New Haven Bicycle Accident Lawyers
If you suffered serious injuries or if your loved one was killed in a bicycle accident caused by another party’s negligence in the New Haven area, it is in your best interest to quickly retain legal counsel. You could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Many bicycle crash victims face severe injuries that require lengthy terms of initial hospitalization as well as several months of rehabilitation. During this recovery, many people are unable to return to work.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. Our New Haven bicycle accident attorneys have experience handling complex accident claims and helping victims recover all of the compensation they are entitled to. Following any kind of bike crash, you want to make sure that you immediately seek legal representation for assistance managing your multiple concerns. Call 1-800-PERKINS or (203) 397-1283 if you live outside Connecticut to schedule a free consultation that will allow our New Haven injury lawyers to review your case and answer all of your legal questions.
Do I Need A Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
Following most any bike accident involving a motor vehicle, you will likely be contacted soon after by an insurance company for the negligent driver. You will want an attorney representing you during these conversations. Make no mistake, many insurers are going to look for any way possible to claim that a bicyclist was at fault. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this mission is to have a very friendly agent get a victim to unknowingly admit to responsibility during recorded phone calls.
In some cases, insurance companies may offer proposed settlements. You should know that these initial settlements are almost always “lowball” offers that are far less than what you are entitled to. Bike accident injuries frequently result in a lifetime of additional costs for victims, and a lawyer will be able to negotiate a settlement that covers all of your past, present, and future needs. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers will fight to help you recover all of the compensation you are entitled to.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins has more than three decades of legal experience. In addition to being admitted to state courts in Connecticut and New York, he is also admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Mr. Perkins is a member of numerous prestigious legal organizations, including the New Haven County Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Connecticut Bar Association. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers received the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015.
Some of our recent bicycle accident cases have included $2.1 million recovered for a woman who suffered severe head injuries when she fell off her bicycle. Our firm understands the multiple ways in which bike crash injuries can impact a victim’s life, which is why we work tirelessly to help these people get justice.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents clients on a contingency fee basis, which means you are not charged any fees unless you receive a monetary award. You can take advantage of a no cost, no obligation consultation when you call 1-800-PERKINS or (203) 397-1283 if you live outside Connecticut.
Types of Bicycle Accident Cases We Handle
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers regularly handles many different kinds of bike crash cases. Some of the most common types typically include, but are not limited to:
- Distracted Driving — Motorists who are preoccupied with cell phones or engaged in other distracting behavior are much more likely to collide with bicyclists.
- Operating Under the Influence (OUI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) — Drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol frequently commit a number of unexpected behaviors that endanger bicyclists and other people.
- Speeding — Motorists operating in violation of posted speed limits do not have the necessary reaction time and stopping distance when encountering bicycles.
- Reckless Driving — Connecticut General Statute § 14-222 establishes that a person commits a reckless driving offense when they drive at more than 85 miles per hour, at a speed that endangers the life of any other person, or in a manner that knowingly places others at significant risk of injury.
- Other Traffic Violations — Many bike accidents stem from other violations of local traffic laws, such as failure to obey traffic signals or traffic control devices.
- “Dooring” — When a motor vehicle occupant opens the door to an automobile right in the path an oncoming bicyclist, the collision it causes is usually referred to as a dooring accident.
Not every bicycle crash involves a motor vehicle. Some bicyclists may be injured as the result of mechanical issues with their bikes and parts manufacturers could be liable if a component was defective or a maintenance company may be responsible if a bike was improperly repaired.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bicycle Accidents
If you’ve been hurt in a bike accident in Connecticut, you likely have many questions about your rights and what legal action you can take. We’re here to help answer your questions in person, so contact us as soon as possible for help. We have also provided the answers to a few frequently asked questions below:
What bicycle laws does Connecticut have?
Bicyclists traveling on roadways have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists under Connecticut state law. This means bicyclists are required to stop at red lights and make a full stops at stop signs. Bicyclists are prohibited from riding on the right side of the road into oncoming traffic. Motorists must provide a minimum of three feet of separation when passing a bicyclist or when emerging from driveways and alleys. During nighttime and times of low visibility, bicyclists are required to use a front light visible from 500 feet, a rear red reflector or light visible from 600 feet, and reflective material on the bike visible from 600 feet on each side.
How long do I have to file a bicycle accident claim?
Under Connecticut General Statute § 52-584, a person has two years from the date of an accident to file a legal claim. A victim should not delay in seeking legal representation in these cases, as some accidents require extensive investigations.
Can I sue a governmental entity for dangerous roadway conditions?
When you intend to sue a governmental entity, a different statute of limitations usually comes into effect. You must notify a city or county in Connecticut of your intent to sue within six months. Common law sovereign immunity prohibits the state from being sued for negligence without its consent, and Connecticut General Statute § 4-148 establishes that the state claims commissioner must be notified of a claim against the state within one year of an accident.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to the 2015 Connecticut Crash Facts Book, three bicyclists were killed in bicycle crashes in Connecticut that year. Bicyclists suffered 53 suspected serious injuries, 257 suspected minor injuries, and 127 possible injuries.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that more than 1,000 bicyclists were killed and there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries nationally in 2015. The CDC states that while bicycle trips only account for 1 percent of all trips in the United States, bicyclists have a higher risk of crash related injury and deaths than motor vehicle occupants.
According to a 2009 Connecticut Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Update, more than half of all bicycle crashes in 2005, 2006, and 2007 occurred on local roads. State routes were the second-most common location, as high as one-third of accidents in 2006, and between 11 and 14 percent of bike crashes for those three years occurred on United States Routes in Connecticut.
Contact a New Haven Bicycle Accident Attorney Today
Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a bike crash caused by another party’s negligence in Connecticut? Do not delay, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today.
Our firm will fight to help you recover every last dollar of compensation that you are entitled to. You can have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call 1-800-PERKINS or (203) 397-1283 if you live outside Connecticut, or contact us online to set up a free consultation.