Hartford Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
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Hartford Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Our seasoned Hartford motorcycle accident lawyers want to minimize your burdens during this challenging time. Providing frequent case updates and being available to answer your questions are priorities for us. When you hire us, our goal is to maximize your recovery to get you the compensation you are entitled to receive. We are advocates of justice for all motorcycle accident victims in Hartford.
Hartford’s Most Dangerous Roads For Motorcycles
The Connecticut Department of Transportation reports that despite decreased traffic rates in 2020, traffic deaths were approximately 20 percent higher than the previous year. Less traffic and other conditions led to more speeding and more driving while intoxicated, which likely contributed to many of these crashes, including motorcycle crashes. In 2020 alone, 907 motorcyclists lost their lives on Connecticut roads; 87 were passengers, and the remaining were operators.
Without the protection of seatbelts, airbags, crumple zones, and other safety features found in passenger vehicles, motorcycle accidents can result in severe or even fatal injuries.
Motorcycles are particularly vulnerable on certain roadways in Hartford, and the most dangerous streets and intersections in Hartford include:
- Interstate 84
- Interstate 91
- Route 2
- Wilbur Cross Highway (part of Route 15)
- Conlin–Whitehead Highway
- Route 44
- Route 173
- The intersection of Ella T. Grasso and Columbus Avenue
- Main Street
- Market Street
- Garden Street and Liberty Street
Streets and intersections can be dangerous for several different reasons. For example:
- Numerous exits on highways
- Worn pavement
- Roads and intersections with poor design
- Roads and bridges that aren’t structurally sound
- Narrow roads stressed by local traffic capacity
- Roads lacking necessary safety features
- Frequent road construction projects
- Weather and roads that aren’t adequately cleared or treated for ice and snow
Keep in mind that it’s not always poor road conditions that lead to accidents. Many times, it’s the sheer negligence of other motorists. No matter what caused your accident, you can rely on a Hartford motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm to help you recover your damages.
Causes of Hartford Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents in Hartford can be the result of many factors. Some of the most common ones we deal with are:
While Connecticut offers beautiful scenery for motorcyclists in almost every season, winters can be treacherous. Winter weather such as cold temperatures, ice, snow, sleet, hail, and fog can reduce visibility and make it harder to stop for other drivers, making the roads even more dangerous.
We cannot say it enough times – distracted driving causes accidents. Whether it’s texting, talking, eating, reaching for something in the backseat, or taking care of personal hygiene tasks, there’s no excuse for inattentive driving. Safe driving requires eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mental focus for unexpected situations.
Operating Under the Influence (OUI)
While most drivers stay away from alcohol and drugs when they plan to get behind the wheel, some don’t. The few that don’t put motorcyclists at an increased risk of a crash. Far too many motorcyclists die or suffer injuries each year due to this avoidable cause.
Road Conditions and Design
Some of Connecticut’s roads are more than 300 years old. Many of them are narrow as they were built for horses and carriages and also lacking structural integrity. Even the newer roads in this state can have design faults leading to accidents. If your accident involved road defects or poor design, you may have a claim against the government. It’s crucial to work with an x to ensure a successful claim.
Sometimes, a motorcycle accident can arise from a defective vehicle or its parts. The defect could be in your motorcycle or other vehicles that share the roads with you. Either way, the manufacturer could be liable for your collision.
Hartford has a significant suburban population, with suburban populations exceeding the city population by almost tenfold. Because of this, Hartford’s highways and major roads are increasingly dangerous during the morning and afternoon rush hours. More traffic on the road means more opportunities for accidents to occur.
Determining how your accident occurred and its causes are crucial to holding the right people or parties responsible for your injuries. The good news is that you don’t have to make these determinations on your own. You provide us with your statements and the details you know. We go from there using accident reports, accident reconstructionists, and other resources to collect the information we need.
Meet with a Skilled Hartford Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
Hartford may be America’s insurance capital, but it doesn’t mean that insurance companies want to help injured victims by paying them fairly for their injuries. They are well-known for taking advantage of injured motorcyclists and either denying their claim or getting them to accept a settlement that is much less than what they deserve. Don’t let this happen to you. Instead, hire a Hartford motorcycle accident attorney to represent your best interest.
One way insurance adjusters take advantage of claimants is by contacting them as soon as possible after the accident. You can prevent this by getting in touch with an Hartford auto attorney before talking to anyone from the insurance company.
At the Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr., our skilled Hartford motorcycle accident attorneys can take care of every detail in your case. We will deal with the insurance company and their attorneys on your behalf. Our firm has the time and resources to fully investigate what caused your motorcycle accident and who is responsible. With over 15 years of experience, we are skilled negotiators who will work tirelessly to settle your claim for the full compensation you deserve.
Get your claim started today with your free motorcycle accident case consultation. Contact us online or call (860) 231-9535. We are fluent in both English and Spanish.
Hartford Motorcycle Accident FAQs
If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident in Connecticut, reach out to one of the experienced motorcycle accident lawyers from the office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr., Attorney at Law, today. We can answer all of your questions, and below are some frequently asked questions we hear regarding motorcycle accidents.
Who might be liable for your motorcycle accident and injuries?
Another driver might bear liability for your losses because of:
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Failing to yield
- Improper lane changes
- Not checking blind spots
- Aggressive driving and road rage
- Drowsy driving
When drivers engage in any negligent conduct and cause your injuries, they (often, their insurance company) should have to cover your losses.
If the individual who caused your motorcycle accident was on the job while driving, such as bus, truck, or delivery drivers, their employer may also need to pay for your damages. When an employee causes an accident while they are working, their employer’s insurance should cover the damages. This can increase the amount of insurance coverage available, which is important since motorcycle accident-related injuries are often severe and costly.
What are some common injuries to motorcyclists?
- Neck and back injury
- Traumatic brain injury and concussions
- Broken or fractured bones
- Nerve damage
- Paralysis and partial paralysis
- Loss of limb
Any of these injuries can lead to significant medical bills, as well as long-term costs associated with rehabilitation, treatment, medication and medical devices, and other health care.
Your injury may prevent you from returning to work during your recovery – or at all. Even if you can return to work, it might be in a limited capacity, which might reduce your usual earnings for some time or even the foreseeable future.
The purpose of damages is to compensate you for your out-of-pocket costs for your medical bills, costs associated with recovery, and your lost wages. Our motorcycle accident attorney can review the extent of your injuries and help to accurately calculate your losses.
Should you accept an insurance settlement offer?
Consulting with a motorcycle accident attorney before accepting any settlements will ensure the completest possible compensation for your injuries.
This is important because:
- If you accept a settlement offer that is too low, you waive the right to seek additional compensation once you realize the settlement was inadequate. Accepting a settlement is a final resolution to your case, which you should never do without legal advice.
- Your lawyer knows when a settlement is inadequate, but they also know that an offer is just a jumping-off point for negotiations. A skilled motorcycle accident lawyer can negotiate with insurers and present additional evidence to increase your offer whenever possible.
Do you always need a motorcycle accident attorney?
Your own motorcycle accident lawyer evens the playing field and ensures that you receive the best possible compensation for your damages. When you hire an attorney, the insurance company will take you seriously and know that the adjuster cannot take advantage of you. This is why it is always best to seek the right legal help.
How do I find the right motorcycle accident lawyer?
You can set up a free case evaluation with a lawyer and determine whether it is a good fit
Make sure to bring a list of the questions you have, which might include:
- Do I have a valid injury claim?
- How much can I expect in compensation?
- How does the legal process of seeking damages work?
- What should I do or not do in the aftermath of the accident?
- How much are your attorney’s fees?
Can you afford a Hartford motorcycle accident lawyer?
If you receive no award, they receive nothing as well, which encourages your attorney to recover the most possible for your injuries. You never pay anything out of your own bank account, which means that everyone who is in a motorcycle accident can afford to hire an attorney.
Reach out to a Hartford, Connecticut motorcycle accident attorney at the office of Michael L. Chambers, Attorney at Law. We can discuss your accident, injuries, and the many ways we can help to protect your rights.
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