This is the first post in a series which will discuss the handling of motorcycle accident cases in Hartford, Connecticut. Motorcycle accident cases often involve serious injuries. After an accident, victims and their families may not know how to proceed. When a serious injury has occurred, immediate steps must be taken to protect the victim’s rights. This series of articles will explain what to expect after an accident occurs and review how damages may be calculated in Connecticut. The articles will also provide information which will assist in the selection of a personal injury lawyer. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our office today to speak with an attorney.
We will discuss the following key topics in this series:
- How Connecticut’s comparative fault laws may impact motorcycle accident cases
- Dealing with the defendant’s insurance company
- Why determining a victim’s damages may take a significant period of time
- The importance of conducting discovery
- What to expect from the trial process
- How failure to wear a helmet may impact one’s recovery of damages
These issues are important for several reasons. First, under Connecticut law, a victim who is partially at fault for an accident may still be entitled to recover damages. Under a theory of comparative fault, the relative liability of the parties involved will have an impact on the damages calculation. Second, it can seem like a daunting task to deal with a defendant’s insurance carrier after an accident. One should understand that the adjuster works for the insurance company and may not have the victim’s best interest in mind during communications. Engaging an attorney to manage this process is strongly recommended. Third, depending upon the severity of the victim’s injuries, it may take a significant period of time to ascertain the victim’s medical prognosis. Fourth, gathering evidence through the legal process known as discovery is essential to demonstrating liability and calculating damages. Fifth, if the case is not settled, litigation may be unavoidable. One should know what to expect should the case proceed to trial. Last, victims and their families should understand that the failure to wear a helmet at the time of accident could also impact the ultimate financial recovery.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is imperative to contact a law firm with experience in serious injury cases. Our firm has over 50 years of experience with personal injury cases in Hartford, Connecticut. Call us today to speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer. We also service the areas of Wethersfield, New Britain, Rocky Hill, East and West Hartford, Bristol, Glastonbury, and Manchester, as well as the Middlesex County cities of Middletown and Cromwell.