For Connecticut motorcyclists, the scenic roadways of the state near Long Island Sound are great places to ride. Unfortunately, collisions involving motorcycles are all too common on the Connecticut Turnpike, Routes 1 and 15 and local roads. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, our attorneys at MeehanLaw, LLC in Bridgeport will fight to recover compensation from at-fault parties. Since 1961, our firm has represented Fairfield County riders injured or killed in crashes involving negligence. We will provide the knowledgeable advice and strong advocacy you deserve.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speed is a factor in about one in three motorcycle accidents, and alcohol is involved in about one in four. Unsafe lane changes, poor weather, dangerous road conditions, and driver inexperience are other common causes of these accidents. Though lane splitting, or riding a motorcycle between lanes of slow or stopped traffic, is illegal in Connecticut, a motorcyclist who splits lanes does not necessarily deserve all the blame for an accident. Car and truck drivers who follow or pass too closely to bikers are often to blame for crashes involving motorcycles. Our personal injury attorneys will conduct a thorough review of the facts and evidence at hand to show that a motorist’s negligence led to your accident.
If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, your health and safety are the top priorities. Call 911 and get medical attention, even if you don’t think you’re seriously injured, because not all injuries are readily apparent. Whether you’re in a car or on a bike, you are legally required to report a Connecticut accident to police when an injury or property damage occurs. Get the insurance information and identification of anyone else involved in the accident and the contact details for any witnesses. Pictures, videos or notes taken at the accident scene can be helpful when filing a claim or building a legal case.
Because motorcyclists are so much more exposed than motorists in an accident, bikers can suffer injuries that range from road rash, lacerations and broken bones to spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injury. Too often, bike crash injuries prove deadly: Connecticut’s motorcycle fatality rate exceeds the national average. Though Connecticut only requires riders under the age of 18 to wear helmets, it is important to wear one no matter how old you are. Protective jackets, pants and gloves can also help shield your body from the harshest contact of a collision. No matter what type of injury you’ve suffered, we will seek the compensation you deserve.
Connecticut law allows vehicle accident victims to seek monetary damages from the people or entities that caused the accident as long as the victim bears no more than 50 percent of the blame. If you bear any responsibility, your damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault. It is essential to know what your claim is worth before accepting an insurance settlement or deciding to file a lawsuit, and that’s where we can help. When determining an appropriate figure for damages, we factor in past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, out-of-pocket expenses and property repair costs so that the compensation your receive fully addresses the harm you’ve suffered.
Dating back to 1961, MeehanLaw, LLC has been the trusted law firm of motorists in Bridgeport, Connecticut. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, call us at 203-916-1743 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.