Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents

What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?

Just as auto accidents can result from a number of situations, some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Driver inattention
  • Impaired or distracted driving
  • High speed
  • Bad road conditions
  • Visibility issues
  • Bad weather

If you were injured in an accident as the result of another person's negligence-or careless actions-you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

What motorcycle insurance coverage is required in Connecticut?

All vehicles registered in the state of Connecticut must carry liability insurance, and the insurance must be actively maintained. When a person cancels an insurance policy on a vehicle, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is notified.

The required amounts of insurance coverage in Connecticut include:

  • $10,000 per accident for property damage liability
  • $20,000 per person, per accident for bodily injury liability
  • $40,000 per accident for bodily injury liability

Who is required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?

Laws pertaining to motorcycle helmet usage can be different for each state. In Connecticut, motorcycle riders and passengers are required to wear helmets if they are age 17 or younger. Although it is not mandated by law that riders of all ages wear helmets while riding motorcycles, it could save your life in the event of an accident.

What can I get compensation for if I've been injured in a motorcycle accident?

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that wasn't your fault, you may be entitled to receive compensation for:

  • Lost wages from missed time at work;
  • Medical bills and other medical-related costs, including past and future expenses;
  • Pain and suffering, such as scarring or permanent injuries.

At Carter Mario Injury Lawyers, our Connecticut personal injury lawyers can help you determine how much your case is worth, and we'll fight for the compensation you're owed.

What are the laws in Connecticut for riding a motorcycle?

To own and operate a motorcycle in Connecticut, there are a few laws you must abide by in addition to normal traffic laws. This includes registering your motor vehicle as a motorcycle with the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. You must also obtain an "M" endorsement on your driver's license, which requires you to pass a written test and a driving test. To pass the tests, you will have to demonstrate that you understand how to carefully operate a motorcycle.

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