Hartford Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycles appeal to riders because they enable you to experience the thrill and exhilaration of the open road. However, motorcycles also provide you very little protection during an accident, which may result in riders suffering life-changing injuries or death. If you believe you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another motorist’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
However, insurance companies may be reluctant to fully compensate a motorcyclist for the injuries he or she suffered during an accident. When this happens, it may be in your best interest to contact a trusted Hartford motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss your legal options. At D’Amico & Pettinicchi, we have the skills and experience you need to successfully bring a personal injury claim after a motorcycle accident. For more than 25 years, we have helped accident victims obtain more than $75 million in verdicts and settlements and continue to pursue the maximum compensation for each claim we represent.
As experienced motorcycle accident lawyers in Hartford, we have the skills and knowledge you need to recover compensation from an insurance company. Our firm’s partner Mike D’Amico is a Past President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and is a lifetime member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum. To find out if you have a case against the party responsible for causing your injury, contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We offer all of our services on a contingency fee basis, and only charge you if we help you recover compensation for your claim.
Call (866) 848-7077 to schedule a free consultation today.
Compensation for a Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle accident, many victims suffer significant financial losses due to the medical treatment, physical limitations and loss of income. To recover compensation for your injuries and financial losses, it is imperative that you understand the true value of your personal injury claim
However, insurance companies are known to offer low settlements to motorcycle accident victims as an initial offer. Unfortunately, many people accept this initial offer because they believe it is the only amount of compensation they can receive after an accident. Our Hartford motorcycle accident lawyers strongly advise against accepting any offer from an insurance company until you understand the true value of your claim.
During your free, no obligation consultation, we will review the damages you suffered as a result of your motorcycle accident to determine if you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Rehabilitation or physical therapy
- Medical assistive equipment
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of reputation
- Loss of companionship
Comparative Negligence in Connecticut
Connecticut's modified comparative negligence law can affect the amount of compensation you receive. Under this law, accident victims can still receive compensation as long as they are less than 50 percent at fault for the accident.
However, the amount of compensation the victim can receive will be reduced by his or her degree of negligence. For example, you may file a $100,000 personal injury claim after being injured in a motorcycle accident. However, it may be discovered that you are 40 percent responsible for the accident because you failed to fully stop at a stop sign. As a result, the new maximum amount of compensation you may receive is $60,000.
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Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can occur for various reasons. However, the most common reason motorcyclists are injured in auto accidents is due to another motorist’s negligence. This may include:
- Cutting a motorcyclist off in traffic
- Traveling faster than the posted speed limit
- Swerving in front of a motorcyclist
- Turning left in front of a motorcyclist’s path
- Failing to check for motorcyclists sharing the roadway
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Traveling too closely to a motorcyclist
- Engaging in distractions while driving
All too often, motorcycle accidents occur when a driver fails to yield or recognize a motorcyclist sharing the roadway. Many motorcycle crashes are also the result of drivers failing to exercise proper care when making left-hand turns at intersections. This often occurs when drivers:
- Underestimate motorcyclists’ speed or distance
- Fail to notice motorcyclists traveling nearby in traffic
- Unexpectedly stop in the motorcyclist’s path
- Fail to react to motorcyclists' evasive maneuvers in traffic
If you believe your motorcycle accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, contact D’Amico & Pettinicchi to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Hartford are dedicated to defending victims’ rights and will help you determine if you have a case against the at-fault driver.
To schedule a free consultation, call (866) 848-7077.
Common Injuries Suffered in a Motorcycle Accident
Due to motorcycles offering riders no protection from other vehicles or outside elements, riders often suffer serious and life-threatening injuries during a crash. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Fractured bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severed limbs
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Cuts, scrapes and lacerations
- Internal bleeding
- Heavy bruising
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Wrist and hand injuries
Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Hartford are dedicated to helping victims who were injured in an accident caused by another’s negligence. We will aggressively pursue fair compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured after the accident. Do not hesitate to contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We will help you determine which legal options are available to hold the at-fault party liable for his or her negligence.
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How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
In Connecticut, motorcycle accident victims have a two-year statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit against the party liable for their injuries, according to Conn. Gen. Stat. Tit. § 52-577.
However, depending on the circumstances behind your motorcycle accident, there may be different deadlines that you must follow. For example, if your motorcycle accident was caused by a state, county or city governmental agency, you must bring your claim within one year of the date the accident occurred.
Although it may seem as if you have plenty of time to pursue legal action after a motorcycle accident, it is crucial that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. It takes time to investigate an accident and determine the full value of your damages. Time may also be taken up by filing an insurance claim.
The sooner you contact an attorney, the more time he or she will have to build a strong case and file a lawsuit if your insurance claim is unsuccessful. If you do not file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations passes, you will likely lose the right to pursue compensation from the at-fault party in a lawsuit.
For this reason, you should contact a skilled Hartford motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your claim and determine which legal options may be available to you after your crash.
Call (866) 848-7077 to find out if you have a case.
How Can a Hartford Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help Me?
During a motorcycle accident, many victims suffer severe injuries that may cause permanent physical and cognitive impairment, such as a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury. As a result, motorcycle accident victims may incur large financial losses through expensive medical treatment and lost wages. To compensate for these expenses, victims may be entitled to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party.
However, filing a personal injury claim can be difficult, especially if you are unfamiliar with the claims process or how to handle and negotiate with an insurance company. To recover full compensation for your injury, you may need the help of a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer in Hartford. An attorney may help you in several ways, such as:
Helping You Build a Case
To receive compensation after an accident, you may need to build a case against the at-fault party that proves he or she caused your injuries. Our Hartford motorcycle accident lawyers will help you establish a case by:
- Obtaining video footage of your motorcycle accident, if available
- Researching the at-fault party’s driving record to find patterns of negligent or reckless driving
- Collecting medical records that detail the severity of your injury
- Talking to witnesses who may have seen your motorcycle accident
- Taking pictures of the accident scene, your injuries and the vehicles involved
- Working with an accident reconstructionist to get a clear understanding of what happened during your accident
- Determining if the at-fault party violated state laws by causing your motorcycle accident
Determining the Value of Your Claim
After a motorcycle accident, many victims suffer serious injuries and medical complications that may have a long-term or permanent effect on their life. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Hartford will understand the severity of your injuries, and will use his or her knowledge to help you obtain the compensation you need.
While we review your claim, we will keep you informed of the progress our attorneys have made and anything you can do to help us. This may include providing us with your medical records that show how much your treatment has cost you, as well has time cards or recent paychecks that give us an understanding of the income you lost as a result of the accident.
Additionally, our attorneys may suggest that you keep a detailed injury journal that provides insight into how you are responding to medical treatment and how your injury has affected you since the accident.
Handling Insurance Companies
Often, motorcycle accident victims find it difficult to obtain fair compensation through a personal injury claim. Many insurers see motorcycles as inherently dangerous vehicles and use this to reduce or deny an accident victim’s claim.
However, a skilled Hartford motorcycle accident attorney will understand how to work with an insurance company to help you obtain the compensation you need. Our attorneys have many years of experience negotiating with insurance companies and are familiar with the tactics they use to affect a claim. If you are offered a low-ball settlement after an accident, we will not hesitate to pursue every legal option available to obtain the compensation you deserve.
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Contact D’Amico & Pettinicchi’s Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
If you believe you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another’s negligence, do not wait to consult with a trusted attorney to discuss your claim.
D’Amico & Pettinicchi’s committed motorcycle accident lawyers in Hartford will review the circumstances behind your crash to help you determine if the other party is liable for your injuries. We will help you craft a solid case against the at-fault party to help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We provide all of our services on a contingency fee basis, which means you only have to pay us if we recover compensation for your claim. There is no risk in finding out if you have a case against the party liable for your injury.
Call (866) 848-7077 to find out if you have a case.