Motorcycle Accidents

Bridgeport Accident Attorney

Motorcycle accidents often have catastrophic consequences. Single vehicle and hit-and-run motorcycle accidents are common, with victims going undiscovered for hours or longer. Motorcycle accident survivors may be permanently disabled, unable to work again and even requiring 24-hour care. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or are caring for a loved one who was incapacitated in a crash, a Bridgeport motorcycle accident attorney is here to help.

Motorcycle Accident Causes

The majority of motorcycle accidents are the result of a driver violating a motorcyclists’ right of way. While there have been campaigns to increase awareness so that drivers will “see” motorcycles, and some have heeded the message, it is unlikely that negligent and distracted driving will be eradicated from our culture in the near future.

Motorcycle defects, including design defects and defective parts can also cause motorcycle accidents. Defective helmets can cause injuries in the event of an accident.

Motorcycle accidents and injuries can be the result of a defective roadway. Defects such as poor road design or debris left in the road can cause an accident. Other types of defects, such as lack of padding on guardrails, can cause severe injuries when accidents occur.

Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycle accident injuries are very likely to be severe. Brain and spinal cord injuries are very common because your body is fully exposed when you ride. Road rash, in a motorcycle accident, can be so severe that body parts are literally ground away. Common motorcycle injuries include:

  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Severe road rash
  • Back injury
  • Facial injury
  • Amputations
  • Severe burns
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Crush injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Coma
  • Death

Helmet Law

In Connecticut, if you are 18 or over and hold a motorcycle license, you are not required to wear a helmet. Contrary to what many believe, you can recover compensation if you were not wearing a helmet. Helmets do not prevent accidents, and they do not protect against or minimize all types of injuries.

If you were not wearing a helmet, you sustain head or brain injury, and it can be shown that a helmet would have reduced the severity of your injury, your compensation may be reduced.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in Bridgeport, or anywhere in Connecticut, please call a Bridgeport accident attorney of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation with an accident attorney is free, and if we agree to represent you, we will work for a contingent fee, which means we won’t get paid for our services unless you receive a settlement or an award. In Connecticut, an accident lawsuit must be filed before the expiration of the statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.