Our Connecticut Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Help Injured Riders and Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones Recover Just Compensation
Riding a motorcycle is a unique experience. Unfortunately, so is being injured in a motorcycle accident. While insurance covers motorcycle accidents, insurance companies routinely blame riders for their own injuries. And in situations involving fatal accidents, they routinely try to deny grieving families just compensation.
At Berkowitz Hanna, our Connecticut motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to helping riders and their loved ones secure the financial compensation they deserve. While we are familiar with the insurance companies’ tactics, we also know that the common perceptions of motorcycle riders are grossly misguided. Yes, some riders push the limit; and yes, some riders do make regrettable mistakes. But, more often than not, it is inattentive, distracted, or reckless drivers who are to blame for serious and fatal motorcycle collisions.
Serious and Fatal Motorcycle Accidents: Know Your Legal Rights in Connecticut
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to ensure that you have a clear understanding of your legal rights. The same is true if you have lost a loved one under circumstances in which someone else may have been to blame. In Connecticut, injured motorcycle riders’ and families’ basic legal rights are as follows:
- You Have the Right to File an Insurance Claim – Like other types of accidents, most motorcycle accidents are the result of driver negligence. This means that securing just compensation involves filing a claim under the at-fault driver’s insurance policy in most cases.
- You Have the Right to Pursue Claims against Non–Drivers That May Be Legally Responsible – In addition to pursuing a claim against the driver, you also have the right to pursue claims against any other parties that played a role in causing the crash. Depending on the circumstances involved, this could include companies ranging from the driver’s employer to your motorcycle’s manufacturer.
- You Have the Right to Secure the Evidence You Need to Prove Liability – In many cases, the evidence you need to prove your claim will not be readily available. And in order to obtain it, you will need to submit a request through formal legal means. The law allows for this, and parties can face significant consequences if they improperly withhold evidence.
- You Have the Right to Recover Economic and Non–Economic Damages – When it comes to recovering your losses, you are entitled to both economic and non-economic damages. This means that you are entitled to compensation for all of the current and future effects of your injuries or your loved one’s death.
- In Egregious Cases, You May Have the Right to Recover Punitive Damages – In cases involving gross negligence or malicious acts (e.g., road rage), punitive damages may also be available. In Connecticut, punitive damages can be awarded in an amount equal to the costs of the litigation plus the plaintiff’s legal fees.
- You Have the Right to Be Treated Fairly – When dealing with the at-fault driver’s insurance company (or your own insurance company) and seeking relief in the courts, you have the right to be treated fairly. Bad-faith insurance practices are prohibited (and can entitle you to additional compensation), and court rules establish clear standards for litigants’ conduct.
- You Have the Right to Decide When (and Whether) to Settle – If you receive a settlement offer, should you accept? Ultimately, this is up to you. You get to decide when (and whether) to settle, and part of our job is to provide you with the information you need in order to make your decision.
What Should You Do After a Serious or Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Connecticut?
So, those are your basic legal rights. What do you need to do in order to protect them? If you have been seriously injured, your first step is to see a doctor. Once you do so, you should follow your doctor’s advice carefully (or seek a second opinion if you feel that one is necessary). It is also a good idea to record as many details as you can remember, and you should be sure to keep any evidence (e.g., photos on your phone and your damaged riding gear) that you have in your possession. Of course, you should also speak with an attorney. For more tips on protecting your legal rights, we encourage you to read our list of common mistakes to avoid.
Speak with a Connecticut Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
For more information about protecting your legal rights after a motorcycle accident in Connecticut, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. We also handle several other personal injury cases such as truck accident, car accident and NFL brain concussion cases. To speak with a trusted attorney in confidence, call us or tell us how we can reach you online now.