The aftermath of a motorcycle accident is a challenging time. In a split second, everything changes. Your priority becomes focusing on your physical recovery. You can’t work. You may not be able to participate in the activities you used to enjoy. You will likely miss out on spending quality time with your family – all because of another driver’s mistake. At the Stamford motorcycle accident law firm, Berkowitz Hanna, we help our clients obtain the compensation they need and deserve after a serious accident. Our skilled Stamford motorcycle accident lawyers understand the difficulties this time presents to you and your family and take special care to ease as many burdens as possible.
A motorcycle wreck can change your life in an instant. Stamford motorcycle accidents frequently cause serious, lifelong injuries, including:
Determining which parties are potentially liable for your injuries is one of the first steps in the recovery process. Most motorcycle accidents are the result of another driver’s negligence. One typical example is a driver who doesn’t see a motorcyclist because they were distracted or not paying attention to the road. If you were injured due to another motorist’s recklessness or negligence, you can file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
When figuring out who is liable for your injuries, an experienced Stamford motorcycle accident lawyer knows to look beyond the other drivers involved. In some situations, other parties might have contributed to the accident. For example, the state or local government may be responsible for your injuries if the accident was partially caused by poorly maintained roads or a lack of signage. Similarly, if a defective part on your motorcycle caused you to get into an accident, the manufacturer may be held responsible.
After suffering serious injuries in a Stamford motorcycle accident, it is common to have many questions. The personal injury recovery process is not always straightforward, and insurance companies often try to take advantage of accident victims when they are at their most vulnerable. A few of the more common questions include:
Yes, however, the insurance company will likely try to argue that you should receive less compensation because you were not wearing a helmet. Connecticut is a modified comparative fault state, meaning the court will reduce an accident victim’s total recovery amount by their own percentage of fault. In a way, this is good news because it means even injury victims who share some responsibility for causing an accident can recover for their injuries. However, insurance companies try to take advantage of this by unfairly shifting blame onto accident victims. Of course, helmets cannot protect against all injuries. At Berkowitz Hanna, our Stamford motorcycle accident attorneys are familiar with the insurance companies’ tactics and can help you pursue maximum compensation.
If you were hurt as a passenger in a single-vehicle Stamford motorcycle accident, you can file a claim against the driver, with your own insurance company, or in certain situations, against another third-party. The most common claim in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident is against the driver. Maybe the driver was going too fast around a corner and laid the bike down? Or perhaps the driver lost control of the bike, and it veered off the road and into a ditch? In either case, the operator of the motorcycle may be responsible for your injuries.
It is important to keep in mind that a claim against the driver won’t mean the driver has to pay for your injuries out-of-pocket. If the driver has insurance, the insurance company will be on the hook.
The vast majority of motorcycle accidents are entirely preventable, and those responsible for your injuries should be held accountable. If you or someone you love has recently been injured in a Stamford motorcycle accident, contact Berkowitz Hanna. Our team of injury lawyers has the knowledge, skill, and tenacity to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We routinely go toe-to-toe with large insurance companies, and will not hesitate to take your case to trial if the insurance company is unwilling to offer you a fair settlement.
Our experienced accident attorneys also handle all types of injury cases, such as auto accidents, trucking accidents, and medical errors. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation today, call or connect with us online.