A negligent driver has hurt you, and now you are forced to deal with the aftermath. The New Haven motorcycle accident lawyers at Aeton Law are here to get you and your loved ones the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
Motorcycles are a popular alternative to using an automobile. Unfortunately, the joy of riding a motorcycle has the potential to turn sour very quickly. Motorcyclists are exposed to significant danger because, unlike cars, motorcycles have few safety features to protect riders from suffering severe injuries in the event of a crash. As a result, many motorcycle accident victims end up suffering significant injuries that would otherwise be minor to other automobiles.
Motorcyclists who have suffered injuries from a motorcycle accident understand the irony of being incredibly exposed on the road and yet are blamed for accidents they didn’t cause. The public perception often is that bikers are daredevils. Therefore, any motorcyclist who suffers an injury in a motorcycle accident must have gotten what he or she deserved.
The personal injury attorneys at Aeton Law understand your situation. Some of them are seasoned motorcyclists, too, and can help you identify and overcome these biases. Motorcycle accidents can happen in a considerable number of ways. However, many of these crashes are preventable, and in far many instances, they occur because of the reckless conduct or negligence of another party.
If you have suffered an injury due to a motorcycle crash in Connecticut caused by another party, you shouldn’t shoulder the fallout alone. Call the New Haven motorcycle accident lawyer of Aeton Law today at 860-785-2099 for a free case review.
- 1 How Can A New Haven Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help With My Compensation Claim?
- 2 What Are The Leading Causes Of Motorcycle Collisions In Connecticut?
- 3 Connecticut Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- 4 What Are The Motorcycle Specific Laws In Connecticut?
- 5 What Are The Most Common Injuries Seen In motorcycle-related Accidents?
- 6 How Is Fault Determined In A New Haven, Connecticut Motorcycle Accident?
- 7 What Type Of Compensation Can Motorcycle Victims Receive In Connecticut?
- 8 Why Was My Motorcycle Accident Claim Denied?
- 9 Are There Time Limits In Connecticut For Filing A Motorcycle Accident Claim?
- 10 Get The Expert Legal Help You Need Now!
How Can A New Haven Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help With My Compensation Claim?
At Aeton Law, our New Haven motorcycle accident lawyers are focused on getting results for injured motorcyclists. We understand the biases that bikers face and take an aggressive approach to cover all the bases in your case. In addition to our “contingency” or “no win no fee” payment agreement, our lawyers are committed to helping you with your claim and adding value in the form of recovering maximum financial compensation. We will:
Prepare and file your claim
After meeting with our attorneys, they will work on your behalf, interview witnesses, conduct investigations, consult experts, and prepare crucial evidence to present your case. Work with experts, including medical and financial experts and accident reconstruction experts, to create a claim that fully accounts for your injuries and losses. Take care of the paperwork and handle all procedural requirements for lodging your claim.
Negotiate with the insurance company:
We will negotiate with defense lawyers and insurance companies to get you maximum compensation.
Trial preparation & representation
If no agreement is reached, our legal team is ready to advocate fiercely for your rights and fight aggressively for the fair compensation you deserve in court.
What Are The Leading Causes Of Motorcycle Collisions In Connecticut?
Contrary to what many believe, most motorcycle crashes are not caused by bikers. Tragically, motorcyclists, no matter how cautious they are, are simply more vulnerable than other motorists. According to recent data (2019) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 40 fatalities in Connecticut in motorcycle-related accidents.
The following are some of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents:
Many motorcycle crashes are caused by distracted driving. While most bikers are the most cautious road users, the same cannot be said for other motorists. Besides, motorcycles are just simply hard to see, and a distracted driver may make an unexpected left-handed turn without noticing a motorcycle and causing an accident.
Drunk Driving And Driving While Intoxicated
Motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes often have higher impairment percentages.
Failure To Pay Attention To Motorcyclists
Motorcycles are smaller in size than other vehicles, which may create issues with visibility. Drivers often tend to look for other trucks or cars on the road and may not even see an oncoming motorcycle.
Unexpected Pedestrians On The Road
It’s not always the biker’s or other driver’s fault. Motorcyclists also need to pay attention to pedestrians and have a ‘sixth sense’ when predicting other road users’ actions.
Faulty Motorcycle Components/Parts
Having a properly maintained motorcycle on the road is always important. A minor malfunction or faulty part can cause your bike to throw you or crash into oncoming traffic, causing a fatal accident.
Speeding & Misjudging Speed
Traveling at high speed can reduce the reaction time and increase the braking distance in which a biker has to react and brake. Additionally, most motorists underestimate the speed of an oncoming motorcycle.
Other common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Road hazards
- Inexperienced motorists
- Car doors opening
- Drivers failing to yield to bikers
- Drivers following too closely behind motorcyclists
- Failure to adjust driving for heavy traffic, rural roads, or bad weather
All road users in Connecticut have a responsibility to use and share the road safely with motorcyclists. If another motorist acts negligently or without regard to your safety, they can be held liable for the harm their reckless driving has caused.
Connecticut Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycles are small and far less crashworthy than automobiles. Also, motorbikes are less visible to other road users and less stable than a four-wheel vehicle. Bikers and their passengers are also more vulnerable to hazardous road conditions and bad weather than drivers in closed automobiles.
According to recent data from the Connecticut Crash Data Respiratory, there were 3,516 crashes involving motorcycles from Jan 2018 to Jan 2021 – out of these, 133 accidents were fatal. In 2019 alone, 46 individuals lost their lives in a motorcycle accident, and over 50% (28) of the victims were involved in an unhelmeted crash.
What Are The Motorcycle Specific Laws In Connecticut?
For those planning to lodge a motorcycle claim or injury lawsuit in Connecticut, it’s advised to be familiar with the local motorcycle-specific laws in advance. Here’s what you should know:
Getting A License
All motorcyclists under the age of 18 must take a beginner’s DMV-approved bike training course. To qualify for a motorcyclist’s permit in Connecticut, you must have already earned your driver’s license. Also, extra restrictions have been put in place, including riding alone without passengers, riding only on state roads during daylight hours.
No multi-lane highways, local roads only. Ride with state-appropriate motorcycle safety gear – for riders below the age of 18, this includes a helmet and vision protection. From here, you must take the written and practical riding tests to get an endorsement.
The Motorcyclist’s Gear
Unless a motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen, the state requires all bikers to have eye protection of some kind, such as goggles.
For many years Connecticut required all under 18 riders and riders with an instruction permit (even if over 18) to wear a helmet. However, as of 2019, the mandatory helmet requirement age is 21.
Motorcycle Design Laws
Any motorcycle handlebars must fall no higher than the rider’s shoulders. Connecticut considers anything above this set limit to be illegal. Mufflers are also a must-have and cannot be louder than the OEM version that came with your bike. There are also specific bike design laws if your bike was built after 1979.
Behavior On The Road
A motorbike rider shall be entitled to the full use of a single traffic lane, but the driving of two or more bikes abreast in a single lane is prohibited. Lane splitting is illegal.
All Connecticut motorcycle-related laws can be found in Connecticut General Statutes Title Chapter 246 Section 14-40a.
Motorcycle accidents often involve extremely violent crashes in which riders are either thrown from their bikes at high speeds or crushed by other vehicles causing fatal injuries. The lack of sufficient safety features means that even a minor crash can result in catastrophic injuries. Several characteristics of a motorcycle and other factors leave motorcyclists prone to injury. Below are reasons why riders are ere prone to severe injuries:
- Riders are exposed to direct impact between their bodies and other vehicles or the pavement
- Motorbikes are not as stable as four-wheel vehicles
- Motorcycles are lighter and smaller than other vehicles and hence more susceptible to a lighter impact leading to more significant damage
- Due to the size and low profile, motorbikes lack the visibility of other vehicles. For this reason, other motorists may fail to notice motorcycles and fail to yield, follow them too closely, cut them off, open their doors into them, or otherwise cause a crash with a motorcycle.
As a result, it’s not uncommon for motorcycle accident victims to suffer severe injuries. Even a relatively low impact crash or at low speeds, those involved in a motorcycle accident are unlikely to walk away unscathed. Motorcycle designs simply do not provide the type of physical shield offered by automobiles. A motorcycle crash can cause:
- Head And Brain Injuries: These are the leading cause of death when it comes to bike-related accidents.
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI): Injuries to the spinal column occur in most motorcycle accidents and can be paralyzing and even life-threatening.
- Broken Bones: Considering that most riders are thrown off their bike, fractured and broken bones are very common in motorcycle-related collisions and can lead to permanent disfigurement.
- Road Rash: When a motorcyclist has to swerve to avoid a crash, he or she is likely to suffer “road rash” – scraping their body along the pavement. Even at very low speeds, road rash leads to severe abrasions that often require skin grafting to prevent nerve damage and infections.
How Is Fault Determined In A New Haven, Connecticut Motorcycle Accident?
Connecticut handles motorcycle accident claims using the at-fault system. That means that motorcycle accident victims must seek compensation for their injuries and other losses from the at-fault driver’s insurance.
The state uses the modified comparative negligence law to settle injury claims, including motorcycle accident cases. That means if a victim is more than 50% or more responsible for a crash, he or she is barred from collecting damages from the other driver.
Determining fault for motorcycle accidents can be complicated, especially when multiple parties could be held accountable for the crash. Other parties that might be financially liable after your motorcycle accident in New Haven, Connecticut include:
- A property owner who has somehow obstructed the road
- The manufacturer of a defective motorcycle component
- A govt agency
- The Connecticut transportation agencies
What Type Of Compensation Can Motorcycle Victims Receive In Connecticut?
Serious financial implications are common for motorcycle accident victims. If you suffered injuries in a motorbike crash, you might be struggling even to pay household bills; let alone medical bills. Our New Haven motorcycle accident lawyers have the skills and dedication to make sure you recover compensation for the full extent of the damages or injuries you suffered. We fight to win maximum compensation for all damages, including:
- Economic Damages: Any financial losses or implications, including lost wages (due to missed work or loss of future earning capacity) and any costs related to treating your injuries, such as cost for medical devices, hospital bills, in-home care, and physical therapy.
- Non-Economic Damages: Any non-monetary losses, including pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress.
- Punitive Damages: These are usually awarded in cases involving grossly negligent at-fault parties.
Why Was My Motorcycle Accident Claim Denied?
Insurance companies cannot miss to put up a fight, especially when severe injuries are involved. Having an experienced and reliable New Haven motorcycle accident lawyer by your side can reduce the odds of your claim getting denied and help you recover maximum compensation for your injuries.
Below are some under-the-belt excuses that insurance companies may give for denying your claim:
- There are lapses in time between the motorcycle accident and when you sought treatment
- Unlicensed driving
- You didn’t check your claim coverage, and your policy has lapsed or was canceled
- Refuting causation and claiming that your injuries were caused by a pre-existing condition or were not caused by the accident
- Extent of injury denial where the insurance company claims that the victim’s injuries are not as severe as they claim
- Denial of fault: Insurance companies may try to deny your claim by claiming you were at fault
There are many reasons an insurance company can deny your claim. Dealing with these denials may be daunting to individuals that are forced to suffer through injury. Luckily, with a skilled lawyer’s aid, reaching a settlement early and obtaining the full compensation owed to you is possible.
Are There Time Limits In Connecticut For Filing A Motorcycle Accident Claim?
As outlined by the Connecticut General Statute § 52-284, motorcycle accident victims have two years to lodge their compensation claims.
While exceptions apply, from a strategic point of view, it’s always best to act quickly – particularly if you believe issues of fault will arise. Whichever the case, speak to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.
Get The Expert Legal Help You Need Now!
In the blink of an eye, a motorcycle accident can turn your life upside down. The physical, emotional, and financial repercussions of the crash could stretch from a few weeks to years. Besides, in addition to mounting medical bills, pain, and suffering from severe injuries and loss of income, you have to fight against biases and prove that you were not at fault. Our New Haven car accident lawyers are experienced in fighting for riders who suffered injuries because of negligent drivers.
Call our office at 860-785-2099 to get a free initial consultation with skilled, friendly, and professional motorcycle accident lawyers. Let us fight for your financial recovery so you can focus on your health.