New Britain Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
A motorcycle accident can be a traumatic event, causing long-term or life-threatening injuries for riders. If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. At the law offices of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, our skilled New Britain motorcycle accident lawyers have many years of combined experience helping personal injury victims recover from these situations. We have recovered millions in compensation for our clients over the years, helping them move forward with their lives. Partner Thomas P. Pettinicchi is a member of the American Association for Justice and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.
We can review your situation during a 100 percent free, no obligation consultation. Our team can determine if you have a valid case and the legal options available to you. All of our services are provided on a contingency fee basis. There are no upfront costs or fees unless we help you obtain compensation.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Cases
Motorcycle accidents can happen for any number of reasons. However, the most common cause of a motorcycle accident is another driver’s negligence. Common examples of motorcycle crashes often caused by negligence include:
- Blind-spot accidents – Most motor vehicles have blind spots on either side. When a driver fails to check his or her blind spots before changing lanes, an accident can occur. Motorcycles are smaller than passenger vehicles, making them more difficult for drivers to see.
- Drunk-driving crashes – Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol plays a major role in motorcycle crashes. These crashes usually result in serious injury or death for the motorcyclist.
- Head-on collisions – Head-on collisions can occur when motorists are distracted or do not yield to a motorcyclist who has the right-of-way. These types of accident are often fatal.
- High-speed accidents – Motorists who speed reduce their chances of seeing and reacting to a motorcyclist in time to prevent an accident. Accidents that occur at high-speed often result in more severe injuries.
- Intersection collisions – When a driver disregards traffic signals and fails to yield to an oncoming motorcyclist turning left or going straight through an intersection, it can result in a dangerous collision.
- Lane-splitting accidents – Lane splitting occurs when the motorcyclist drives between vehicles between two lanes of stopped or slow-moving traffic. This type of driving maneuver can increase the likelihood of an accident.
There are steps riders can take to help reduce the risk of a crash, such as maintaining a safe driving distance, identifying and avoiding the blind spots of other motor vehicles, using turn signals and watching your speed. However, a careless driver can cause a crash even if you are taking all the precautions you can.
When this happens, you should consider contacting an attorney. A licensed New Britain motorcycle accident attorney can identify the cause of your accident and help prove who is liable for any damages you sustained.
Call (866) 848-7077 today to see how we might be able to help you.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists are more likely to sustain severe personal injuries because there is less protection from the elements and other motor vehicles on the road. Motorcycle accidents often leave victims with serious debilitating injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken bones or fractures
- Burn injuries
- Road rash
- Facial injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage in the arms and legs
- Loss of limbs
- Neck and back injuries
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by driver negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Complete a Free Case Evaluation form now so a motorcycle accident lawyer in New Britain can get started on your claim.
Connecticut Motorcycle Laws
According to the Connecticut's Motorcycle Operator Manual, motorcyclists must obey the same laws and regulations that motorists follow. In addition to this, motorcyclists are also required to follow their own specific regulations. This includes the following:
In Connecticut, motorcyclists do not have a separate motorcycle license. They are issued a standard driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement. Obtaining a motorcycle endorsement involves:
- Having a valid Connecticut driver license
- Having a signed parental consent form if you are under the age of 18
- Paying all the necessary test fees
- Successfully completing the knowledge and vision tests
- Completing a motorcycle training course approved by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, which includes classroom and skills training on a motorcycle
Riders have the option of getting a learner’s permit that allows them to drive a motorcycle on the road with certain restrictions for up to 60 days before enrolling in a motorcycle training course.
16-year-olds with a valid Connecticut driver’s license can obtain a motorcycle endorsement by presenting proof of course completion of an approved course with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Individuals exempt from having to obtain a motorcycle endorsement are any non-resident or temporary residents with a valid driver’s license issued by another jurisdiction authorizing the use of a motorcycle. This includes members of the Armed Forces, students enrolled in higher education institutions and non-residents employed in Connecticut.
In Connecticut, no one under the age of 18 is allowed to operate or ride on a motorcycle without wearing a helmet (CGS § 14-289g). There is a $90 fine for being cited for riding without a helmet. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles is responsible for adopting helmet regulations. Since these regulations can change, motorcyclists should check with the Commissioner before riding motorcycles on Connecticut roadways to ensure their helmet meets these regulations.
Eye and Face Protection
Connecticut law requires eye and face protection gear unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windshield or windscreen. If not, all motorcyclists must wear goggles or a face shield free from scratches, resistant to penetration, that can be securely fastened, and has enough room for sunglasses or eyeglasses if necessary.
Passengers are not allowed to ride on a motorcycle driven by:
- Anyone with a learner’s permit
- Anyone who recently obtained a motorcycle endorsement within the past 90 days
- Anyone who is 16 or 17 years old and obtained a motorcycle endorsement within the past six months
Other riders may carry passengers on a motorcycle equipped with a proper seat, footrests and the same protective equipment for motorcyclists. Failure to abide by these rules could result in a fine.
Motorcycles and motor vehicles have the same rights and privileges when it comes to having the full use of a lane. However, lane splitting – in which a motorcyclist rides on the line between two rows of vehicles – is illegal in Connecticut.
All motorists, including motorcyclists, must have liability insurance in Connecticut. This helps cover costs related to personal injury or property damage that you caused others in a motorcycle accident.
The minimum amount of coverage must include:
- Bodily injury liability – $25,000 in coverage per person and $50,000 total if multiple people are injured in the accident.
- Property damage liability – $25,000 in coverage per accident.
You also have the option to purchase additional motorcycle insurance. Unlike motorcycle liability insurance, this type of coverage can help cover your damages from costly injuries or property damage, such as:
- Collision coverage – This helps pay for accident-related damages to your bike.
- Comprehensive coverage – This helps pay for damages to your bike not caused by a motorcycle accident. This can include vandalism, theft or animal collisions.
- Medical expenses – This coverage helps pay for the costs of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
- Towing and labor – This coverage compensates you for the cost of towing and roadside assistance.
At D'Amico & Pettinicchi, our motorcycle accident lawyers in New Britain can review your case and determine if you can draw compensation from your insurance policy or the policy of the at-fault driver.
Schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation today by calling (866) 848-7077.
Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Cases
Motorcycle accidents can cause significant injuries resulting in costly medical treatment. The financial burdens from these expenses can worsen if you suffer a debilitating injury, preventing you from working and earning a living.
This is why it is so important to know the true value of your motorcycle accident case. Our qualified New Britain motorcycle accident attorneys will carefully investigate your accident to determine the full value of the damages you suffered. Damages could include:
- Medical expenses
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damages
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Permanent impairment or loss of function
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
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Motorcycle Accident Claims
Connecticut is a fault-based state, which means the driver and his or her insurance company is responsible for the victim's damages. If you are injured by a negligent driver, you can file a motorcycle accident claim with the at-fault party’s insurer to recover compensation for the damages you suffered.
If we are unable to obtain compensation from the insurance company, we may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. However, we must prove the driver was negligent to recover compensation in a lawsuit.
A New Britain motorcycle accident lawyer will carefully review your claim to identify the four elements of negligence needed to hold the other party liable for your damages. These include:
- Duty of Care – The other party had a duty of care to protect you from any injury or harm. In other words, the other driver needed to take reasonable steps to prevent an injury, such as obeying traffic laws.
- Breach of Duty of Care – The other party failed to uphold his or her duty of care and caused you harm by failing to act as a reasonable person would in a similar situation.
- Causation – The other party’s breach of the duty of care was directly linked to your injuries. This means you need to prove you would not have been injured without the breach of duty of care.
- Damages – You suffered damages because of the accident caused by the other party’s actions. This can include things like medical bills and lost wages.
Statute of Limitations
Connecticut has a two-year deadline or statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims after a motorcycle accident. The time limit begins on the date the accident occurred. If you fail to file within the two-year deadline, you will lose the right to do so.
Our personal injury lawyers in New Britain have a detailed understanding of Connecticut’s personal injury laws and the time limits that apply to these specific cases. We will work hard to ensure that you file your claim within the statute of limitations so you have a chance to pursue favorable compensation.
We look forward to helping you. Call (866) 848-7077 right away.
Why Should I Call a Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
The entire legal process can be challenging if you do not have detailed knowledge of state laws, are unsure how to build a strong case, or do not know how to file the necessary paperwork. For these reasons, you should consider calling a New Britain motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help answer any questions you may have about your situation.
If you decide to move forward, our attorneys will begin building your case by:
- Determining the cause of the accident and your injuries
- Conducting a thorough investigation of the accident scene
- Documenting and gathering any evidence to help us prove negligence occurred
- Communicating with insurance companies on your behalf
- Dealing with the hassle of complex paperwork and filing deadlines
- Fighting for your legal rights to obtain the compensation you deserve
We are committed to serving the best interests of our clients every step of the way.
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Contact D'Amico & Pettinicchi for a Free Consultation
Have you or someone you love been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another’s negligence?
Our New Britain motorcycle accident lawyers at D'Amico & Pettinicchi understand the difficulties many victims and their families face after an accident. This is why we provide a free, no legal obligation consultation to determine if you have a valid claim against the at-fault party.
All of our attorneys work on contingency, which means there are no legal fees or costs involved. You only pay us if we help you recover adequate compensation.