede traffic and increase accident risks. In this case, the laws of personal injury and negligence would apply to the government or city entity responsible for maintaining the roadway. There are certain codes, however, that apply to a government or city entity that do not correspond to your average accident case. It is best to consult a lawyer to ensure proper filling.
Negligence may also attach to your bike’s manufacturing company. Let’s say you see a car coming, so you toggle your bike’s brakes to avoid a crash. If for some reason the bike’s brakes malfunction, the manufacturer may be at fault. Of course, negligence would have to be proven for you to receive compensation. This would fall under product liability, which we have experience with.
Who Can I Contact for Help?
When dealing with bicycle accident cases, you need optimum legal help - lawyers who understand bicycle accidents inside and out.
At Naizby Law, we are a board-certified trial law firm. Our bicycle accident attorneys can negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf for a full and fair settlement. If an insurance company refuses to be reasonable, we are prepared to take your case to trial and fight for the compensation you deserve in court.
If you have been injured on your bike because of a vehicle driver's negligence, contact us to schedule a consultation at (203) 245-8500. Even if you're not from Connecticut, we handle cases from other states when injury was done while traveling in Connecticut. We handle all our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us no fees until we recover compensation for you.
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For over 20 years, John has exclusively represented people (not insurance companies).
John has received the America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award.
Since the year 2000, John has been a Board Certified Civil Lawyer.
John is a graduate and senior instructor at the Trial Lawyers College.
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