Connecticut Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

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If you or someone you love has experienced a motorcycle accident and injury caused by someone else, you may have a strong case for compensation.

At Proner & Proner, we have a deep connection to motorcycle riding. One of our founding partners, Mitchell Proner, is a motorcycle enthusiast who has dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of motorcycle accident victims.

Over the years, our team of motorcycle accident attorneys has helped our clients recover more than $400 million in valuable compensation for their losses. If you would like to speak with a lawyer experienced in Connecticut motorcycle accident cases, contact our office for a free consultation.

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Connecticut Roads and Motorcycle Injuries

With approximately 1,000 motorcycle accidents each year, Connecticut roadways can be dangerous places for riders. Sadly, in some cases, motorcycle riders perish, but fortunately, most accidents do not result in fatalities. Still, nearly 300 of the 907 motorcycle accident injuries registered in 2020 were considered severe.

Severe injuries lead to numerous damages that typically place an inordinate amount of stress on victims. For this reason, Proner & Proner attorneys do not settle for less than what our clients need to address their losses.

Common severe injuries experienced on Connecticut roads include:

Any of these injuries could cause significant destruction in your life and would likely lead to a host of recoverable damages, including:

Some of these damages are direct economic damages, while others deal with state of being and emotion. Known as economic and non-economic damages, respectively, both impact motorcycle accident victims deeply and may forever affect their lives.

Punitive damages may also be available for motorcycle accident victims. Punitive damages have the primary purpose of punishing a defendant for especially reckless or intentional egregious behavior.

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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Connecticut

Distracted motorists who are busy talking on their cell phones, texting while driving, or eating and drinking may not see a motorcyclist on the road until it’s too late to avoid a violent collision.
Intoxicated motorists pose a significant risk to all motorists, including motorcyclists. However, motorcyclists may be at the greatest risk of being struck by a drunk driver because their bikes are relatively small and more difficult for an intoxicated driver to see.
Speeding motorists present special risks to motorcyclists because a high-speed collision between a car and a motorcycle can cause catastrophic damage to the much-smaller bike and the biker who is not protected by a seat belt or an airbag.
Drivers of cars and trucks who do not believe that motorcyclists have the same rights to the road may be less likely to yield to a motorcycle, resulting in dangerous collisions and severe injuries.
One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in NY is a car or truck driver who makes an illegal left turn and hits an oncoming motorcycle.
A motorist who runs a red light or goes through a stop sign can do significant damage to a motorcyclist who happens to be passing through the intersection at the same time.
Motorists who refuse to leave enough distance between their motor vehicle and the motorcycle in front of them on the road may not have enough time to bring the vehicle to a complete stop if the motorcyclist suddenly has to hit the brakes.
Motorists who fail to check their mirrors before turning into traffic may not see an approaching motorcycle, resulting in a collision. Since motorcycles tend to be smaller than other vehicles on the road, they can fit into blind spots more easily than cars or trucks.
Potholes, oil slicks, puddles, uneven pavement, gravel on the pavement, and debris left behind by road repair crews can all present dangers to motorcyclists, especially when the road hazards are not clearly visible. Sometimes, the local government or municipality is legally responsible for motorcycle accidents caused by poorly maintained roads.
Poor weather conditions, such as heavy-falling rain and thick fog, can inhibit visibility for the motorcyclist and make it harder for them to maintain control of their bike on a slick roadway.
If a motorcyclist has to swerve their bike to avoid hitting a jaywalking pedestrian, the motorcycle can potentially skid off the roadway and cause serious injuries.
It can also be difficult for a motorcyclist to avoid an animal crossing in the road because it’s not always easy to bring the bike to a sudden stop.
Some motorcycle accidents are caused by improperly installed brakes, misaligned tires, or damaged signal lights.
Defective or recalled parts on a motorcycle, such as a flat tire or a defective engine, can have deadly consequences when the motorcyclist suddenly loses control of their bike on the road. A knowledgeable attorney can help you determine who was responsible for the design or manufacturing defects that caused your motorcycle accident.

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Financial Compensation For Connecticut Motorcycle Accidents

A motorcycle crash often requires urgent medical treatment at an emergency room or trauma center, as well as ambulance or helicopter costs for transportation to the hospital. All of this can result in extremely high medical bills that place a huge burden on the motorcycle accident victim and their family.
If your motorcycle accident resulted in chronic injuries, you may need physical therapy, crutches, leg braces, and pain medication. An attorney can help you get compensated for projected future medical expenses stemming from your motorcycle crash, including hospital follow-up visits, chiropractic care, travel expenses to visit doctors, prescriptions, and rehabilitation.
Depending on the nature of your motorcycle accident and the severity of your injuries, you may be unable to work and earn a paycheck while you recover from your injuries in the weeks and months that follow the crash. Moreover, if your injuries are permanent, you could be looking at lost wages in the future due to reduced earning capacity, as well.
Some motorcycle accidents can cause such severe physical pain and long-lasting emotional trauma, including PTSD, that the victim suffers from reduced quality of life. You may be able to get compensation for non-economic costs related to your motorcycle crash. A knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney can evaluate your accident claim and calculate the appropriate amount of compensation for your pain and suffering.
If a motorcycle accident is particularly severe, the victim may be unable to maintain a healthy relationship with their spouse. This is also known as “loss of consortium,” and you might be able to recover compensation for your loss of companionship stemming from the motorcycle crash.
A motorcycle accident can cause significant property damage, including damage to the bike that requires costly repairs or even replacement.
Some motorcycle crashes cause catastrophic injuries that result in death. If you lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent motorist who caused the accident.

Proner & Proner Has Won Millions For Injured Motorcyclists

At Proner & Proner, our experienced personal injury lawyers understand that a motorcycle accident can have long-lasting effects and leave you struggling to pay medical expenses and other bills in the months and years ahead. That’s why we fight hard during negotiations with the insurance company and, if necessary, at trial to secure maximum compensation for our clients.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about motorcycle accidents and injuries in Connecticut.

It varies. Each motorcycle claim is different. The first step is typically negotiating with an insurance company for a settlement amount. If the insurance company agrees with the number you’re demanding, then the case could be resolved in as little as six months or even less.

 

Having an attorney from the beginning can help move the process along as well.

 

If the insurance company denies your claim or offers you an inadequate settlement amount, then you will have to file a lawsuit. Going this route may be the only way to get the compensation you deserve, but it could take years to reach a verdict.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Connecticut, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages. However, if you sustain an injury in a motorcycle crash but don’t discover it until after the two-year time limit, you may still be able to file a suit.

 

Keep in mind that under no circumstances can you file a lawsuit three or more years after the negligent act that caused your crash.

Motorcycle accident attorneys normally do not charge a specific flat rate for their services. Instead, they tend to operate on a contingency basis, which means they calculate their fees as a percentage of the final settlement or verdict you receive. If the jury awards you nothing, then your lawyer also gets nothing.

 

For clients dealing with mounting losses, the contingency model allows them to use their resources to pay bills and alleviate other post-accident circumstances instead of paying attorney’s fees.

Depending on the facts of your case, you may still be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. Connecticut uses a type of comparative negligence rule that allows negligent injury victims to claim a portion of their damages if they are no more than 50 percent responsible for their injuries.

 

For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 but also finds you to be 50 percent at fault, you will get $50,000. However, if the jury says you are 51 percent at fault, you can’t collect any compensation.

The amount of compensation you can get for your motorcycle accident claim depends on the circumstances of your case. Your settlement or verdict is calculated based on the extent of the damage you suffered. In other words, you will likely be entitled to significant compensation if you have been seriously injured.

 

Your lost income will also play a role. If you have a high salary, your compensation should reflect this. Don’t forget that if the jury determines that you were partially negligent, your compensation may be reduced accordingly.

 

At Proner & Proner, we always fight for maximum compensation so our clients can have the resources they need to continue living their lives. You don’t have to settle for below-par insurance offers when you deserve much more.

Let Proner & Proner Fight to Get You the Compensation You Deserve

You deserve to be on equal footing with the insurance company and its lawyers. They need to know that you have a seasoned attorney representing your interests. Contact Proner & Proner to schedule a free consultation with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer and find out how to move forward with your case.

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Office Location

Even though the firm has successfully represented clients from five continents and over 30 jurisdictions, Proner & Proner serves New York personal injury clients in all five boroughs from our office in Midtown Manhattan.

Proner & Proner
122 E. 42nd St #2015,
New York, NY 10168
212-986-3030