Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Hartford, CT
Unlike automobiles, motorcycles offer no physical protections to motorcycle riders. Motorcycle accident victims commonly suffer catastrophic injuries leaving them permanently disabled. If you suffered an injury due to a motorcycle accident, representation by an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Hartford, CT is essential.
Talk with a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
A motorcycle accident is often a life altering event. To obtain financial compensation for your injuries, you need to understand your legal rights. Contact the motorcycle accident lawyers at the Carter Mario Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation.
Things to consider after a motorcycle accident in Hartford:
- Can you afford a Hartford motorcycle accident lawyer?
- How do I find the right motorcycle accident lawyer?
Trust Carter Mario’s Combined 30+ Years of Experience
The seasoned attorneys at the Carter Mario Law Firm have been representing injured victims in a variety of legal matters for over 30 years. During this time, our attorneys have recovered over One Billion Dollars on behalf of our clients. While each case is different, our attorneys use their intense advocacy skills to obtain the best possible result.
Example Motorcycle Collision Settlements
The motorcycle accident attorneys at the Carter Mario Law Firm use their litigation and negotiation skills to obtain favorable settlements on behalf of our injured clients. Specifically, our attorneys have obtained settlements on motorcycle collisions including:
- A $2,400,000 settlement for a motorcycle accident victim struck by an SUV.
- A $621,000 settlement for a motorcycle accident victim hit by a negligent driver executing an illegal left turn.
- A $1,250,000 settlement for a motorcycle accident victim who was injured in a head-on collision.
See more of our Case Results for more examples of how Carter Mario fights for injured victims.
Standing Up for Motorcycle Accident Victims
A study by the Connecticut State Department of Public Health found 907 motorcycle accidents occured in 2020. Of these 907 collisions, 66 resulted in motorcycle riders losing their lives. Because of the severe injuries and high rates of death that occur in motorcycle accidents, insurance companies hire aggressive defense attorneys to defend motorcycle lawsuits. The attorneys at the Carter Mario Law Firm are not afraid to litigate difficult cases on behalf of their clients against powerful insurance companies and their defense attorneys.
Steps to Take After Suffering a Motorcycle Injury
The time following your motorcycle accident is crucial. Following these steps can increase the strength of your case:
- Contact the police
- Do not speak with the other driver
- Seek medical attention
- Identify possible witnesses
- Photograph the scene of the collision
- Photograph your injuries
- Do not speak with the other driver’s insurance company
- Contact a Hartford motorcycle accident lawyer
By following these steps, you maximize the possibility of your injuries being documented and properly treated. Additionally, you also increase the chances of vital evidence being recorded and preserved, which can increase the strength of your case.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents occur for a variety of reasons. The common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Drivers driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Drivers failing to pay full time and attention to their surroundings
- Drivers following too closely
- Drivers performing unsafe lane changes
Connecticut Motorcycle Helmet Laws
Unlike many other states, Connecticut does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets. However, Connecticut State law requires motorcycle drivers and passengers under the age of 18 to wear helmets while driving or riding a motorcycle. Underage drivers or passengers who fail to wear helmets face a potential fine of at least $90.
Proving Negligence in a Motorcycle Injury Case in Hartford
To win your motorcycle accident lawsuit, you have to prove the other driver committed an act of negligence that caused the collision. Specifically, you must prove the other driver caused the collision by a preponderance of the evidence, i.e., 51%. Additionally, you must also prove the collision caused you to suffer injuries and damages.
Damages You May Recover in Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
Damages is another way of describing the compensation you seek in a personal injury lawsuit. You can seek compensatory damages for your past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, and other expenses for rehabilitation and medical treatment. You can also seek non-compensatory damages for the pain and suffering you endured because of your injuries.
What Are Compensatory & Non-Compensatory Damages?
According to Connecticut State law, compensatory damages are the economic losses you suffered due to another person’s negligence. In addition to your medical expenses, you can seek compensation for the cost of your rehabilitative care and your reduced earning capacity if you cannot return to work fully. Connecticut State law defines non-compensatory damages as your non-economic losses, such as the physical pain and mental trauma you experienced.
Statute of Limitations on Motorcycle Accidents in Hartford
Each state has its own statute of limitations. This means if an injured victim does not file a lawsuit within a certain period of time following an accident, they lose their right to sue. Under Connecticut State law, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases, including those involving motorcycles, is two years.
Talk with the Hartford Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Carter Mario
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be awarded significant financial compensation to recover from your injuries. The motorcycle collision attorneys at the Carter Mario Law Firm are not afraid to litigate difficult cases. Contact us for a free and confidential consultation.