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Danbury Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Were you in a motorcycle accident in Danbury? You have legal rights to recover compensation if someone else was at fault. At The Flood Law Firm, our Danbury motorcycle accident lawyers work hard to get our clients the money they need for their medical bills, lost income, and more. Contact us today for a free consultation about your rights and how we can protect them.

Why Turn to The Flood Law Firm for Help After a Motorcycle Accident in Danbury?

Best Law Firm 2023At The Flood Law Firm, our Danbury motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the interests of riders injured due to the negligence of other motorists.

Accident victims in Danbury and throughout Connecticut choose us to help them with their injury claims because:

  • We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our deserving clients.
  • We have a reputation with the insurance companies for getting results. Our track record of success inside and outside the courtroom helps us get insurance companies to settle for more.
  • We have extensive litigation experience and will not hesitate to file a lawsuit or go to trial in a client’s case.
  • We take the pressure off our clients during difficult times, handling every aspect of their case so they can focus on their physical and emotional recovery.
  • Our firm has the extensive resources and staff necessary to take on big insurance companies.
  • We represent motorcycle accident victims on a contingency fee basis, which means they only pay if we recover compensation in a settlement or verdict.

Our firm is also ready to help other lawyers with difficult motorcycle accident cases. If you are an injury lawyer needing help with a complex motorcycle accident case or practice in another area of the law and don’t regularly handle these claims, call us or contact us online.

How Our Danbury Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Will Help With Your Case

Maximizing your financial recovery after a motorcycle accident can involve a lengthy claims process.

Turn to the Danbury motorcycle accident attorneys at The Flood Law Firm to take care of every stage of your case, including:

  • Investigating the accident to secure evidence for your case
  • Identifying the driver or drivers at fault for the crash and other parties who may have liability for your injuries
  • Identifying available insurance coverages
  • Calculating your ongoing and future anticipated losses from the accident
  • Discussing your legal options, answering your questions, and explaining what to expect in the claims process
  • Drafting and filing insurance claims and demand letters
  • Vigorously advocating for your interests in negotiations with insurance adjusters and defense lawyers for a settlement
  • Going to court or trial if litigation will give you the best chance at recovering maximum compensation for your injuries

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Danbury Motorcycle Accident LawyerMany motorcycle accidents occur due to the negligence of other motorists.

Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving, including excessive speed or swerving around traffic
  • Aggressive driving/road rage
  • Tailgating/following too closely
  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Failing to move over to the adjacent lane when passing a motorcycle
  • Not giving the entire width of the traffic lane to a motorcycle
  • Not using turn signals or mirrors when changing lanes, turning, or backing up
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Distracted driving, especially using a cell phone while driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Driver inexperience

Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle riders face a significant risk of injury in a crash since they don’t have the protections provided by passenger vehicles, such as crumple zones, seat belts, and airbags.

As a result, riders can suffer a wide range of injuries in an accident, such as:

  • Lacerations
  • Perforation injuries
  • Abrasions
  • Degloving injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Burns
  • Crush injuries
  • Dislocated joints
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle/tendon strains
  • Herniated spinal discs
  • Facial injuries
  • Eye injuries and vision or hearing loss
  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Internal injuries and bleeding
  • Traumatic amputation, limb loss, or dismemberment

Danbury Motorcycle Accidents Statistics

According to the Connecticut Crash Data Repository, Connecticut had 1,264 motorcycle crashes statewide in one recent year.

Of these:

  • 41 involved fatalities
  • 237 involved suspected severe injuries
  • 511 involved suspected minor injuries

Danbury had 21 motorcycle accidents, including five crashes with suspected severe injuries and six with suspected minor injuries.

What Makes Motorcycle Accident Claims Different From Other Auto Accidents?

Injured motorcyclists often face unique obstacles when pursuing compensation, such as:

  • Motorcyclists can suffer serious injuries. Riders frequently suffer life-altering injuries in motorcycle accidents since they have no protection beyond a helmet or riding leathers. Serious injuries can complicate the claims process, as a motorcyclist may need to finish a lengthy course of treatment before they can calculate their losses and pursue a compensation claim.
  • At-fault drivers may lack sufficient liability insurance. Connecticut requires drivers to carry bodily injury liability insurance of at least $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. Many drivers only have the minimum required coverage, which may not fully compensate a motorcycle rider who has suffered severe injuries. Riders may need to pursue other options for obtaining financial resources for recovery.
  • Drivers and insurers may rely on motorcycle operator stereotypes to shift blame for the crash. At-fault drivers and insurance companies may try to avoid liability for a motorcycle accident by relying on biases or stereotypes about motorcycle riders to claim the injured rider caused the crash. Drivers may assert that a motorcyclist sped or recklessly operated their motorcycle. When they do, the injured motorcyclist may need to gather additional evidence to prove that the accident happened due to the driver’s negligence.

How Do We Prove Liability for Your Motorcycle Accident?

Successful claims require strong evidence.

As they build your case, our lawyers may rely on:

  • Accident scene photos and videos
  • Police crash reports
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Surveillance/traffic camera footage
  • Dashcam or helmet cam footage
  • Vehicle event data recorder (“black box”) logs
  • Driver cell phone records
  • Post-crash drug/alcohol testing
  • Post-accident vehicle inspections
  • Accident reconstruction expert reports

At-fault drivers and insurance companies sometimes blame a rider for the motorcycle accident, arguing that it was their fault or that they failed to take proper precautions. Refuting these tactics may necessitate additional evidence, so work with a lawyer from the beginning.

Your Financial Recovery Options After a Motorcycle Accident

Depending on the motorcycle accident, you may have several avenues for pursuing compensation, including:

  • Filing a liability claim against the at-fault driver/drivers. You have the right to pursue a legal claim against the driver or drivers who hit you, presuming they are at fault for the crash. Drivers must have liability insurance that compensates you for your injuries and property damage.
  • Filing claims against other liable parties. Other parties may also have liability for your injuries, including a manufacturer of a defective auto part or the employer of someone operating within the scope of their employment at the time of an accident.
  • Your own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. You likely purchased uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage in your motorcycle policy. Uninsured/underinsured coverage may apply if the at-fault driver doesn’t have liability insurance, their policy limit won’t cover all your losses, or the driver flees the accident scene.
  • Your medical payments insurance policy. This optional coverage can compensate you for medical expenses.

Compensation Available in Motorcycle Accident Cases

Financial recovery from a motorcycle accident should compensate you for the expenses or losses you incurred due to the crash.

Let The Flood Law Firm fight to get you money for your:

  • Motorcycle repairs or reimbursement of your motorcycle’s value if the insurance company declares it totaled
  • Repair or replacement of other damaged property, such as your clothing and motorcycle helmet
  • Medical treatment and rehabilitation, including emergency care, hospitalization, surgeries, pain medication, and physical/occupational therapy
  • Long-term care for permanent disabilities, including home health services, housekeeping assistance, or purchases of medical/mobility equipment
  • Loss of income from missed work or reduced earnings in a light/modified duty position
  • Loss of future earning potential and job benefits after becoming permanently disabled from work
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment and quality of life caused by disabilities or visible scarring and disfigurement

What Do You Need to Do After a Motorcycle Accident?

You can protect your legal rights to financial recovery after a motorcycle accident and put yourself in a better position for your case if you:

  • Report the accident to law enforcement.
  • Get the driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance information.
  • Take photos of the accident scene, including damage to the vehicles in the crash, visible injuries you suffered, skid marks on the road, road lines, traffic signs/signals, and visual obstructions for motorists. After a bad motorcycle accident crash, you may go straight to the hospital by ambulance without the chance to complete these tasks. Call us as soon as possible so we can do them for you.
  • See a doctor as soon as possible to examine your injuries.
  • Follow your treating provider’s instructions, and do not put off treatment for your injuries.
  • Gather bills, invoices, and receipts of expenses you incurred due to the accident. Find your pay stubs or income statements if you miss time from work or earn less due to your injuries.
  • Reach out to a Danbury motorcycle accident lawyer from The Flood Law Firm promptly after the crash to begin a claim to secure the financial compensation you need for your recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents

Here are answers to some questions our clients frequently ask us about their Danbury motorcycle accident claims.

How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?

Connecticut’s statute of limitations on motorcycle accident lawsuits under Connecticut General Statutes Section 52-584 gives you two years from an accident to file a lawsuit. Filing suit after the statute of limitations expires on your claim may mean the permanent dismissal of your case and the loss of your right to recover compensation from the at-fault driver and insurance companies.

In addition, if a government employee strikes you, the law requires you to submit a notice of your claim to the appropriate government agency. You may have less than two years to file your claim, based on the government agency involved in your case.

Speak to a Danbury motorcycle accident lawyer from The Flood Law Firm as soon as possible to ensure you timely file your case.

Can I File a Legal Claim for a Motorcycle Accident I Partly Caused?

Connecticut’s comparative negligence law permits you to recover compensation for an accident if you partially caused it. However, your blame will reduce the compensation you can recover. At The Flood Law Firm, our Danbury motorcycle accident lawyers know how to argue down our clients’ share of the blame and maximize their compensation.

How Long Will It Take Me to Recover Compensation in My Motorcycle Accident Claim?

Each motorcycle accident case has a different timeline. Some cases settle in a few months, while others can take a couple of years to resolve at trial.

Factors that may influence the duration of your motorcycle accident claim include:

  • The type and severity of your injuries and permanent disabilities
  • The timeline of your medical recovery
  • Whether you miss time from work or become permanently disabled from your job or other employment
  • The availability of insurance coverage and the coverage limits of applicable policies
  • The number of other people injured in the accident
  • The number of liable parties and whether any of them contest their share of liability
  • Whether you bear any responsibility for causing the accident
  • The complexity of the evidence in the case
  • The skill and resources of your legal counsel
  • Whether you need to pursue your claims in court and the trial court’s schedule

Contact The Flood Law Firm for a Free Case Evaluation To Learn More About Your Legal Options After a Motorcycle Accident

Brian M. Flood

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer, Brian Flood

Did a motorcycle accident in Danbury hurt you? Did someone else cause the crash? Then they owe you money for the harm they caused you, and The Flood Law Firm wants to recover it for you. Reach out to a personal injury lawyer.

Call us today at (203) 448-2631 or fill out the contact form on our website for a free, no-obligation consultation with our dedicated Danbury motorcycle accident attorneys. We look forward to hearing from you and telling you how we can help you.

The Flood Law Firm – Danbury Office

1 Moss Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810