Motorcycle DUI Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 36 people were fatally injured in Connecticut motorcycle accidents in 2011. In some of these instances, the rider was under the influence at the time of the wreck. It is against the law in Connecticut, as well as the rest of the country to have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Unfortunately, many innocent lives have been lost because a biker had too much to drink and got on the road.
If you or a family member has sustained an injury in a motorcycle DUI accident, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact a Connecticut motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss your legal options.
For additional information about motorcycle accident claims, complete the Free Case Review form on this page.
Common Injuries in Motorcycle DUI Crashes
Motorbikes are smaller in size and weigh less than the average car. The design of the motorcycle leaves the rider and passenger vulnerable in the event of a wreck. When a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle are involved in a collision, the motorcycle will receive the brunt of the force. It is not uncommon for the motorcyclist to suffer severe and sometimes fatal injuries.
Some injuries that are commonly seen in motorcycle DUI accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Road rash
- Rib and torso injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
If you’re loved one was fatally injured in a motorcycle DUI accident due to the negligence of another, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today.
Connecticut Motorcycle DUI Lawsuits
Driving under the influence does not only refer to individuals that operate a passenger vehicle or motorcycle while intoxicated. It is illegal for anyone to operate any type of motor vehicle accident under the influence of illegal drugs or prescription medication.
Accident victims that have sustained injuries in a collision due to a driver that is intoxicated or high on drugs may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. Injured individuals may be able to receive compensatory damages, punitive damages and third party damages. Compensatory damages are meant to compensate the injury victim for any financial losses that they incurred from the crash including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and property damage.
Punitive damage are meant to punish the negligent party deter others from similar actions. In collisions where the biker had a high BAC, a jury may grant punitive damages.
While third party damages allow injury victims to hold drinking establishments liable for the crash. These damages are only available, if the drinking establishment continued to serve an intoxicated motorcyclist that they knew was going to be on the road.
Contact a Connecticut Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one was injured in motorcycle DUI accident, you may have financial and legal recourse. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we urge all motorcycle accident victims to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can thoroughly explain the statute of limitations, your legal rights and the available legal remedies.
Our attorneys and staff have the knowledge and resources to handle motorcycle DUI accidents.
To find out if you’re eligible to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit, complete the contact form on this page.