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.
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.
(860) 245-2412 or submit an
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