While Connecticut motorcyclists have many scenic places to ride, those rides aren’t without risk: AAA has reported that the state’s motorcycle accident fatality rate exceeds the national average, with motorcycle deaths accounting for about 20 percent of the state’s total motor vehicle deaths. Nearby highways such as the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95), I-91 and U.S. 6 are among the most dangerous roads in Connecticut, and the Merritt Parkway, with its narrow, tree-lined lanes can also pose serious hazards for motorcyclists. If you’ve been hurt in a crash, our attorneys can help. Based in Westport since 1961, MeehanLaw, LLC represents injured riders throughout Fairfield County, seeking full, fair compensation.
Along with the careful drivers who take to the scenic routes and major highways of Connecticut, there are those who disrespect the rules of the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that speeding is a factor in about one in three fatal motorcycle accidents, and that about one in four motorcycle accidents involve alcohol. Other common causes of motorcycle accidents include unsafe lane changes, car doors opening unexpectedly, poor weather and dangerous road conditions.
Lane splitting, when a motorcycle rides between lanes of slow or stopped traffic, is illegal in Connecticut. However, even when lane splitting was a factor in an accident, the motorcyclist is not necessarily 100 percent at-fault. Connecticut’s modified comparative negligence standard allows an injured person to seek compensation from negligent parties as long as the victim does not bear more than 50 percent of fault for the accident. We understand the types of evidence that can be crucial to proving fault and winning compensation. As seasoned personal injury lawyers, we have helped clients hurt in all sorts of motorcycle crashes.
Knowing what steps to take after a motorcycle crash or car accident can help you avoid future problems. If anyone is hurt, call 911 and seek medical attention. Even if you don’t think you’re hurt, see a doctor to ensure injuries not readily apparent can be detected and provide a record for a future claim. Connecticut law requires you to inform police if an injury or property damage occurs in a crash. When it is safe to do so, take pictures or videos of the accident scene and injuries. Swap insurance and identification with any other parties involved, and ask for the contact information of witnesses. All this information will help us to more effectively represent you.
Bikers have far less protection than motorists do, exposing them to road rash, lacerations and what are often more serious injuries, such as:
Protective gloves, pants and jackets and helmets can be life-savers. Though Connecticut only requires motorcycle riders under the age of 18 to wear helmets, you should wear one. We can’t stress enough how important they are to preventing traumatic head injuries.
When we represent you, we will work to determine the total value of the losses suffered in the accident and seek to recover the compensation you deserve, for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, out-of-pocket expenses and property repair costs. We draw upon years of experience valuing accident claims to arrive at what you need in the short- and long-term.
The hardworking personal injury attorneys at MeehanLaw, LLC in Westport, Connecticut proudly represent motorcyclists who are hurt in accidents. To schedule your free initial consultation with a dedicated lawyer at our firm, call us at 203-916-1743 or contact us online.