Riding a motorcycle is a thrilling experience, and many motorcyclists may go through their lifetime without any incident. However, when motorcycle accidents do occur, they are often catastrophic and cause serious injuries or fatalities. The painful effects of these injuries can be felt long after healing, as there may be permanent or long-term damage to muscles, tendons, or nerves. Our New Haven motorcycle accident lawyers at Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. understand how accident injuries can affect the rest of your life. Let our highly knowledgeable team handle your legal needs, so we may obtain compensation that will allow you to focus on fully recovering.
It is important to take certain steps to protect your future right away after a motorcycle accident These steps include:
An experienced New Haven motorcycle accident lawyer can help you with the rest of the recovery process, including filing a motorcycle accident claim with an insurance company, collecting evidence, negotiating for fair and full financial compensation, and making sure your family has everything it needs during this difficult time.
The types of injuries from motorcycle accidents can range from mild to serious trauma, commonly including:
Sadly, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be killed in an accident than those in passenger vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). At Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C., we can represent your family if you have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit after a deadly motorcycle accident.
Connecticut is a fault-based insurance state. This means that the person or party responsible for causing the motorcycle wreck will have to pay for resultant injuries, medical bills and property damage. This is in contrast to a no-fault state, where each driver recovers through his or her own insurance, regardless of fault. In a fault state, you or your attorney must prove that the at-fault driver was negligent. Negligence consists of four elements:
The most common defendant in a motorcycle accident case is the other driver. However, the at-fault party might be the government for a roadway defect, a property owner for a dangerous parking lot or a vehicle manufacturer for a defective part. Our attorneys can investigate your accident to determine liability. Then, we can go up against one or more parties in pursuit of maximum compensation for your losses.
Almost all New Haven motorcycle accidents are preventable. They happen when one or more parties are careless. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by the same kinds of driver error or negligence seen in automobile collisions:
The NHTSA reports that nearly 5,000 riders were killed in crashes that took place in 2018. To help reduce this number in the future, the agency encourages safe riding practices and road user cooperation.
The value of your motorcycle accident case will often depend on injury severity and how your life has been impacted. An experienced New Haven motorcycle accident attorney that has handled cases involving motorcycle accidents can identify all of the applicable damages and estimate how much compensation you should be entitled to. However, if you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to be compensated for your losses. The damages you pursue can include, present and future medical expenses, lost wages from the work you had to miss while recovering, diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, any permanent disability or disfigurement, plus more.
A lawyer has the ability and resources to take on the burden of handling your case, while you focus on regaining your health. They can also guide you on how best to utilize all available insurance coverage and will protect you from the insurance companies. Insurers are not your friend, and their only objective is to either deny your claim or minimize compensation as much as possible. Having legal representation will ensure evidence will be preserved to prove your case. If necessary, they have professional connections with investigators who can look over the scene of the accident and locate, then interview witnesses. This is all in an effort to build the strongest possible case that will maximize your recovery.