Unfortunately, while motorcycle riders and their passengers are able to enjoy a greater freedom than other drivers on the road, they are also more vulnerable to accidents. This is due to other drivers’ inability to see them and road hazards, such as potholes, puddles or uneven pavement. Since motorcyclists don’t have car doors and air bags to act as barriers in an accident, injuries tend to be more severe. If you have questions about filing a personal injury claim for your motorcycle accident, contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Alexander H. Schwartz today for a free consultation. We offer more than 30 years of trial experience, flexible payment plans and convenient scheduling.
Like all personal injury lawsuits, the plaintiff in a motorcycle accident claim must prove that the defendant’s negligence caused the accident. If the operator of the motorcycle is found to have been at fault, he or she may not be able to recover damages. Connecticut is a modified comparative fault state, which means that a plaintiff cannot recover damages from the defendant if she or he is found to be more than 51 percent at fault for the accident. If the plaintiff can prove that she or he was less than 51 percent at fault, then damages can be recovered according to the proportion of the plaintiff’s own negligence.
Motorcycle accident damages can include medical costs, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and lost earning capacity. While some damages, such as medical bills, are easy to calculate, others are more complicated. It’s wise to consult a personal injury lawyer when tallying damages, such as pain and suffering and lost earning capacity. These often require the attorney to hire an expert witness during trial.
The amount of damages you’re awarded in a personal injury lawsuit will also depend on how the accident and injuries affected you. For example, if the motorcycle accident resulted in the loss of use of one leg, but you were partially disabled and not particularly active prior to the accident, your damages for loss of quality of life will likely be less than someone who played football professionally. Also, if you’re found to be partly at fault for your accident, your damages will decrease by the percentage you were found to be at fault.
If you were seriously injured in a Connecticut motorcycle accident and you believe that you have a potential claim, contact the personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Alexander H. Schwartz today for a free consultation. We’ll review the facts of your case, determine whether you have a viable claim and advocate for you in court. We have more than 30 years of trial experience in both state and federal courts across the country, and we specialize in personal injury claims like yours. We offer accommodating appointment availability, affordable representation, personal attention and flexible payment plans. You won’t pay a fee unless we win your case.
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