Hartford Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Call Us After Being in a Wipeout
You 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
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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
After 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:
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.
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.
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
Ready to get started on your motorcycle accident lawsuit?
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(860) 245-2412 and speaking to our motorcycle accident lawyers in Hartford.