Connecticut Motorcycle Accident Lawyers – Kocian Law Group
Motorcycles represent freedom on the road. Yet few incidents can curtail your freedom as quickly as an accident. Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injury, affecting your livelihood and your quality of life.
If you’ve suffered a motorcycle crash in Connecticut, we can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and time out of work. In a collision between a motorcycle and a car, it is the biker who usually comes out worse. This is a matter of simple physics: motorcyclists are on a smaller, more unprotected vehicle and thus face greater danger in an accident. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you need an effective, aggressive law firm to ensure that you can cover your medical bills and other expenses during the months or even years it may take for you to heal fully from motorcycle accident injuries.
Motorcycle Frequently Asked Questions
How does Connecticut law define a “motorcycle”?
Under Connecticut law, a "motorcycle" is a motor vehicle, with or without a side car, having not more than three wheels in contact with the ground and a saddle or seat on which the rider sits or a platform on which the rider stands. The term “motorcycle” includes bicycles that have a motor attached, except bicycles are propelled by means of a helper motor. It does not include a vehicle with a completely enclosed driver's seat and a motor which is not in the enclosed area.
Are motorcycle drivers entitled to the same protections on the road as other motorists?
Yes. Motorcyclists have the same right to use Connecticut roads as other vehicles, provided they follow traffic rules. Drivers on our roads and highways have a legal duty to watch out for other traffic on the roads, including motorcyclists. Often, other motorists do not use the legal care required to operate their vehicles around motorcycle operators safely. This leads to serious motor vehicle accidents to motorcycle operators and their passengers.
How do I obtain compensation for physical property damage to my motorcycle?
In motorcycle cases, it is very important to keep and maintain your receipts for any custom work that you have had done to your bike. Typically, in the case of “total” losses in which the cost of repairs is more than the value of the motorcycle, insurance companies will offer to pay the “book” value on your motorcycle only. This value may be less than you expect, and it may not reflect custom work you’ve done or had performed on your bike. In order to protect yourself and obtain the maximum value possible in motorcycle property damage matters, you will need to gather all of your receipts for any special or custom work on your bike. You’ll also need to gather receipts for other items damaged in the crash, including your helmet, expensive leather jacket[s], clothing or other items that have been damaged in the collision.
What should I know about Connecticut’s insurance laws as they apply to motorcycles?
When motorcycles collide with passenger vehicles, the motorcyclist faces greater risk for injury because the motorcycle is smaller and less protected than the passenger vehicle. Therefore, to protect yourself, the Kocian Law Group strongly recommends that you purchase several types of insurance before you put your motorcycle on the road.
First, we recommend that you purchase medical payment coverage. This protects you, to the extent allowed by law, by covering your medical bills when you are involved in a Connecticut motorcycle accident. Second, because motorcyclists generally sustain serious injuries when struck by a negligent car or truck driver, the Kocian Law Group suggests that you carry the highest limits you can afford, and which are offered, by your insurance company for uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, also known as “UM” coverage. An uninsured driver carries no insurance coverage at all, and an underinsured driver typically carries only the minimum required by law, which may be grossly inadequate to cover your medical bills or those of your passenger after a serious injury. “UM” coverage is extremely significant in motorcycle cases. You should purchase the best “UM” coverage that you can to protect yourself and your passengers in the event of a motorcycle accident.
Contact the Connecticut Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Kocian Law Group
When you choose Kocian Law Group, we back you up with decades of personal injury experience. Our team of lawyers will help you navigate the legal process, protecting your legal rights while you are on the road to recovery. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, call us today for a free consultation.