Waterbury Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Many motorcycle accidents are the result of other motorists not paying attention while they are driving and the resulting injuries can be life changing for everyone involved. Have you or a loved one suffered a serious motorcycle accident injury?
At the law offices of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, our award winning motorcycle accident lawyers have decades of experience handing accident injury lawsuits. Our co-founding partner - attorney Mike D'Amico - is the Immediate Past President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the Waterbury Bar Association. Mike is also a member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy and a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, where membership is limited to attorneys that have obtained multi-million dollar settlements or verdicts. Less than 1% of lawyers in the United States are members.
Our office is located just minutes from the Waterbury Courthouse and we charge no upfront fees to handle your claim.
For your free case review, call our legal professionals today toll free at (866) 848-7077.
Are You Eligible To File A Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?
If you have been riding a motorcycle and hit by another vehicle through no fault of your own, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit for financial compensation. While many riders may think that they can only file a claim against the motorist that caused the crash, there are a number of other parties that may also be liable:
- Manufacturer - if a defective part failed and that failure caused or contributed to your accident, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer.
- Dealership - if you purchased your motorcycle from a motorcycle dealership and there was a fault with the motorcycle at the time of purchase, you may be eligible to file a claim against that dealer.
- Government - if the road that you were traveling on caused or contributed to your accident (an example would be a pothole), you may be eligible to pursue a claim against the government.
However, it's important to note that in order to provide your lawsuit with the best possible chance of success, you will need to establish liability, which will often include proving:
- The accident was caused - either completely or partially - by either another motorist, the defective part on your motorcycle or due to the dangerous road surface.
- The injuries that you sustained in the crash were a direct result of the accident.
When trying to establish liability, it's helpful to have as much information about the accident as possible. While it can be difficult to obtain information from the crash scene shortly after the accident, if at all possible, try to collect the contact information of any other motorists that were involved in the accident. If you - or a family member - are able to obtain any pictures of the accident scene (a cellphone camera can be useful taking these photos) and also the contact details from any witnesses that saw the accident, that information can help your lawyer to build a more robust argument for your compensation claim.
While you are gathering information about the collision, you may also like to obtain a copy of the Police accident report. The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection website has information about the process of obtaining that report. As mandated by Section 29-10b under Connecticut General Statute, there is a non-refundable, $16.00 search fee for this service.
Time Limits For Filing A Claim In Connecticut
There is a two year Statute of Limitations for personal injury claims in Connecticut"
Based on the Connecticut General Statutes Chapter 925 Section 52-58, motorcycle accident victims in Connecticut have up to two years from the date of their accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If property was also damaged during the accident, the same time limit of two years applies. These filing limits are commonly known as the Statute of Limitations.
If you are unsure about your specific incident, our lawyers welcome the opportunity to review the details of your claim and can help to provide answers to your legal questions.
What Damages Can I Recover In a Lawsuit?
Many injuries from motorcycle accidents can take extended periods of time to recover from and can leave riders with long term disabilities that require a lifetime of treatment.
While every motorcycle accident lawsuit is different, in the state of Connecticut, there are two types of damages that are recoverable:
- Economic - these damages refer to verifiable financial losses, which may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Damage to property
- Punitive damages
- Non-Economic Damages - these damages are generally applicable for:
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of companionship
- Emotion anguish
In most instances, a lawyer can help to evaluate your claim and calculate an estimate of these damages. This process is required before a claim is filed.
Our Waterbury motorcycle accident attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of the personal injury laws in Connecticut and have the resources to also work with accident re-construction teams to help build a strong argument for your lawsuit.
We have successfully recovered from than $25,000,000 in compensation specifically from automotive accident cases that we have handled.
How A Lawyer Can Help With Your Damages Claim
Shortly after being involved in an accident, most victims will be contacted by the insurance company of the at-fault driver.
While the insurance representative will appear to be friendly and "on your side", it's important to understand that their main goal is to not pay you any compensation for your injuries &/or for damages to your motorcycle.
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Insurance companies operate by providing a profit to their shareholders - not by compensating motorists that have been involved in an accident with one of their policy holders.
In many instances, the insurance company will offer a settlement figure that is considerably less than the amount a lawyer may be able to negotiate on your behalf.
At D'Amico & Pettinicchi, we understand the tactics that insurance companies often use on unsuspecting victims and we have the experience to help protect your rights.
Mike D'Amico - one of our founding partners - is an award winning lawyer that has been helping Connecticut accident injury victims and their families to recover the compensation that they deserve since 1990.
Contact Our Waterbury Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
For more information about how the law offices of D'Amico & Pettinicchi can help with your motorcycle accident claim, call us today toll free at (866) 848-7077.
We offer a free, no obligation review of your incident and we also charge no upfront fees to handle your claim.
Our lawyers have recovered more than $75,000,000 in compensation for our clients and we have decades of experience helping Connecticut injury victims to obtain the justice that they deserve.