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Bridgeport – Child Injured By Motorcyclist

A child was injured by a hit-and-run motorcyclist in Bridgeport last Friday.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Lexington and Harral Avenues a few minutes after 6:00 p.m. A child riding a bike was hit by a blue motorcycle at the intersection. Instead of stopping, the motorcycle rider left the accident scene, traveling east on Harral Avenue. Emergency crews quickly arrived at the scene and assisted the victim. The child sustained injuries but was in stable condition. Authorities are investigating the incident and looking for the suspect.

Injuries caused by negligence can, under appropriate circumstances, entitle victims to damages/compensation. Instances of hit-and-run only strengthen these cases. It pays to take note of these accidents so that we know what our legal options are if ever our loved ones are involved in similar incidents.

If you or someone you care about was injured in an accident, you may need help navigating the complex challenges of paying for your medical bills, recouping your lost wages, and regaining your quality of life. The Connecticut attorneys with Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you through this process, working to hold the responsible party accountable for the pain and suffering you have had to endure. Call 800-PERKINS for a free consultation with a lawyer today.

Note: Our blog reports on a variety of sensitive stories with the goal of raising awareness of accidents and the repercussions they can have. We use real news articles as our sources. Should a story be updated or a post on our site be inaccurate, please let us know so we can update our post. Our blog is not intended to be read as legal advice.


Wallingford – DUI Suspect Admitted To Using Heroin

The man charged with fatally hitting a cyclist in Wallingford just admitted he used heroin before the crash.

The incident happened on May 25 when 37-year-old David Carelli, who was riding his bicycle on South Turnpike Road, was hit and fatally injured by 35-year-old Derek Fries from Meriden. Carelli was thrown off his bike and off the road. He sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at Yale-New Haven Hospital a short while later. According to police, Fries has admitted to using heroin before the fatal incident, corroborating the police’s discovery of drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle Fries was driving. His case is ongoing and is scheduled to appear in court on June 14.

Injuries caused by suspects using illegal or regulated substances while driving strengthens any personal injury claims filed by victims or their families. It pays to take note of these scenarios in case this happens to us or our loved ones.

If you or someone you care about was injured in an accident, you may need help navigating the complex challenges of paying for your medical bills, recouping your lost wages, and regaining your quality of life. The Connecticut attorneys with Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you through this process, working to hold the responsible party accountable for the pain and suffering you have had to endure. Call 800-PERKINS for a free consultation with a lawyer today.

Note: Our blog reports on a variety of sensitive stories with the goal of raising awareness of accidents and the repercussions they can have. We use real news articles as our sources. Should a story be updated or a post on our site be inaccurate, please let us know so we can update our post. Our blog is not intended to be read as legal advice.


Lakeville – Cyclist Seriously Injured By Impalement

A cyclist competing in a Lakeville tournament was seriously injured last Sunday.

Colin Reuter was competing in last weekend’s Lime Rock Cycling Grand Prix when the incident occurred. He crashed and was thrown onto the front wheel of a competitor’s bike. The front wheel lever of that bike hit and punctured his leg. EMS units quickly arrived at the scene to stabilize Reuter and had to disassemble the bike on site. He was transported to the hospital with the detached wheel still lodged in his leg. His condition is currently listed as safe.

Most reported bike injuries are caused by driver/rider error. This particular case is worth studying because the professional cycling community has been discussing bike design and appropriate components for a while now. This incident can be attributed to improper or unsafe parts being used in professional equipment. Injuries caused by improper or unsafe components can be grounds for a damage/compensation claim.

If you or someone you care about was injured in an accident, you may need help navigating the complex challenges of paying for your medical bills, recouping your lost wages, and regaining your quality of life. The Connecticut attorneys with Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you through this process, working to hold the responsible party accountable for the pain and suffering you have had to endure. Call 800-PERKINS for a free consultation with a lawyer today.

Note: Our blog reports on a variety of sensitive stories with the goal of raising awareness of accidents and the repercussions they can have. We use real news articles as our sources. Should a story be updated or a post on our site be inaccurate, please let us know so we can update our post. Our blog is not intended to be read as legal advice.


New Haven – Dirt Bike Accident Causes Serious Injuries

A dirt bike collided with a car in New Haven last Thursday.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Chapel and High Streets, according to New Haven police. There were two riders on the dirt bike and both were seriously injured in the incident. The driver of the car cooperated with authorities and has stayed at the scene following the accident. The identities of those involved and other details have yet to be provided by officials.

Accidents involving two or more vehicles is typically caused by one offending vehicle or driver. That said, this particular case is still being investigated by authorities. If negligence, product defect or DUI can be established by officials, then injured parties can file for compensation/damages.

If you or someone you care about was injured in an accident, you may need help navigating the complex challenges of paying for your medical bills, recouping your lost wages, and regaining your quality of life. The Connecticut attorneys with Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you through this process, working to hold the responsible party accountable for the pain and suffering you have had to endure. Call 800-PERKINS for a free consultation with a lawyer today.

Note: Our blog reports on a variety of sensitive stories with the goal of raising awareness of accidents and the repercussions they can have. We use real news articles as our sources. Should a story be updated or a post on our site be inaccurate, please let us know so we can update our post. Our blog is not intended to be read as legal advice.


Wallingford – Driver Who Stuck Cyclist Charged With DUI

The driver of a car that struck and killed a cyclist in Wallingford last Saturday has now been charged with DUI.

37-year-old Donald A. Carelli was riding his bicycle on South Turnpike Road when he was hit by a 2009 Honda Civic driven by 35-year-old Derek C. Fries of Meriden. According to officials, the vehicle swerved into the opposite lane and hit Carelli. There were witnesses at the scene who saw Carelli thrown onto the hood of the vehicle that hit him before he was thrown into an embankment. Fries has now been charged with DUI and second-degree manslaughter among other charges. Wallingford Police are still asking for witnesses and anyone who may have additional information about the incident to contact them immediately.

In this incident, the victim followed road/traffic laws to the letter. In cases where suspects are proven to be negligent or DUI, victims or their families can file for personal injury claims.

If you or someone you care about was injured in an accident, you may need help navigating the complex challenges of paying for your medical bills, recouping your lost wages, and regaining your quality of life. The Connecticut attorneys with Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you through this process, working to hold the responsible party accountable for the pain and suffering you have had to endure. Call 800-PERKINS for a free consultation with a lawyer today.

Note: Our blog reports on a variety of sensitive stories with the goal of raising awareness of accidents and the repercussions they can have. We use real news articles as our sources. Should a story be updated or a post on our site be inaccurate, please let us know so we can update our post. Our blog is not intended to be read as legal advice.


Wallingford – Driver Hits Bicyclist

Last Saturday, a bicyclist was hit by a car in Wallingford.

37-year-old Donald Carelli of Milford was on South Turnpike Road with another bicyclist when he was hit by a car driven by 35-year-old Derek Fries who was reportedly driving under the influence. The accident occurred at the intersection of South Turnpike and Toelles Roads. Fries, who hails from Meriden, was also caught possessing heroin and is now facing charges of DUI, manslaughter and illegal possession of a prohibited substance. The crash forced Carelli off his bike and into the woods, sustaining major injuries. He later died in the hospital. Reports indicate that Carelli and his companion were riding properly on the road. Wallingford Police are still investigating the incident and have requested anyone with information about the accident to contact them as soon as possible.

DUI cases resulting in injuries or death are serious grounds for personal injury claims by victims or their family members. With the help of expert legal counsel, appropriate cases can be filed so that victims and their families can find closure.

If you or someone you care about was injured in an accident, you may need help navigating the complex challenges of paying for your medical bills, recouping your lost wages, and regaining your quality of life. The Connecticut attorneys with Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you through this process, working to hold the responsible party accountable for the pain and suffering you have had to endure. Call 800-PERKINS for a free consultation with a lawyer today.

Note: Our blog reports on a variety of sensitive stories with the goal of raising awareness of accidents and the repercussions they can have. We use real news articles as our sources. Should a story be updated or a post on our site be inaccurate, please let us know so we can update our post. Our blog is not intended to be read as legal advice.


Bike Safety Tips for National Bike Month

Since May is National Bike Month, it is the perfect time to share some bike safety tips that will hopefully keep you and your family safe while riding.

Unfortunately, nearly 800 bicyclists were killed in U.S. motor vehicle crashes in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The majority of cyclists were killed between 6 and 9 p.m., and three-quarters occurred in urban areas. Males are eight times more likely than females to be in a fatal biking accident involving a motor vehicle.

Exercising safety precautions is the best way to reduce your chance of serious injury or fatality while riding a bike. Some helpful tips include:

  • Cyclists must follow the same rules of the road as motorists do. For example, you must stop at stop signs and obey traffic lights, as cars do.
  • Ride on the same side of the road as cars. Ride with traffic, rather than against it.
  • Do not talk on your phone or wear headphones while riding.
  • Make sure your bicycle has been tuned up before you hit the road. Make sure that your bike is in good condition and the tires are inflated. The amount of air your tires require is on the side of each tire. Lubricate your bike chain every week.
  • Watch out for children and animals that may run out in the street. Also, watch for opening car doors and cars pulling out of driveways.
  • Make eye contact with car drivers before crossing the street in front of them.

Remember the “ABCs of Awareness.” Based on research from Clemson University, the bike manufacturer Trek formulated these helpful safety guidelines.

  • “A” stands for “Always on.” You should keep a light illuminated on your bike at all times.
  • The “B” stands for “Biomotion,” which refers to your body’s moving parts. You are more likely to grab a driver’s attention if you have a reflective spot or neon strip on your shoe, for instance, because your shoes are going around in circles and a bright object is likely to be seen because it is moving quickly.
  • The “C” is for “Contrast.” Your clothes should contrast – rather than blend in – with your surroundings. It is advisable to wear something reflective at night and something fluorescent during the daytime.

For additional safety tips and resources, see the National Safety Council’s website.

Contact A Bicycle Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in Connecticut contact the experienced the bike accident attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers for help. Let us help you to recover the full and fair compensation you deserve. Reach out to us anytime by chatting with us live online, filling out a contact form, or by calling (203) 397-1283 to schedule a free initial consultation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Who is liable in a bikeshare accident?

Bikesharing has become an affordable and convenient mode of transportation for many people in Hartford, and the major bike-share service providers like Bird and in Hartford, specifically Lime, have expanded rapidly in cities across the country. Lime introduced the bright green bikes to the city last June, and it quickly added more bikes to the city’s streets after a surge in use, according to the Hartford Courant.

While these vehicles are eco-friendly and fun to ride, riders, pedestrians, and other motorists could suffer severe or possibly fatal injury if they are involved in an accident. The injured party may wonder, “who is liable for my injuries if I’m hurt in a bike-share crash?”.

Determining liability for a bike-share accident is often different than regular bike crashes because multiple parties could potentially be responsible. A few potentially liable parties include:

  • The rider, if they are reckless or negligent in handling or operating the bike
  • Motorists, if they fail to share the road with bike-share riders, if they do not look before opening their car door in the path of a rider, or if they are careless, aggressive, or intoxicated behind the wheel
  • Pedestrians, if they fail to observe the rules of the road or cross the street in non-designated locations
  • The bike-share company, if it fails to inspect and maintain its fleet of bicycles properly

As a bike-share rider you should:

  • Read all safety information included on the app and online, and (naturally); you should only ride if you are comfortable riding a bicycle.
  • Before getting on the bike, inspect it to make sure it is in proper working condition.
  • Never ride a bike while intoxicated or while drowsy.
  • Make sure to follow the rules of the road and be on the lookout for pedestrians and motorists at all times.

If you’ve been hurt in a bike share accident as a rider, motorist, or pedestrian, consult with an experienced bike-share attorney to learn about your rights and the legal options that are available to you. For help in Hartford, or anywhere in Connecticut, turn to the attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers for help. Our consultations are always free, so schedule a confidential meeting with our team by calling (203) 397-1283 today.


Dooring accidents in Connecticut

Most cyclists who bike to work, school or for recreation are aware that a dooring accident could happen at any time on the busy streets in Connecticut. Drivers of passenger vehicles should watch for cyclists before opening their vehicle doors, but far too many people fail to do so, and serious injury accidents can occur.

In urban areas especially, dooring crashes are one of the most common types of bike crashes. According to data from Chicago (one of the only cities that tracks dooring crashes), dooring was a factor in one in five bike crashes. While forty states have dooring laws that place responsibility for dooring accidents on the person who opened the vehicle door, Connecticut is, unfortunately, one of ten states that do not have dooring laws in place to protect cyclists.

If you’ve been hurt in a dooring accident in Connecticut, you still have rights and legal options. While there is no state law that specifically requires vehicle occupants to watch for passing pedestrians, cars, and cyclists while opening the door, you could still take legal action if you were severely hurt in a dooring accident.

The best thing to do if you’ve been injured as a cyclist is to call an experienced bike accident attorney. Motorists are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and cyclists, so they could still be held liable if they fail to check their surroundings before opening the car door. While the person responsible (or, likely, their insurance company) may argue that you could have avoided the door, this argument is not always applicable. With a knowledgeable and skilled bike accident lawyer on your side, you could hold the person liable for your injuries. You could be owed compensation for medical bills (past and future), lost wages, and other damages.

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Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents cyclists throughout the state of Connecticut who have been harmed by the negligent actions of others. We’re here to make sure that justice is served, and that you don’t have to pay out of pocket for an accident that was not your fault. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation by calling us at (203) 397-1283, by filling out a contact form, or by chatting with us live today.