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motorcyclist putting on safety gearYou need to know you can count on your legal counsel after being in a terrible motorcycle accident. The other motorist involved in your crash is more than likely going to blame you, even if they know that they are the one who caused the accident. Insurance companies who aren’t presented with convincing evidence of liability might take the easy way out and decide to blame you, too, just because you ride a motorcycle. Without a strong legal professional representing you, your case could turn upside-down before you know what happened.

Stand up for yourself and pursue the compensation that is owed to you by teaming up with RisCassi & Davis, P.C. and our Hartford motorcycle accident lawyers. We are happiest when we know we have done an outstanding job for a client in need, which entails progressing their case with as little stress for them as possible and securing the largest possible compensation, either through a settlement or an award.

Let us help you with your motorcycle accident case. Call (860) 245-2412.

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Do Drivers Always Cause Motorcycle Accidents?

As a motorcyclist, you have probably felt frustrated by the reckless and negligent driving behaviors of motorists around you. Many drivers seem to not even realize that your smaller vehicle is even near them while they are driving. Indeed, many motorcycle accidents can be attributed to this exact issue.

Drivers have trained themselves to look for and notice car-sized vehicles with two headlights. When they look at a smaller motorcycle with one headlight, it is possible they don’t even “see” it, especially if they are already distracted by other things like their smartphones. This type of negligence creates “invisible” motorcycles that motorists are more likely to hit without ever noticing they are there.

Motorcycle accidents are often caused by drivers who:

  • Turn left in front of approaching motorcyclists
  • Change lanes without checking for motorcyclists
  • Fail to stop soon enough at red lights when behind a motorcycle
  • Overcorrect and swerve into a motorcyclist who is passing them

Damages Available to Injured Motorcyclists

motorcycle accident damages infographicAfter a crash, motorcyclists are often diagnosed with severe injuries. Brain damage, spinal cord damage, and road rash are all common forms of injuries suffered by motorcyclists. Treating such injuries can get expensive, and the consequences of them can be widespread and varied. For these reasons, it is common for motorcycle accident claims to have steep values that insurance companies want to fight to keep low.

Damages in your motorcycle accident claim could include:

  • Vehicle repairs
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Lost wages and income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability
  • And more

How Much Is a Motorcycle Accident Case Worth?

In general, a typical motorcycle accident lawsuit can settle for $2,500-$10,000 for minor injuries, and can sometimes settle for $100,000+ for more serious injuries. The best way to determine how much your case is worth is to reach out to you motorcycle accident lawyer at RisCassi & Davis and discuss your injuries in a free, no-obligation consultation. We can help evaluate the different factors of your case and help you determine whether or not your claim is worth pursuing.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycle accidents are in nature much more dangerous; even a "minor" accident can result in serious injuries that can affect a biker for the rest of his or her life. Some of the most common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents include:

  • Brain, spinal or back injuries
  • Road rash or other serious burns
  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Crushed limbs
  • Internal bleeding or internal organ damage
  • Pulled or torn muscles

Can I Still Recover Damages If I Wasn't Wearing a Helmet?

In most cases, if you weren't wearing a helmet at the time of your accident, that doesn't mean that you can't still pursue compensation for your injuries. This is especially true if the other party was primarily at fault for the accident. However, if you weren't wearing a helmet and you suffered serious head injuries, there's a chance that the at-fault party could argue that your injuries wouldn't have been as severe if you had been wearing a helmet. In some cases this may reduce the amount of compensation you're eligible to receive.

Motorcycle Accident Concepts You Should Know

A few important things about motorcycle accidents that you should know are:

  • Motorcycle helmet use: Motorcyclists in Connecticut do not need to wear helmets when riding unless they are a minor. However, all motorcyclists are encouraged to wear helmets at all times to drastically increase their safety.
  • Lane splitting: Connecticut has no law that legalizes lane splitting. You should not lane split because drivers in the state won’t expect you to ride between lanes to pass them.
  • Increased visibility: You should use ways to increase your visibility to other motorists, like wearing bright colors, placing reflectors on your motorcycle, using your turn signals whenever needed, and always keeping your headlight on, even during the day.

Should I Sue After a Motorcycle Accident?

Determining whether or not it's worth filing a lawsuit for your motorcycle accident can sometimes be a hard decision. You may feel that your injuries aren't serious enough to merit a trial, or you may be concerned about how much it could cost to hire a lawyer. At the end of the day, before you make a decision you should ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you know how much your injuries may be worth? This doesn't just include immediate medical treatment, but also missed work, long-term physical therapy, and even pain and suffering. A lawyer can help you determine the actual value of your case.
  2. Are you confident in your own ability to obtain a fair settlement from the insurance company? If not, you may want to consider hiring a lawyer to represent you.
  3. Do you have the time and energy it takes to navigate the lawsuit process on your own? Not only are you recovering from your injuries, but in all likelihood you haven't filed a lawsuit before. The legal process can be complicated and time-consuming, so hiring a lawyer can allow you to focus on recovering while we handle the day-to-day.

At the end of the day, if you were hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else's negligence, you should at the very least talk with an attorney in a free consultation to get their input on whether or not they think your case is worth pursuing. From there, you can make the decision yourself on what you think is best for you.

Let Us Take Your Claim & Elevate It

Two motorcycle accident claims will never be identical due to the details that go into the case. But the way a case is handled will also make it stand out from others. Make certain your case is being developed correctly and effectively by handing it to your motorcycle accident attorneys Hartford. We can manage your case as if we were representing a close friend or even ourselves!

Ready to get started on your motorcycle accident lawsuit? FREE consultations are available. Schedule one by dialing (860) 245-2412 and speaking to our motorcycle accident lawyers in Hartford.

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