Waterbury Bicycle Accidents Lawyers
Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a bicycle accident caused by another party’s negligence in Connecticut? You may be entitled to various damages, including compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Bicycle crashes frequently result in devastating injuries that only require lengthy hospital stays but also involve additional weeks, months, or even years of rehabilitation. Some victims cannot return to their jobs for extended periods of time, and certain injuries can make some people completely incapable of working again in any capacity.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents clients injured in bike accidents all over the greater Waterbury area. Our firm will work tirelessly to help you recover all of the compensation you are entitled to.
Try not to discuss your accident with anybody until you are able to contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. You can have our Waterbury bicycle accident attorneys provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers at (203) 437-6190 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us today.
Do I Need A Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
Some people are tempted to believe that they will be able to keep more money for themselves by not hiring an attorney to handle their bike accident claim. Even when fault seems to be clearly that of a intelligent driver’s, insurance companies will frequently claim that bicyclists were at fault and thus responsible for their injuries.
The insurer will not always take this approach from the outset, however. In many cases, insurance company representatives will express what seems like sincere concern about a victim’s well-being, but even seemingly innocent conversations with these agents are usually being exploited to try and get victims to unknowingly make incredibly damaging statements about their recollections of the accidents.
Any comment that can be construed as a victim admitting to negligence will be seized by an insurance company to reduce the ultimate payout. Even when an insurer does offer a bicycle accident victim a settlement, it is usually a lowball offer nowhere near what that person is actually entitled to.
You want to have a lawyer simply so somebody can handle these dealings with insurance companies on your behalf. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can fight to help you recover all of the compensation you need and deserve.
Why Choose Us?
Jonathan Perkins has over 30 years of legal experience and has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers won the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015.
Our firm’s record of success includes $2.1 million recovered for a woman who suffered severe head injuries in a bicycle accident. Our attorneys will come to meet you in person at your hospital room or home if you cannot come to our office.
Mr. Perkins is admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as well as state courts in Connecticut and New York. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, and Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
You should also know that Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers provides legal representation on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay us if you obtain a financial award. Call Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to receive a no cost, no obligation consultation.
Types of Bicycle Accident Cases We Handle
Bike crashes happen for a variety of reasons in communities all over Connecticut. Most cases involve negligent drivers of motor vehicles. Some of the most common kinds of bicycle accidents that Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers sees include, but are not limited to:
- “Dooring” — One of the most common kinds of bike crashes involves occupants of automobiles opening doors to motor vehicles on streets being used by bicyclists.
- Reckless Driving — Under Connecticut General Statute § 14-222, a person commits the offense of reckless driving when they exceed speeds of 85 miles per hour, drive at a speed that endangers the life of any other person, or drive in a manner that knowingly places others at significant risk of injury.
- Speeding — Any driver who violates a posted speed limit not only does not have the same stopping ability of vehicles traveling at lower speeds, but they are also more likely to lose control of their automobiles.
- Operating Under the Influence (OUI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) — Any motorist who operates a vehicle while impaired usually faces criminal charges that can be used in a separate civil case.
- Distracted Driving — Talking or text messaging are two of the most common kinds of distractions people encounter, but drivers can cause bicycle accidents as the result of any one of a number of other possible distractions.
- Other Traffic Violations — In addition to the aforementioned offenses, several other minor.violations of traffic laws, such as failure to obey traffic control devices, can result in bike crashes.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers also handles bicycle accidents that do not involve automobiles. For example, a crash caused by a defective party could lead to a product liability action against a manufacturer and an accident that is caused by an improperly repaired bike might make a maintenance company liable. If you were hurt due to a road defect or other failure on behalf of a government entity that should have been addressed, we are ready to help you get the justice you are owed.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
The 2015 Connecticut Crash Facts Book reported that three bicyclists were killed in accidents in Connecticut in 2015. That same year, bicyclists suffered 257 suspected minor injuries, 53 suspected serious injuries, and 127 possible injuries.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 1,000 bicyclists were killed and there were nearly 467,000 bicycle-related injuries in the United States in 2015.
The 2009 Connecticut Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Update found that over half of all bicycle crashes in 2005, 2006, and 2007 occurred on local roads. The next two most common locations were state routes, which were as much as one-third of accidents in 2006, and United States Routes, which accounted for between 11 and 14 percent of bike crashes in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
Contact a Waterbury Bicycle Accident Attorney Today
If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a bicycle crash caused by another party’s negligence in Connecticut, it is in your best interest to quickly retain legal counsel. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents bike accident victims in Waterbury and many surrounding areas of Connecticut.
Call (203) 437-6190, or contact us online to have our lawyers review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free consultation.