Middletown Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Filing a Motorcycle Accident Injury Claim
Although any motorist faces certain risks every time they get behind the wheel, motorcyclists have a disproportionate risk of being severely injured or killed in collisions with other vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists were statistically about 29 times more likely to die in motor vehicle accidents than occupants of passenger vehicles, such as cars, in 2019.
At RisCassi & Davis, P.C., we recognize the risks motorcyclists face every day on the road. We also understand the many challenges they face when it comes to filing injury claims and recovering the fair compensation they are owed. Our Middletown motorcycle accident lawyers are dedicated to helping injured bikers and the families of those wrongfully killed in fatal collisions secure the justice they deserve. We have been proudly representing clients throughout Connecticut for more than 65 years and have recovered millions of dollars for the injured.
If you or your loved one was involved in a motorcycle accident in Middletown or the nearby areas, call RisCassi & Davis, P.C. at (860) 245-2412 for a free consultation today.
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- Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- Who Is Liable for Motorcycle Accidents?
- Motorcycle Accident Injuries
- Book a Free Consultation
What Is the Most Common Cause of Motorcycle Accidents?
While there are many factors that play a role in motorcycle collisions, negligence in general is the most common cause of these accidents. All too often, careless, distracted, and reckless drivers cause devastating accidents—often with deadly results.
Motorist negligence takes many forms; some common examples include:
- Distracted driving, including cellphone use/texting
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Speeding, including driving too fast for current conditions
- Violating traffic laws or rules of the road
- Failing to check for motorcyclists in vehicle blind spots
- Failing to check for motorcyclists before changing lanes, turning, or opening car doors
- Driving while fatigued and falling asleep at the wheel
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Unsafe or illegal turns, merging, and lane changes
Sometimes, motorcycle accidents result not from the negligence of another driver but the carelessness of a third party. For example, a municipal entity that fails to properly maintain city roads could be liable for a motorcycle accident caused by uneven roadways or potholes. If an auto manufacturer designs a defective vehicle or produces a vehicle with faulty parts, leading to a crash, that manufacturer could be legally responsible for the victims’ resulting damages.
At RisCassi & Davis, P.C., our motorcycle accident attorneys in Middletown work with accident reconstructionists and other industry experts to determine the true cause of a crash. This allows us to identify the liable party and bring a powerful, evidence-based claim for compensation.
Who Is Liable for a Motorcycle Accident?
Connecticut is one of many states to follow a traditional, fault-based auto insurance system. Under this system, an injured accident victim must prove the other party’s fault and bring a claim against their insurance provider in order to receive compensation. As such, determining who was at fault and, therefore, liable for an accident is critical to your recovery.
Most often, the liable party is the one who actually caused the accident. So, if you were rear-ended while riding by someone who was distracted and following too closely, you would likely have a claim against that driver’s insurance company. If multiple parties were at fault, you could have multiple claims.
Under Connecticut’s modified comparative negligence rule, you could even have a claim for compensation if you were partly at fault for the crash. As long as you were less than 51 percent to blame, you can seek compensation for your damages. However, the amount you are seeking in damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
Because insurance adjusters are the ones responsible for assigning blame after an accident, it is very important that you work with an attorney if you have been deemed partly at fault. Often, insurance adjusters will assign a greater degree of blame on motorcyclists, believing them to be inherently dangerous drivers. At RisCassi & Davis, P.C., we know that this is not the case. Our attorneys can help prove that the other driver was at fault, even if that means taking your case to trial.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Unfortunately, motorcyclists are at risk of severe or even catastrophic injury when they are involved in accidents with larger, heavier vehicles. Even when they wear approved motorcycle helmets and other safety gear, riders frequently sustain debilitating, life-altering injuries as a result of these collisions.
Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Broken bones/fractures
- Friction burns/road rash
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Soft tissue damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Amputation/loss of limb
- Facial injuries
- Head, neck, and back injuries
Treating motorcycle accident injuries can be painful, time consuming, and exorbitantly expensive. Victims may require hospitalization and weeks, months, or even years of ongoing care. They may be temporarily unable to return to work as they heal, and some will never be able to earn a living for themselves or their families again.
All of this can lead to immense pain and suffering. At RisCassi & Davis, P.C., we believe that injured accident victims should not have to deal with the aftermath of a serious motorcycle accident on their own. Our attorneys are ready to fight to hold the negligent party accountable and seek the maximum compensation you are owed.
Contact RisCassi & Davis, P.C. for a Free Consultation
Getting back on your feet after a serious motorcycle accident can be rife with challenges, but our team is here to help you every step of the way. Our Middletown motorcycle accident attorneys can provide the personalized and compassionate counsel you need, as well as the aggressive legal advocacy you deserve. We have a long, proven record of success, including many million- and multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients.
There are no costs to you unless we win your case. Reach out to us today to schedule a free initial consultation and case review.
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