Nationwide, approximately 14 percent of traffic accident fatalities are motorcyclists. In Connecticut that number is 20 percent, according to AAA. Approximately 25 percent of these fatalities are linked with alcohol use. In a single week alone in 2019, Connecticut saw six motorcycle deaths. These alarming statistics highlight just how severe a problem motorcycle crashes are in Connecticut.
Motorcycle crashes are not limited to Connecticut, of course. Across the United States, there were over 5,000 motorcycle accident fatalities last year. For the families of these motorcycle accident victims, life will never be the same again. And although no amount of financial compensation can bring back the loss of a beloved family member, receiving fair compensation from the insurance company can help your family prepare for the future.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a Connecticut motorcycle crash, contact the Law Firm of Kass & Moses today. Approximately 80 percent of bikers involved in a crash will either be injured or killed, and most injuries are severe. These injuries will require weeks or even months off of work for rehabilitation efforts and medical care. Some people will have lifelong disabilities due to their injuries. Few of us are prepared to face tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. If you have been hurt due to a speeding, distracted, or impaired driver, contact our team at the Law Firm of Kass & Moses today.
Losses Incurred by Motorcycle Accident Victims
The damages to your bike in a motorcycle crash usually represent just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your total losses. Medical bills resulting from your motorcycle accident often are tens of thousands of dollars. Even with medical insurance, few of us are prepared for such catastrophic costs.
In addition to the costs of medical care at the time of the crash, there are future medical costs to consider. Depending upon your injuries, you may require long-term services like physical therapy or occupational therapy. You may require surgery or medical aids in the future due to your injuries. You may even need life-long medical care to assist with daily living activities.
Beyond just your medical costs, we also must factor in your pain and suffering. No one would choose to undergo such tremendous pain. The pain you experience disrupts your life and the lives of those around you. You may find yourself struggling just to make it from day to day. Emotionally, of course, you suffer as well.
Finally, we must consider your lost wages. Most people involved in a motorcycle accident will require some time off work in order to attend to their injuries. And for some, they will not be able to return to their former occupation. Some bikers with serious injuries may be so disabled they can no longer work and support themselves and their family.
As you can see, even if you did not suffer fatal injuries, you may still have incurred tremendous losses. Whether you had road rash, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, or other significant injuries, we can help you recover compensation from the insurance company that is fair and just. This compensation should meet your needs both now and in the future.
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What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Connecticut
If you have been involved in a Connecticut motorcycle accident, there are some important steps you can take to protect your rights. It is important to contact law enforcement personnel immediately after your crash. The police report can be a vital part of the package presented to the insurance company. This report is important as it explains exactly how the crash occurred.
Sometimes, however, the police accident report is wrong. Far too often, these reports are skewed in favor of the motorist as there is an inherent bias many police officers have against the motorcycle community. Our accident reconstruction experts will take the report into consideration, but can usually reconstruct the crash from evidence collected at the scene.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, you need to receive prompt and proper medical care. Calling for paramedics is a great first step in ensuring your future rights are protected. The emergency medical technicians can provide care on the scene and take you to the hospital for further assessment and treatment. It is important to have your injuries treated and documented as soon after the crash as possible.
Whether you have suffered head injuries, broken bones, or other serious injuries, it is important to follow the advice of your physician. It can be disheartening to be told you will require lengthy treatments like physical therapy, for example, but this care can help restore you to health. By adhering to the advice of medical personnel, you demonstrate to the insurance company that you are serious about recovering from your crash and that your pain and disability is affecting your life.
Keep records of all transactions surrounding your Connecticut motorcycle crash. If you have photos from the scene, retain them as your motorcycle accident lawyer can use them. Keep a copy of the police report and any medical reports that you receive. Although most if not all of this information can be secured after your motorcycle accident, it makes that much quicker to begin the compensation recovery process.
If your accident occurred in a public area, there were probably witnesses. If possible, collect the contact information from these witnesses. They can be used to support your case against the other drivers should that be required.
Finally, be careful what you say to the insurance adjuster. Remember that they do not work for you. Their ultimate goal is to pay out as little money as possible for your personal injury compensation claim. They win when you lose. They will probably be friendly on the phone and seem caring, but remember that the words you say to them can be used against you. You may say that you are doing well, just as part of a normal conversation. They may then use this single phrase to demonstrate that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.
Rather than talking to the insurance company yourself, it is always best to have a Connecticut motorcycle accident attorney speak for you. Attorneys are well-versed on Connecticut law and can work to get you compensation for your motorcycle accident claims that is just and in line with the severity of your injuries.
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The stakes are high, so we encourage all bikers to regularly participate in a motorcycle safety course. Even experienced motorcycle riders are sure to learn some new tips and sharpen up rusty skills. And veteran bikers can share their knowledge with the group. By making safety a priority, you help reduce your chances of being involved in a crash. As Connecticut motorcycle crash lawyers who have represented hundreds of injured bikers, our team can tell you that the damages incurred in a motorcycle crash extend far beyond the financial.
After a motorcycle crash involving serious injuries or the loss of a loved one, you and your family need to focus on healing. Whether healing means mourning the loss of a family member and regrouping for the future, or participating in ongoing therapy in an effort to regain lost function, your time and efforts should not be focused on paying bills and fighting for your rights. But those bills will continue to stack up. That is why it is important to have a lawyer on your side. We put you first, and allow you to focus on regaining your life while we attend to your financial future.
Connecticut Motorcycle Law
Requirements for legally riding a motorcycle vary from state to state. The Kass & Moses team can confidently answer your questions about the specifics of Connecticut’s motorcycle laws. Below are a few rules of the road that every local rider should keep in mind:
- Anyone under 18 years of age or riding with an instructional permit must wear a helmet.
- When riding with a passenger, you must have a passenger seat and passenger footrests.
- Lane splitting is not allowed, however you may share the lane with one other motorcycle.
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