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Connecticut court denies woman relief in motorcycle accident

A Connecticut appellate court recently ruled that a Naugatuck woman could not sue the town of Watertown for injuries stemming from an accident on Route 262. The woman was injured in 2008 after being thrown off the back of a motorcycle. According to reports, the motorcycle was traveling down the highway when she and the driver of the motorcycle came upon an unrelated accident. When a tow truck pulled out in front of the motorcycle, the driver lost control and the woman was thrown from the bike.

The woman was seeking to hold the town of Watertown negligent and partly responsible for her injuries. Since motorcycle accidents often involve serious head or neck injuries, victims of those accidents often have monetary damages that far exceed the value of a single insurance policy's limits. As a result, victims often pursue recovery from all parties that may have contributed to the accident.

Generally, motorcycle accidents simply involve a bike and another vehicle. Since motorcyclists are low-profile vehicles, other drivers often fail to take them into account when maneuvering. Other times, however, a more complicated set of facts exists. Truck spills or damages to roadways can create dangerous driving conditions for motorcycles. In this case, another accident and the responding tow truck created the existing road hazard.

Depending on each set of unique facts, a motorcycle accident victim may have recourse against several different parties. In some cases, it can be difficult to identify those who are responsible for the accident in order to pursue compensation for victims. As a result, victims and their families are encouraged to act promptly after an accident to get a thorough evaluation of any claims that they might have.

Source: Republican-American, "Woman can't sue for bike accident," Paul Hughes, April 16, 2013

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