More often than not, motorcycle accidents are caused by inattentive motorists. Motorists who don’t operate their car with the same awareness of a motorcyclist, and the results can be tragic.
We understand the grief and anger when an accident is not your fault as a motorcyclist, and if you are inquiring on behalf or a loved one or friend, we understand this difficult time for you as well.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fact remains that motorcyclists are about 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash, and 5 times more likely to be injured.
This means that 56 out of every 100,000 registered motorcyclists will be involved in a fatal crash.
Connecticut Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
For the most part, motorcyclists are vigilant drivers. They have to be on the lookout for other drivers, usually motorists who are distracted or breaking the law. Additionally, the conditions of the road and weather play equal parts in a person’s ability to handle a bike.
Faulty parts and poor maintenance may also cause a motorcycle wreck. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to improper maintenance, this is not an uncommon problem. Motorcycles which have been storied during the winter months are often not properly checked or services prior to riding on a nice day in the Spring.
If you suffer the misfortune of experiencing a serious motorcycle wreck, having a personal injury attorney on your side may help ease the emotional, physical and financial pain you’re currently facing. Our lawyers can handle all the calls, paperwork, and other necessary legal items so you can focus on healing and your complete recovery.
When you need aggressive representation, The Flood Law Firm is committed to helping accident victims in Connecticut get the help they need. We offer 100% free consultations, which are confidential, and if you chose to not pursue a claim there is no obligation.
Dangers of Riding in Connecticut
Data put together by the Connecticut Department of Transportation shows that in a 10-year period, the number of motorcycle accidents reached a spike with more than 11,000 reported incidents in a single year. On average, 300 fatalities were reported year after year.
Motorcycle accidents, like any motor vehicle accidents, often occur due to:
- Congested traffic
- Intoxicated drivers
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Poor weather conditions
- Road Construction
What may be considered a minor collision in a car, such as a fender bender, can have more serious results when it involves a motorcycle due to the difference in its size and weight.
5 Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The reason motorcycle accident injuries tend to be more severe than injuries sustained in a passenger car collision should be self-evident. A car has built-in safety features and a huge metal frame to help protect the occupant. A motorcycle relies solely on a metal and fiberglass frame, a powerful engine and two wheels.
Common motorcycle injuries include:
- Road Rash – Any skin-to-surface contact in a motorcycle crash can result in road rash. If not properly treated, these wounds can lead to serious infections, such as staph infection and septic shock.
- Head Injuries – Any blunt force to the skull can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Symptoms of TBI may range from mild to severe and include headaches, blurred vision, nausea, and loss of consciousness. A severe TBI can have long-term effects on the memory, the ability to concentrate or perform tasks and personality changes.
Safety Tip: The NHTSA estimates helmets to be 37% effective in preventing TBI or death. This means for every 100 riders not wearing their helmet during a fatal crash, 37 of them could have survived if they chose to wear one. When riding a motorcycle remember to always wear your helmet.
- Broken Bones – When a motorcyclist is flying towards the ground at a rapid speed, the first instinct is usually to throw up the hands and arms to protect the face, resulting in fractured or broken bones. Meanwhile, the weight from any oncoming vehicle could snap femurs, splinter shins and crush ankles.
- Spinal Injuries – The thoracic spine, or middle to lower half of the back, is the most commonly injured area of the spine in a motorcycle accident. However, any region of the back may be injured in a bike wreck. Spinal injuries range from slipped or pinched vertebrae to complete paraplegia.
- Muscle and Nerve Damage –Minor injuries, such as sprains, strains, and tears typically take a few weeks to recover from. Severe nerve damage could require years of physical therapy or surgical intervention to fully heal.
Truthfully, in any collision between two vehicles, injuries may be catastrophic. Medical care for even minor injuries can be costly, and having to miss time off from work to heal may add to your frustration.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, please seek medical attention immediately. Even when wearing safety gear, any impact can cause injuries unseen, and what may be considered only pain may be a greater problem. Protect your health first, then contact us about protecting your rights.
If you are not severely injured and have a smartphone handy, document the scene of the accident by taking photographs. Snap photos of any injuries, property damage, streets and landmarks where the accident occurred.
Locate any witnesses and take down their name, address, and phone number. Your insurance adjuster or attorney can collect their statement to help support your claim.
Write down everything you can remember about your accident, including the time of day, conditions of the road and how the crash occurred. Keep an injury diary, listing the details of your injury (type of injury, where it is on the body, etc.) and dates of treatment.
How to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim
A motorcycle accident can often cause serious property damage and a number of injuries. Victims of motorcycle accidents may face accident-related expenses including:
- Emergency response and room costs
- Medical care
- Physical therapy and additional follow-up care
- Wages lost from not being able to work
In more severe cases, motorcyclists involved in a collision may experience brain injuries, permanent disability and death.
It’s common to reach out to the insurance carrier immediately after injury. Keeping notes, an injury log and the contact information for witnesses will assist you greatly when filing a motorcycle accident claim.
Please keep in mind that most insurance policies have settlement limits for bodily and property damage. This amount may not be enough to cover the total cost of your injuries, especially severe, life-altering ones, such as TBI or paraplegia. A motorcycle accident attorney can help fight for the compensation to cover your expenses and help you get back on track.
The Importance of a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
A motorcycle accident attorney knows the kind of research it takes to reach the best possible outcome for clients.
We have the legal expertise and background to make sure no details of your case are missed.
There are many parts to a motorcycle accident claim with several parties often involved. It takes dedicated time and effort, which The Flood Law Firm has the capabilities to handle.
We Advocate for Your Rights
The Flood Law Firm has experience handling traffic collisions of every magnitude. We know the safety regulations and laws as they pertain to motorcyclists, and we have access to resources and information to put together a successful claim on your behalf.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a motorcycle crash, contact a Connecticut motorcycle accident attorney today. We are here to help.