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Motorcyclist critically injured in Bridgeport crash


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 06, 2014 in Motorcycle Accidents

At around 7 a.m. on Oct. 28, a motorcyclist was critically injured while riding his bike in the Black Rock neighborhood of Bridgeport. The rider was hit on Fairfield Avenue near Whittier Street during the morning rush hour. The identity of the victim was not released immediately following the accident because police were trying to locate the victim's family to notify them first.

A police spokesperson who was interviewed on the evening of the accident said that the victim's injuries were initially deemed 'life-threatening" when he was taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center for treatment. According to an Assistant Fire Chief, the driver of the car that struck the motorcyclist did not need to be taken to the hospital for any injuries. The driver stayed at the scene of the accident while police investigated. The reporting news source did not state what chain of events led to the bike wreck.

Following the crash, the Serious Accident Investigation Team had Fairfield Avenue partially blocked off for hours while they investigated. The partial closure of the street caused traffic to back up as far north as Commerce Drive, and school buses were rerouted to avoid the surrounding streets.

Motorcyclists are at a greater risk for personal injury than drivers or passengers in ordinary vehicles. Not only are people's bodies more exposed on a motorcycle, but a motorcycle is less stable than a car with four wheels. Automobile drivers who fail to observe the rules of the road and who fail to keep a proper lookout for other cars or motorcycle riders may be found liable in civil court for damages. A motor vehicle accident attorney may seek compensation on behalf of the wounded for medical expenses incurred as a result of a run-in with a negligent driver.

Source: CT Post, "Motorcyclist severely injured in Bridgeport crash", October 29, 2013