This is the first post in a series of articles discussing bicycle accident cases in Hartford, Connecticut. Cycling is a wonderful way to exercise, travel, and enjoy the great outdoors. Unfortunately, when sharing the roadways with other vehicles, bicycle accidents can occur. Sadly, many bike accidents result in catastrophic injuries or even death for the victim. If you or a loved one have been injured in such an incident, certain immediate steps should be taken to preserve your legal rights. The goal of this series is to provide general information about how bicycle cases are handled in Connecticut and the rights of victims and their families. Another objective is to provide information that will help victims select a personal injury attorney to assist them through the process. If you need assistance following a bike accident, contact our office today to speak with an attorney.
This series will address the following issues:
- How Connecticut’s comparative fault laws impact a bicycle accident case
- Dealing with insurance companies after a bike crash injury
- The importance of discovery in such matters
- The need for expert witnesses in bicycle accident cases
- What to expect at a trial involving a bicycle accident
- The determination of a victim’s damages
Bike accident victims and their families should understand these points for several reasons. First, many victims hesitate to initiate legal action if they believe they were partially at fault for a crash. Under Connecticut’s comparative fault laws, however, victims who bear fifty percent or less of the responsibility may recover partial damages from the defendant. Second, the process of dealing with insurance carriers can be intimidating and, depending on the facts, can be lengthy. Adjusters often push “quick settlements” that do not represent a victim’s full potential damages. Retaining an attorney to work with the insurance adjuster on your behalf can help ensure that your interests are protected. Third, to recover damages, the injured party must prove the defendant’s liability for the crash. Gathering evidence through the discovery process is an essential part of any bicycle accident case. Fourth, it is not uncommon to engage one or more expert witness to establish the defendant’s liability and the victim’s damages. Expert opinions and testimony can seriously impact the outcome of settlement discussions and litigation. Fifth, if a settlement cannot be reached, it is important to understand what to expect during a personal injury trial. Last, calculating the compensation to which one may be entitled can be difficult, particularly when injuries are serious. Our final article will provide an overview of the process for determining a victim’s damages.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, it is important to retain an attorney as soon as possible. This will help ensure that your rights are protected. Our Hartford lawyers are experienced in personal injury law and are ready to assist you. We also serve the areas of Wethersfield, New Britain, Rocky Hill, West and East Hartford, Bristol, Glastonbury, and Manchester, as well as the Middlesex County cities of Middletown and Cromwell.