Connecticut Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
We have been helping injured bikers for over two decades. Most of our legal team grew up riding motorcycles. We will seek reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, and for permanent physical and emotional losses associated with your injury.
Motorcyclists and Their Rights on the Road
To understand motorcycle accident cases, you need to understand what laws and regulations apply to motorcycle riders (including those regarding lane splitting). According to The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles’ motorcycle manual, motorcyclists must obey the same laws and regulations that car drivers follow.
In addition to this, motorcyclists are required to follow regulations specific to them. For example, if the current traffic speed exceeds the maximum speed of a motorcycle, the rider is required to stay in the right-hand lane. They should also be wearing a helmet that adheres to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) regulations.
Because motorcycles are smaller than the average car, drivers are required to give them special attention as per the Connecticut Driver’s Manual. The manual cites the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) rules, such as giving a motorcycle a full lane width of space to allow for reaction to traffic. Cars are recommended to allow a three-to-four second following distance when traveling next to a motorcycle.
How Does This Factor into Claims?
Because drivers are supposed to give special attention to motorcyclists, they can be held liable for an accident if their negligence was a factor. An example of this can be seen in a situation where a car tailed a motorcycle without giving ample space. Additionally, if a car’s driver does not give the right of way when necessary, he or she can be liable for disobeying traffic regulations.
This does not mean that motorcycle lawsuits will always end in favor of the rider. Motorcyclists are required to be just as safe, so if they are negligent themselves, they can be held liable. It is best for riders to always follow regulations, stay aware of their surroundings, and make themselves visible.
How Does a Personal Injury Claim Work?
The first step in filing a personal injury claim begins after the accident. You will need to recount as much information as you can for any police reports and for future reference. The next step is contacting your insurance company. Your insurance company will likely conduct their own report on who is at fault for the accident.
Depending on that outcome, the next steps may differ. For example, the insurance company might find you liable for the accident, even if you’re not. In cases like this, legal help would be beneficial. If you have reasonable evidence that the other party was negligent, legal aid would come into play to take your case to court.
Another outcomes might include one of the parties offering some sort of deal to settle outside of court. Either way, we recommend consulting legal help for the best possible outcome for your situation. We at Naizby Law have experience with personal injury cases and may be able to help you.
Causes of Injuries to Motorcyclists
Investigation and statistics support findings that the majority of bike accidents with trucks and vehicles are the result of a driver’s failure to see the motorcyclist due to blind spots or driver distractions. When riding, you need to be vigilant and aware of motorists - their negligence could be life-ending for you.
Examples of Injuries
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), motorcycle crashes are more likely than not to result in injury. This makes sense because there is less protection around a motorcyclist. Head injuries are the most common affliction. Helmets can decrease this likelihood.
According to the Mayo Clinic, spinal cord injuries are also a common result of vehicle accidents. In addition, Livestrong.com (a website dedicated to health, partnered by the Livestrong Foundation) reports that other injuries include:
- Bone fractures or broken bones (wrist, arm, legs, and other areas).
- "Road rash" (skin abrasion that occurs when skin scraps up against or encounters the rough ground during an accident).
- Internal bleeding and/or injuries.
- Traumatic brain injury.
- Never damage in the arms, legs, and across the body.
Motorcycle accident injury treatments can include medications, therapy, or even costly surgeries in some instances. Because of the severity and cost of an injury, experienced legal help is recommended to try to secure compensation and justice.
Knowledge and Commitment
Naizby Law works with clients so they can get proper medical treatment and meet their financial obligations while incapacitated. We will prepare and present your claim to the insurance company and seek a fair settlement for you or your family. In the event that they fail to be reasonable, we are prepared to take your case through trial to ensure the company pays for your losses.
Regrettably, too often the insurance carriers are making the decision of how much to pay. And even if a negligent driver knows he is at fault, he is forced to abide by the carrier’s decision. We represent bikers across the state of Connecticut. We advise all of our clients to have a minimum of one million dollars in uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to ensure adequate coverage, and to make sure that the policy has provisions for passengers.
We are a board-certified trial law firm - we strive to get a fair pretrial resolution for you, but we’ve tried numerous cases to jury conclusion on behalf of our clients. We find that the insurance carrier’s appreciation of our commitment benefits our clients. For assistance, contact our Connecticut traffic accident attorneys at (203) 245-8500.
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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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