You’ve probably heard the saying “Look twice, save a life”. This saying was started to help reduce the number of fatal motorcycle accidents over a decade ago. Unfortunately, not every driver remembers this phrase when they get behind the wheel.
Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable motorists on the road. They are more difficult to see while in traffic, when it is dark outside, and during bad weather. As a result motorcyclists are sometimes overlooked by other drivers on the road.
Accidents involving motorcyclists tend to be more severe due to the lack of protection that motorists have with a car or truck. If you’ve suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident that you believe was not your fault, you may have the right to seek compensation with the help of a South Windsor motorcycle accident lawyer. Call our firm today to work with a trusted personal injury attorney on your claim.
Common Types of Injuries Resulting from Motorcycle Accidents
Getting into an accident on a motorcycle can lead to very serious and even catastrophic injuries. Some of the most common include:
These types of injuries can lead to temporary or permanent disability, thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages, and tremendous pain and suffering. Having a South Windsor motorcycle accident attorney review injuries to determine the extent of damages is wise, considering the stakes. Our team could help an injured biker ensure any negotiations or settlement packages adequately cover all past, present, and future effects of their injuries.
Some Relevant Connecticut Laws Concerning Motorcycles
Most people are familiar with the basic rules of the road, but there are plenty of laws pertaining to motorcycles that are often overlooked, such as Connecticut General Statutes § 14-289b, which prohibits lane splitting. Knowledge of the finer points of the law can be useful when attempting to increase the value of a claim to get a higher payout, or getting a settlement or award in general.
Connecticut does not have a blanket motorcycle helmet mandate except for those under 18. However, it does require $20,000 of bodily injury coverage per person and $10,000 of property damage insurance per person. As far as liability coverage is concerned, the state requires at least 25/50/10 coverage. When a defendant has not met their insurance requirements under the law, an attorney can advise on how to proceed.
Putting Together a Successful Case
A successful case involves evidence-gathering, ensuring compliance with legal requirements, and keeping track of related expenses. But success also depends on meeting deadlines, which in the case of personal injury means a two-year statute of limitations. This law gives an injured biker two years from the date of discovering their injuries to pursue a claim before they are barred for time.
Because there is so much to do in investigating and assembling a case, two years is a relatively short amount of time. However, with a trusted South Windsor motorcycle accident attorney on their side, an injured person should find it much easier to get their claim submitted before the deadline has passed.
Other Ways Our Team Could Help
We’re not TV lawyers. We’re conveniently located and have been working for our neighbors, giving personal service, clear answers, and timely results for more than 30 years.
In addition to representing your motorcycle accident claim, we can:
- Suggest medical specialists to assist with your care
- Provide practical solutions to your motorcycle repair and transportation problems
- Review your insurance policy to uncover additional benefits
- Explain how Connecticut laws affect your case and medical bill payments
Our South Windsor motorcycle accident attorneys know exactly how to handle cases like yours.
Injured bikers who attempt to go it alone without legal representation are vulnerable to lowball settlement offers by insurance adjusters trying to reduce their company’s overall liability. Another insurer tactic is trapping claimants into making statements against their own interest, which the insurer can use down the road to reduce what they are required to pay. A qualified South Windsor motorcycle injury attorney will have dealt with these issues before and know what to do to combat them.
Trust In a South Windsor Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Your riding experience and skills may have helped reduce the severity of your accident, but most likely, there was nothing you could do to avoid it. And you didn’t cause it.
The damages to your bike may be undervalued by adjusters. We can help you get an accurate damage assessment to cover the details often overlooked by people who don’t know what they’re looking at – or how much it will cost to fix.
Call Berman & Russo South Windsor motorcycle accident lawyers or contact us online. We can guide you through the claim process and make it easy.
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