Sorrentino Legal | Connecticut CT Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycles can be extremely fun and exhilarating, but it comes as no surprise that motorcycle accidents are still common and injuries are often serious or even lethal.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015 alone, 88,000 people were injured from riding motorcycles. If you are involved in an accident riding a motorcycle you are at high risk of having severe injuries. Motorcycle accident injuries can often be fatal as NHTSA data shows that 4,976 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2015 alone.
Injuries vary significantly from case to case, but the most common injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident are the following:
- Road rash
- Head injury (including traumatic brain injury)
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Lower extremity injuries (legs, knees, hip, thigh, etc.)
Injuries stemming from a motorcycle can be easily lethal because of how vulnerable the rider is. Even with a motorcycle helmet or gloves, there is little protection when the rider is involved with a collision with another vehicle.
Aside from the pain and suffering you may feel from the injury-causing accident, another aspect to consider is the long term effects and consequences from a serious motorcycle accident.
Many riders are risk takers and thrill-seekers and the last thing you want to think about is what your life will be like if you're ever involved in a serious motorcycle accident.
However, the reality is, if you're involved in a serious motorcycle accident here in Connecticut CT or anywhere, there are many other problems you face after recovery. A few examples are hospital bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering and, cost of treatment, like physical therapy, skin grafts, or chiropractic care you might need from a Connecticut CT motorcycle injury.
Rights to a Lawsuit Following a Motorcycle Accident
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Connecticut CT you have a right to file a lawsuit against the driver who hit you. In the Connecticut CT Drivers Manual, it highlights NHTSA rules regarding motorcycles.
There are many rules of the road that govern how drivers need to follow in order to make reduce risk of collision or causing a motorcyclist to get into an accident. One such rule is giving a motorcycle rider a full lane width of space to react to traffic. Some other road rules regarding motorcycle safety contemplate the following:
- Failing to yield right of way to motorcycle rider causing a motorcycle accident
- Following motorcycle rider too closely causing a motorcycle accident
- Making left hand turn in wrong lane or without checking traffic behind you causing a motorcycle accident.
These rules make it clear that drivers need to pay extra attention to motorcycles, and in fact, have a legal duty to do so.
Often you can prove that the other driver was negligent or carelessly caused your motorcycle accident simply by showing that he or she violated the Connecticut CT rules of the road regarding motorcycle safety.
As experienced motorcycle attorneys, it is our job to prove that the other driver was negligent or irresponsible in some way. Aside from negligence or carelessness, if you can show that a driver was operating their vehicle recklessly, which caused your motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to additional compensation. Evidence of recklessness may also incentivize the reckless driver's insurance company to settle a motorcycle injury claim, because insurance companies have a duty to take their insured out of harm's way.
Reckless driving in Connecticut CT can be proven by violation of statute under the following four (4) factual scenarios, which is not an exhaustive list:
- Operating a vehicle on a Connecticut CT highway, road or parking area of ten cars or more at a rate of speed that endangers the life of any person other than the operator of the vehicle; OR
- Operating a vehicle with a Connecticut CT commercial registration downgrade with the clutch or gears disengaged; OR
- Operating a vehicle with known defective issues;
- The operation a vehicle on a Connecticut CT highway, road, or parking area of ten cars or more at a speed of eighty-five (85) miles per hour.
Connecticut Motorcyclist Responsibility
Motorcyclists in Connecticut CT must also take into account their driving, and a rider could be barred from recovery in a situation where they are 51% at fault (or more) regardless of the severity of injury following a motorcycle accident in Connecticut CT.
People who ride motorcycles have a reputation for operating irresponsibly and in those cases where the stereotypes are true, the rider may be unsuccessful in bringing a lawsuit a motorcycle accident. Some common irresponsible motorcycle-riding behaviors include:
- Driving under the influence
- Swerving from lane to lane on the highway
- Lane splitting
- Road rage
If you're irresponsible while riding your bike, any of the above actions could change the outcome of your case, because you contributed to the accident.
Contact a Skilled and Experienced Connecticut CT Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today.
When should I file a lawsuit following a Connecticut CT motorcycle accident? The answer is you should file a motorcycle injury lawsuit as soon as possible because of something called the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for motorcycle accidents dictates the amount of time in which you have to file a lawsuit for motorcycle injury stemming from another operator's negligence.
In Connecticut, you have two (2) years from the date of your motorcycle accident to file a claim against the other driver or cyclists. If you do not file a lawsuit within that 2-year window, you will be barred from filing a motorcycle accident claim, meaning you will not be able to collect any damages.
If you have had a motorcycle accident, contact Sorrentino Legal, the experienced Connecticut CT motorcycle attorneys for a free consultation.
You can reach us by calling (203) 518-8010 for a free consultation and tell us about your motorcycle accident case to see how we can help you get you compensated for your accident today.