New London Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Why You Should choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a reckless driver, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers for legal help. Unlike car drivers, who have a metal cage around them, motorcycle riders are exposed to the elements, leaving them open to a direct impact or even being flung from their bike. The result is often severe injuries, or worse. Sometimes, these accidents are caused by drivers who don’t know how to behave around motorcycles, or who are simply too distracted to notice them. At other times, the rider may be to blame.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we believe that negligent drivers who cause motorcycle accidents should pay for the harm they’ve done. That’s why our New London motorcycle accident lawyers fight hard to win accident victims every penny of the compensation they deserve. With years of experience assisting accident victims across Connecticut, we’ve built a reputation for tough and effective advocacy. Request a free consultation with a New London motorcycle crash attorney today for more information on how we can help by calling us at (860) 772-2280.
Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can cause serious harm to both sides, but because of the nature of the vehicle, the motorcycle rider is often at risk of more severe injuries. This is because of the small size of the motorcycle and the rider’s potential to be directly hit by a car or to be flung away from the vehicle. Some of the common injuries victims suffer in motorcycle accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken arms or legs
- Broken ribs, possibly causing organ damage
- Neck or back injuries
- Spinal cord and other nerve injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Severe road rash
- Severe bleeding
Wearing a helmet as required by Connecticut law can reduce the risk of TBI and other head injuries, but for some, even that is not enough to keep them from experiencing these injuries. And in far too many cases, the victim will not survive.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can have many of the same causes as car accidents, but there is the added complication that motorcycles are smaller and harder to see. Some of the common causes of accidents involving motorcycles include:
- Distracted driving or failing to see the motorcycle
- Rear-end accidents
- Failing to yield the right of way to a motorcycle
- Bad road conditions
- Motorcycles cutting between lanes
Motorcycle accidents are not automatically either the driver’s fault or the rider’s fault. Many of the causes above can come from either side. As you will see, Connecticut law treats motorcycles much in the way it treats cars. No matter the cause of your motorcycle accident, Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can provide you with legal assistance.
Motorcycle Laws in New London
Motorcycle riders in New London are held to essentially the same traffic standards as car drivers are, but with some extra requirements. Under Connecticut law, anyone who wants to ride a motorcycle needs a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license. In addition, riders must always wear helmets and eye protection. Motorcyclists are also required to carry liability insurance, just like car drivers. Perhaps the most important motorcycle law to remember in New London is that lane splitting is prohibited in Connecticut. This means that motorcycles cannot ride side-by-side in the same lane with each other or with cars, and they cannot pass cars in the same lane. A rider who engages in lane splitting may have that held against them in determining fault for an accident.
Determining Fault after a Motorcycle Accident in New London
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in New London, fault will be determined in the same way as for any other traffic accident. Unlike New York and some other ‘no-fault’ states, Connecticut is a ‘fault’ state, meaning that the drivers will be assigned different portions of blame for the accident. This will be based on each driver’s negligence, or driving behaviors they have a reasonable duty not to engage in, such as speeding or being distracted by a cell phone. Whether the car driver or motorcycle rider is determined to be at fault, that person can be held liable for damages in a personal injury claim.
Recovering Damages in a Personal Injury Claim
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often result in extremely serious injuries or even death, but fortunately for the victims and their families, it is possible to recover significant compensation in a personal injury claim. Whether it ends in a court verdict or an out-of-court settlement, filing a claim can help the victim recover damages for a number of costs, including:
- All medical bills related to the accident, from hospitalization to recovery
- Vehicle repairs or replacement
- Damage to other property
- Lost wages due to time off work while recovering
- Future lost income, if the victim is unable to return to work
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Miscellaneous recovery-related expenses, such as transportation
- Wrongful death
Being awarded any number of these damages could give you the security you need to recover properly and get you and your family on the road to financial recovery. But don’t hesitate – the sooner you get started on your case, the better chance you have of recovering the compensation you need. If you are at all considering legal action against the driver responsible for your injuries, you should contact a New London motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Recovering from a motorcycle accident can be taxing on your body, your wallet, and your personal relationships. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, you don’t have to go it alone. An experienced New London motorcycle accident attorney from Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you fight the negligent driver who caused your injuries and increase your chances of holding them financially accountable. Over the years, we’ve recovered millions of dollars for personal injury victims across Connecticut. Let our New London personal injury attorneys bring the Power of Perkins to your case. For more information on how we can help and to set up a free consultation, call now at (860) 772-2280.