Much of the appeal of riding a motorcycle to most bike enthusiasts is the feeling of freedom and the thrill of not being confined inside a vehicle. That same excitement, however, also puts motorcyclists at a higher risk of suffering a serious injury in the event of a collision. Bikers do not have the same kind of protection that a passenger of any other motor vehicle would have given the design of a motorcycle.
Motorcyclists are encouraged to take all precautions necessary to ensure their safety on Connecticut roads and highways, including wearing proper safety equipment. Despite statistics on how helmets save the lives of motorcycle accident victims, every state does not require bikers to wear helmets.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a Connecticut motorcycle accident due to the actions or negligence of another person or entity, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit in order to recover losses from crash. You may be able to receive compensation for current and future medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering and other damages related to your condition.
To begin exploring your legal options, contact our motorcycle accident attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form to the right of this page.
Motorcycle Helmet Laws
Connecticut roads and highways often see an influx of motorcyclists in the warm months of Spring and Summer. Combine the warm weather in these seasons with high gas prices, more and more Connecticut motorists are turning to motorcycles as their primary mode of transportation.
In the state of Connecticut, riders 17 years old and younger are required to wear a helmet if they are riding a motorcycle or another low-power cycle.
Across the country, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as of January 2013:
There are no motorcycle helmet use laws in three states (Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire).
Laws requiring only some motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 28 states.
Laws that require all motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
Importance of Motorcycle Helmets
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that per mile traveled, the number of fatalities on motorcycles in 2010 was about 30 times the number in cars. When compared to cars, motorcycles are an especially dangerous mode of transportation.
Statistics have proven that helmets decrease the severity of head injuries, the likelihood of death and the overall cost of medical care. The NHTSA estimates that the use of motorcycle helmets reduces the probability of a fatal accident by 37 percent. Helmets are extremely effective in preventing traumatic brain injuries, which often require extensive and expensive treatment and can result in lifelong disability.
Contact a Connecticut Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
It only takes a moment for a motorcycle accident to occur, but the effects of a wreck, especially when a rider is not wearing a helmet, can be severe and last a lifetime.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we offer free legal consultations to Connecticut motorcycle accident victims. With offices in New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, we are available to assist anyone who has suffered harm at the hands of another person or entity, whether through negligence or malicious intentions. During your consultation, a member of our team of legal professionals will review the details and merits of your claim and offer advice on how to best pursue legal and financial recourse for your condition. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to no fault of your own, we urge you to seek legal counsel as soon as possible.
To make sure that our clients are able to afford representation in their pursuit for justice, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our lawyers, there is never any cost to you until we are able to successfully obtain a favorable outcome for your claim. If we fail to do this, you do not owe us any fees.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Connecticut motorcycle accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation case evaluation with one of our attorneys, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today by completing the Free Case Review form on this page.