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How deadly are motorcycle accidents in America?

Motorcyclists in Connecticut are going to be out on the roads for a few more weeks at least, while the nice autumn weather holds. Then, to their dismay, most will store their motorcycles for the winter, waiting for the first break of spring weather. Millions of Americans enjoy riding motorcycles for recreation, and many also as their main mode of transportation. Unfortunately, that means that millions of people each year are at risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident.

The results of a motorcycle accident can be deadly. Just how deadly? Well, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 - the last year for which statistics are available - nearly 5,000 people died in motorcycle accidents in America. That may not sound like a lot when compared to the number of people who are killed in car accidents, but consider this: In that year, the NHTSA found that motorcyclists were 29 times more likely to die in a crash than people in passenger vehicles.

Concussions are common brain injuries in accidents

Football season is in full swing, and many of our readers have probably seen the news coverage about the concussions that occur on a weekly basis in both the National Football League and in college football. But some people may not realize that concussions aren't just a concern for athletes - accident victims can, and often do, suffer concussions as well.

One of the most difficult things about suffering this type of brain injury is that it can be hard to diagnose. The symptoms are often quite subtle, although in some cases the symptoms can be severe. For instance, in the immediate aftermath of suffering a concussion, a victim may experience dizziness or nausea. This could result in vomiting or giving an appearance of being dazed. Although definitely not a hard-and-fast rule, usually the more serious the concussion is, the more serious the symptoms will be.

Build a solid case after a truck accident

Being in any type of car accident can be a scary experience for Connecticut residents. But when the accident involves a semi-truck collision, victims may not only be feeling scared, but also lucky to be alive. These types of accidents are notorious for how deadly they can be, especially when the collision is between a semi-truck and a smaller passenger vehicle. As our readers can probably guess, these types of collisions don't usually work out so well for the driver and passengers of the smaller vehicle.

When Connecticut residents are involved in truck accident like this, the primary concern is obviously for the victims to receive the immediate medical attention they need. But it is important to realize that there are other concerns that deserve attention as well, namely how the truck driver and the driver's company will be held responsible when the truck driver is at fault and caused the accident to begin with.

Head-on collision leads to two deaths, injuries

When a car accident occurs in the late evening or early morning hours, there may be certain preconceived notions among the public at large, and even among the law enforcement officers investigating the crash. For some, the first thought goes to drunk driving. For others, perhaps they believe another distraction occurred, or that the driver just wasn't that good at paying attention to the road at night. The fewer details that are reported, the more people's imaginations will be left to wander.

That may have been the case for some of our readers who saw reports of a two-car crash that occurred on September 14. The initial reports contained scant details, but there was one crucial detail: The crash occurred at 11:45 at night. And it was a head-on collision. The result was two fatalities, with three other people injured.

A premises liability lawsuit based on inadequate security

Many of our readers know that when Connecticut residents are injured on another person's property, it may be possible to seek compensation from the property owner in a premises liability lawsuit. These types of lawsuits are common when people are injured in slip-and-fall accidents, or due to the presence of some dangerous condition on the property in question. But what about inadequate security claims?

In general, not all property owners are obligated to provide adequate security on their property. For instance, a residential property owner of a single-family home isn't obligated to have security guards posted at their home or proper security lighting set at all points of the perimeter of their property. However, many commercial property owners will have this type of obligation.

Understand your legal options after a motorcycle accident

Now that the calendar is rolling over toward autumn, many motorcyclists in Connecticut will be trying to get in one last ride before they start to put their motorcycles up for the winter. Unfortunately, that means that, for the foreseeable future, until the weather really begins to turn, we will all likely see more news reports about motorcycle accidents on the roads of the Nutmeg State.

All of our readers are likely used to seeing news reports about car accidents - they happen every day. However, the unfortunate reality of accidents involving motorcycles is that the results can be far more serious. After all, motorcyclists, unlike other motorists in cars, do not have the same protection in the event of a collision. And no matter how experienced the motorcyclists are, they are often at the mercy of other drivers who are distracted by cellphones and other electronic devices.

What is "negligence" in motorcycle accident cases?

Motorcycle accidents, like car accidents, are all too common on the roadways of Connecticut. But, unlike car accidents, motorcycle accidents have a far greater potential to result in serious injuries and even death. When a motorcycle accident in Connecticut does result in serious injuries, the victim may be inclined to pursue financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. In doing so, the victim will likely need to prove negligence in the case.

What is negligence in a motorcycle accident case? Well, for starters, negligence is a legal concept that is at the heart of almost every personal injury lawsuit. In essence, to be negligent, a person or entity must have breached a duty that was owed to the person who was injured. Establishing that duty is the first step in a personal injury lawsuit that is based on a motorcycle accident.

Multi-vehicle accident involves three cars, five people injured

Connecticut residents always need to be on the lookout for semi-trucks and other large vehicles on the roads. When these types of large vehicles are involved in an accident, the damage to the vehicles and the injuries to other drivers and passengers can be significant. That appears to be the case in a recent accident that reportedly occurred on August 12 in Hartford.

According to a recent report, at approximately 9:30 a.m. a shuttle bus slammed into another vehicle near an intersection. This primary collision then resulted in a secondary collision, in which a third vehicle was rear-ended.

An overview of wrongful death lawsuits in Connecticut

It is probably hard for most people to deal with the unexpected death of a loved one. But it can be even harder when the death was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person. However, when these are the circumstances in the death of a Connecticut resident, the law provides an opportunity to recover financial compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

A wrongful death lawsuit can be based on a wide variety of circumstances, such as medical malpractice, work accidents or car accidents. Like other personal injury lawsuits, the party that files the lawsuit - the plaintiff - will need to prove that the allegedly negligent party breached a duty that was owed to the deceased person, and that the breach of that duty led directly to the death in the case.

Pursuing financial compensation after a brain injury

Almost any type of accident could leave a Connecticut resident with serious injuries. Bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, car accidents and truck accidents are all too common in America. These accidents can have devastating consequences, leaving the injured victims with broken bones, internal injuries and, perhaps worst of all, brain injuries.

When Connecticut residents suffer brain injuries in an accident, they may be facing months or even years of physical therapy, rehabilitation or even permanent disability. As our readers can probably imagine, this type of ongoing and extensive medical treatment can be extremely expensive. When the accident that caused the injury wasn't your fault, it may be possible to pursue financial compensation from the party that was at fault.

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