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.
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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.
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 that have been stored 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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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 names, 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.
A motorcycle accident can often cause serious property damage and a number of injuries. Victims of motorcycle accidents may face accident-related expenses including:
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 an 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.
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.
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.