New Haven Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
The injuries that motorcyclists can suffer in an accident can often be life changing and require lifelong treatment and care.
If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury in a motorcycle accident, it is important to have an experienced attorney by your side to help protect your rights. At D’Amico & Pettinicchi, our New Haven motorcycle accident lawyers are ready to fight to help you recover the compensation you deserve. We have recovered millions in verdicts and settlements for our clients and continue to strive for the maximum compensation our clients deserve.
For nearly three decades, our dedicated New Haven personal injury lawyers have committed themselves to providing the highest quality legal services to our clients. All of our attorneys are members of the American Association for Justice and will fight to protect your rights after a motorcycle accident. We have the skills and experience needed to handle serious motorcycle accident claims and will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to review your claim. All of our services are provided at no upfront charge and you only have to pay us if you receive compensation.
Call (866) 848-7077 to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney in New Haven.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You
Often, victims and their families are unsure of where to turn after a motorcycle accident. This uncertainty may be worsened if the insurance company is difficult to work with and is unwilling to provide the compensation you need.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are only interested in saving themselves money. An insurer’s initial offer may only partially cover the full cost of the damages you have suffered. Therefore, it is important to speak with a trusted New Haven motorcycle accident lawyer who can help ensure your best interests are represented.
Mike D’Amico, our firm’s founding partner, is the immediate past president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and has decades of experience handling personal injury claims against insurance companies. This experience can be extremely valuable when negotiating a claim’s compensation against an insurance company.
Our team of qualified motorcycle accident lawyers in New Haven has a proven track record of success and can provide a range of additional services to help build a solid case for your claim. We will work to gather any evidence that supports a direct link between your injuries and the at-fault party’s negligence.
Do not hesitate to take action if you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident. In Connecticut, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim is two-years from the date of injury, or three-years if the injury was discovered at a later date, according to Ct Gen Stat § 52-584.
If you wait until after the statute of limitations ends to file a claim, you will lose your chance to recover compensation from the at-fault party. For this reason, you should contact us as soon as possible for a free, no obligation consultation.
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Compensation after a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accident victims often suffer injuries that result in significant physical pain and financial loss. During your free consultation, our New Haven motorcycle accident attorneys will review your claim to determine if you are entitled to compensatory damages, which may include:
Economic damages are compensation for the monetary losses you suffered after the accident. Essentially, economic damages are intended to make you “whole,” or return you to the financial state you were in before the accident.
Often, motorcycle accident victims can file a claim for economic damages such as:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages or income
- Rehabilitation costs
- Property damage
- Assistive medical equipment
- Loss of earning capacity
Depending on the circumstances behind your motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to additional compensation called non-economic damages. This is compensation for the intangible losses you suffered as a result of the motorcycle crash, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of reputation
- Severe mutilation or disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In addition to compensatory damages, motorcycle accident victims may also be awarded punitive damages in rare cases. However, punitive damages are not meant to compensate a victim for his or her financial losses or pain and suffering.
Instead, punitive damages are intended as a form of monetary punishment toward the at-fault party for an especially reckless, negligent or malicious act. Furthermore, a court will use punitive damages as a way to deter the at-fault party or others from acting in a similar manner.
An experienced New Haven motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to accurately estimate the compensation you may be owed.
Call (866) 848-7077 if you believe you have a case.
Proving You Have a Case Against the At-Fault Driver
In order for you to obtain compensation for your motorcycle accident, you must be able to prove the other driver is at fault for the crash. To do this, you will need to prove the other driver’s negligence was a direct cause of the crash. This will require you to show that four elements of negligence were present during the accident:
- Duty of care: The other driver had an obligation to ensure your safety by acting in a reasonable and cautious manner.
- Breach of duty: The other driver failed to uphold his or her obligation by acting in a negligent or reckless manner, which caused the motorcycle accident that injured you.
- Causation: There is a direct link between the at-fault party’s negligence and the injury you suffered during the motorcycle accident.
- Damages: You suffered damages as a result of the at-fault party’s breach of duty, such as medical expenses or lost wages.
A skilled motorcycle accident lawyer in New Haven will work tirelessly to build a case that supports your claim. He or she will achieve this by gathering evidence such as:
- Medical reports that show the extent of your injuries
- Medical bills that detail the amount of money you spent on treatment
- Video of the accident, if available
- Testimony from eye witnesses who saw the accident occur
- Photographs of the accident scene and surrounding area
- Paystubs or paychecks that detail the wages or income you lost after the accident
- Statements from expert medical witnesses that support the severity of your injury
A knowledgeable New Haven motorcycle accident attorney will understand where to find the evidence you need to construct a case that proves you are entitled to compensation.
To schedule a free consultation, call (866) 848-7077.
Types of Motorcycle Claims We Handle
As experienced New Haven motorcycle accident attorneys, we have the skills and resources that are needed to handle a variety of claims.
A motorcycle accident that involves a collision with another vehicle is considered a personal injury case. This means you must be able to prove the other driver’s negligence caused the crash. Our motorcycle accident lawyers in New Haven handle several negligence claims involving motorcyclists, including:
Motorcycle vs. Car Accidents
Motorcyclists have the same rights as all other motorists sharing the roadway. This means a motorist driving a passenger vehicle must drive in a safe and cautious manner to avoid causing a car accident. A motorist could be liable for a causing an accident if he or she:
- Swerved in front of a motorcyclist
- Cut off a motorcyclist at an intersection
- Traveled faster than the speed limit
- Failed to yield to a motorcyclist
- Neglected to pay attention to surrounding traffic
- Left insufficient space between the passenger vehicle and motorcycle
- Drove under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failed to see a motorcyclist enter or change lanes
Motorcycle vs. Truck Accidents
Because motorcycles provide operators and riders with little physical protection, a collision with a commercial truck can cause serious injuries and debilitations.
If you were injured in truck accident, we will review the cause of the accident to determine who is at fault for the crash. Truck accidents are often caused by:
- Truck driver error
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while tired
- Poorly maintained the truck
- Defective parts
- Poorly loaded cargo
Motorcycle vs. Road Hazards Accidents
Often, motorcycle accidents are caused by hazardous conditions on the roadway that cause motorcyclists to lose control of their vehicle. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimated that 36 percent of Connecticut’s roads were in poor condition in 2013.
Roadway hazards that can lead to motorcycle accidents include:
- Overgrown trees or plants
- Lack of visible signage
- Flooding due to poor drainage
- Debris or other obstructions
- Faded or missing lane markers
- Poorly lit roads or burnt out street lamps
- Uneven pavement
- Malfunctioning traffic signals
A motorcycle accident attorney in New Haven will investigate the roadway hazard that caused your accident to determine if it resulted from another’s negligence.
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Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Because of the lack of protection a motorcycle provides operators and riders, a crash often results in serious and life-threatening injuries like:
- Severe head trauma
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Wrist injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Road rash
- Cuts and lacerations
If you have suffered from any of these injuries, or others not listed here, after an accident, do not wait to contact our trusted New Haven motorcycle accident lawyers for a free consultation to determine if you can recover compensation to help pay for the damages you have experienced because of your injuries.
Contact an Experienced New Haven Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
At D’Amico & Pettinicchi, we understand the hardships that injury victims and their families endure after a crash. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, our compassionate motorcycle accident attorneys in New Haven will provide you with a free review of your claim to determine if the at-fault driver can be held liable for your damages.
We will thoroughly assess the circumstances behind your accident and the pain and suffering you have experienced since the crash. If we find that you have a strong case against the at-fault party, we will relentlessly pursue every option available to help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
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