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Bicycle Accidents

Connecticut Bicycle Accident Attorney


Handling Complex Bike Accident Claims

Whether you ride your bike to work, participate in races, or simply enjoying getting outside and riding around, you know the importance of staying safe while sharing the road with fellow cyclists and motorists. Unfortunately, this level of care is not always reciprocated. All too often, drivers are incredibly careless—or even downright reckless—when driving near bicyclists. This can have disastrous, or even deadly, results.

If you or someone you love was involved in a bicycle accident, and you believe someone else’s negligence was to blame, reach out to the team at Carter Mario Law Firm. Since 1989, our Connecticut bicycle accident lawyers have been fighting for the rights of injured individuals, as well as the families of those wrongfully killed throughout the state. We understand the challenges you are facing, and we know how to help you fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

Give us a call at (203) 806-9256 or contact us online today to request a free, no-obligation consultation. Hablamos español.

Connecticut Bicycle Laws: What You Need to Know

Anyone who rides a bicycle in the state of Connecticut should know and follow all applicable laws. Here, we’ve provided a brief overview of the state’s bicycle laws, but we also encourage you to research specific laws in your city or municipality, as they may differ from the state’s.

Here are some Connecticut bicycle laws that you should know:

  • All children under the age of 16 must wear an approved bicycle helmet when riding a bike, skateboard, or non-motorized scooter or while roller skating or rollerblading
  • Any bicyclist traveling on a roadway has all the same rights and responsibilities as anyone operating a car, truck, or another type of motor vehicle
  • When sharing the road, bicyclists must ride with the flow of traffic; they should use bike lanes when available and ride as far to the right as possible, but they may use the full lane
  • Two bicyclists are permitted to ride abreast (side by side), but no more than two bicyclists may do so
  • Bicyclists must come to a full and complete stop at all red lights and stop signs; when riding lawfully on a sidewalk or in a crosswalk, bicyclists must obey “walk/do not walk” signals
  • When riding at night or when there is poor visibility, cyclists must equip their bikes with the proper front lights and rear reflectors/lights and materials

It’s also important to note that motorists are required to leave a minimum of three feet between their vehicles and bicyclists when passing bicyclists, and they must leave at least three feet of passing area around bicyclists when they are entering or exiting driveways and alleyways.

Proving Fault in a Bicycle Accident Case

Even when bicyclists follow all applicable laws and utilize caution, they cannot always predict what other cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists will do. Because of this, they can’t always prevent accidents.

The most common cause of bicycle accidents is negligence, whether it’s the negligence of a motorist, a pedestrian, or even the bicyclist. This means that most bicycle accidents are entirely preventable. If you believe your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim.

Some common examples of how negligence leads to bicycle accidents include:

  • A distracted driver veering into a bicycle lane
  • A motorist failing to look for oncoming bicyclists before making an unprotected left turn
  • A drunk driver failing to see a bicyclist riding at night
  • A pedestrian crossing on a “do not walk” sign across the path of an oncoming cyclist
  • An automobile passenger carelessly opening a car door into a bike path
  • Another cyclist failing to stop at a stop sign
  • A motorist failing to yield the right-of-way to a bicyclist

Individuals are not the only ones who can be negligent or at-fault for a bicycle accident. If a cyclist is injured in an accident due to defective road conditions (such as potholes, missing bike lanes, etc.), defective bike parts or safety gear, or additional outside factors, he or she may have a claim against a liable third party.

Proving fault in your bicycle accident claim is important, as you can only file a personal injury claim if you can prove that someone else is legally liable for your damages. Because Connecticut follows a rule of modified comparative negligence, you can still recover compensation if you were partially at fault for the accident, but only if you were less than 50% to blame. Even then, your total recovery will be reduced by your at-fault percentage, so it is important that you work with an attorney who can help you prove the other party’s negligence and fight back against insurance company tactics to pin the blame on you.

Common Injuries & Damages

Even when wearing the proper safety gear, bicyclists simply don’t have the same protections as a person in a motor vehicle. As a result, they are highly likely to sustain severe, catastrophic injuries in the event of a crash. Tragically, many bicycle accident victims die due to their injuries.

Common bicycle accident injuries include:

  • Accidental amputation
  • Brain injuries
  • Broken bones/fractures
  • Facial injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Road rash
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Spine injuries

These and other similarly severe injuries can lead to lifelong consequences for victims, including chronic pain and permanent disability. The cost of treating such injuries, including the costs associated with missed work, is enormous.

At Carter Mario Law Firm, our Connecticut bicycle accident lawyers help injured cyclists fight to recover compensation for all of their damages, including but not limited to:

  • Emergency medical care costs
  • Ambulance/hospital fees
  • Surgeries, rehabilitation therapy, and other treatments
  • Projected future medical expenses
  • Lost wages/income, including future lost earnings
  • Lost earning capacity/disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost quality of life
  • Anxiety, depression, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Counseling services

Our goal is to serve as your voice throughout the legal process while fighting aggressively to secure the financial resources you need to get back on your feet.

Request a Free Consultation

Our team at Carter Mario Law Firm is ready to answer your questions and guide you through the next steps. We prioritize client service and will do everything possible to ensure you feel comfortable and cared for when you turn to our firm. We answer our phones 24/7 and provide clients with online access to their files. Your team of four dedicated legal professionals will be there for you every step of the way, providing the guidance and support you need.

We offer a No-Fee Warranty, meaning you do not owe any attorneys’ fees whatsoever unless we recover compensation for you. You will always get more money than your attorney. We provide legal services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and can travel to meet you at your home or in the hospital is necessary.

Learn more when you call (203) 806-9256 or contact us online to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with our Connecticut bicycle accident attorneys.

CLIENT VICTORIES

We've Recovered Hundreds of Millions for Clients Throughout Connecticut
  • Failure to Treat $3,900,000

    Gastroenterologist and primary care doctor failed to treat or transfer our 65-year-old client who was hospitalized for GI bleeding, which resulted in our client’s death.

  • Illegal Left-Hand Turn $2,400,000

    A 17-year-old driving an SUV made an illegal left-hand turn at a T-intersection in a residential neighborhood. The driver hit our 36-year-old client and suffered severe head and brain trauma; multiple fractures to his face and skull; multiple rib fractures; cervical vertebrae fracture; left femur, left hand, and left foot fractures; a punctured lung.

  • Pedestrian Accident $2,400,000

    Our client was a pedestrian that was struck by a car. This accident caused a severe injury that resulted in leg amputation.

  • Head-On Collision Results in Passenger’s Death $2,300,000

    A 23-year-old male was a passenger in a vehicle that crossed into the path of a school bus and struck it head-on, which resulted in his death.

  • Cable Man Slipped on a Half Inch of Ice in the Entryway $2,250,000

    A 34-year-old man was installing cable television equipment at a condominium complex when he slipped on a half-inch of ice in the entryway, causing him to fall on his back and hit his head. As a result, the man underwent three invasive procedures due to lumbar spine injuries. Despite the procedures, he was determined to be 40 percent disabled, limiting his future ability to work in a full-time, labor-intensive position.

  • Low-Impact Sideswipe $2,050,000

    A 34-year-old driver was sideswiped on the highway and later developed failed back syndrome, leaving him unable to work and suffering from chronic pain.

  • Fall on Ice $1,900,000

    Our diabetic client fell on the ice and broke their ankle. Rubbing from the ankle cast caused a non-healing wound which led to leg amputation.

  • Death Due to Failure to Diagnose $1,650,000

    Death due to failure to diagnose skin cancer.

  • Scooter Accident $1,250,000

    A scooter operator was hit after the defendant attempted to make a left-hand turn. The client suffered severe injuries, including a fractured hip and a concussion.

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WHY CHOOSE CARTER MARIO LAW FIRM?

  • Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Recovered

    We have secured countless victories on behalf of injured clients throughout the state of Connecticut since 1989.

  • Experience on Your Side

    We have been fighting for personal injury victims throughout Connecticut for more than three decades, and we're just getting started. 

  • Committed to Our Community

    We are dedicated to serving our community inside and outside of the courtroom, and even run a statewide outreach initiative to give back.

  • A Team That Puts You First

    At Carter Mario Law Firm, our clients are our number one priority. This is why we provide every client with 24/7 access to the legal team working on their case.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Real Stories from Real People
  • Client
    Such a great experience.

    “I had such a great experience with Carter Mario Law Firm. Everyone was amazing, helpful and comforting during this stressful time.”

    - Michelle P.
  • Client
    It felt really good to have someone.

    “My son suffered an injury after being hurt in a car accident, and it felt really good to have someone fighting for the person you love.”

    - Alex M.
  • Client
    Took so much stress off of me.

    “When I had my work-related injury, Carter Mario took on the workers’ comp insurance company that tried to belittle me and dealt with them, which took so much stress off of me. Thank you so much.”

    - Ruth H.
  • Client
    The team has helped me incredibly.

    “Excellent client services and professional. The team has helped me incredibly throughout the aftermath of an accident from day one.”

    - Jeremy G.
  • Client
    Tough and fearless.

    “Look no further, you have found the best personal injury law firm in Connecticut. Tough and fearless, and I cannot think of anyone better to represent me.”

    - Phillip Y.
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