Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of motorcycle accidents that resulted in a fatality decreased from 2016 to 2017. While this is a positive statistic, thousands or people are still injured and killed in motorcycle accidents across the country and here in Connecticut.
Like car wrecks, motorcycle accidents are serious and often cause long-lasting injuries. Unfortunately, motorcyclists face additional dangers due to the fact that there are no steel car frames or air bags protecting them from impact, like in other motor vehicles.
Since 1993, the Law Offices of James L. O'Rourke has skillfully represented Connecticut clients who have been badly hurt in motorcycle accidents across the state. Let us help you take the best legal steps to obtain maximized financial compensation for your injuries.
Caring Attorneys Who Personally Understand The Challenges In Motorcycle Accidents
Drawing from personal and professional experiences with motorcycle accidents over the course of two decades, our founding lawyer James L. O'Rourke is able to offer our clients the insight and the knowledge needed to effectively represent them. Having spent years as an avid motorcyclist, Mr. O’Rourke himself was involved in a motorcycle accident and injured. This personal experience gives him a unique insight into the impact that injuries have on a victim’s life and what should be done legally to obtain compensation for injuries and losses.
We understand the stigma often associated with riding a motorcycle. There is a common idea that motorcyclists are generally not safe drivers. Motorcyclists are presumed to have accepted the assumed risk in riding a motorcycle. However, this does not mean that they are at fault simply because they are riding a more dangerous form of transportation. In reality, it is drivers of four-wheel vehicles who are much more likely to cause motorcycle accidents because of:
We are determined to help you hold the responsible parties accountable for the physical, emotional and financial damages they have caused you and your family.
Common Injuries Resulting From Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles do not provide the bodily protection that a car or other larger vehicle would in an accident. Motorcyclists are personally exposed when riding and as such, even a low-speed motorcycle crash can leave a victim with serious and catastrophic injuries. Our firm stands up for the rights of clients who have experienced all manner of severe injuries in a collision, including:
- Head injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), closed head injuries, concussions and open head wounds
- Spinal cord injuries, nerve damage and paralysis
- Neck and back injuries, such as vertebral fractures, herniated discs, strains and sprains
- Amputations and loss of limbs
- Crush injuries and broken bones
- Serious road rash (skin avulsions, lacerations and abrasions)
- Fatal injuries
Because many of our motorcycle accident clients require rehabilitation and other ongoing medical treatment for their injuries, we make sure that every aspect is taken into account when exploring different avenues for recovery. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, our lawyers will tenaciously represent your case in court.
What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident
It is important to take action after being injured in a motorcycle accident to ensure your rights as a victim are protected. After a motorcycle accident, you should:
- Seek medical attention for any injuries
- Gather information at the scene, if possible, including witness statements
- Take photographs of the damages and scene, if possible
- Talk to a lawyer about how these types of cases are handled and how they may be able to help you
- Refer any inquiries about the accident, especially those made by an insurance company, to your attorney
Motorcycle Accident Insurance Claims
Our Bridgeport motorcycle accidents attorneys help our clients understand their legal rights and guide them through the insurance claims process. This process can often be difficult, as motorcycles are not covered under a typical car insurance policy or umbrella policy. Motorcycle insurance cannot be stacked and is a standalone coverage that must be obtained.
There are numerous issues that are unique to motorcycle insurance, as these policies are written in a very specific, legally dense manner that often limits the insurer’s liability. A motorcyclist may not even know the full details of his or her policy, and the limited coverage that he or she has.
Regardless of your coverage, it is essential that you have an experienced lawyer involved in your motorcycle accident claim. Our firm knows how to examine policies to determine the responsibility of your insurance company. Once we can determine your coverage, we can take action against your company or another insurance company if it is refusing to rightfully pay your claim.
Free Case Evaluation From An Experienced Attorney
If you would like to discuss your motorcycle accident injuries with an experienced attorney, contact our law firm online or call 800-658-1245. Our team is ready to help 24/7. Evening and weekend appointments are also available, and we also make hospital and house calls. Our firm offers Spanish translation services upon request.