A 19-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured last week when he was struck by a car in Moosup. According to the Plainfield police, the man was struck Monday afternoon on Goshen Road as a car pulled out of a driveway. He was wearing a helmet but it fell off after he was thrown from the bike.
The teenage motorcycle accident victim was airlifted out of Connecticut and delivered to a Rhode Island hospital for treatment. The 17-year-old driving the car was uninjured. Such a disparity in these types of accidents is not uncommon.
Catastrophic injuries are hard to avoid when a motorcyclist lays down his or her bike. Negligent drivers, meanwhile, often escape the accident unscathed. Fortunately, riders injured in motorcycle crashes can pursue a monetary award to compensate them for their injuries. And, the amount recoverable is potentially more than just enough to cover medical expenses.
The law seeks to put the injured party and, in the event of a death, the family of the victim, in the same position that they would have been in had the accident never occurred. Therefore, money for lost wages or reduced earning ability can be couple with pain and suffering remuneration to form a settlement that puts a rider back on path.
In addition to seeking relief from the negligent driver, other factors may have also contributed to the accident. In this case, the helmet not staying secured likely made the injuries worse than they would have been. It is possible the rider and his family have recourse against the helmet manufacturer. It is further possible that some mechanical element also contributed to injuries in the crash.
Local Hartford attorneys have represented numerous motorcycle accident victims with a wide range of injuries. They can help these victims sort through the cause of the accident and begin the process of securing compensation. Without their help, victims may risk lessening their overall recovery.
Source: NBC News, “Motorcycle Driver Seriously Injured,” Ari Mason, June 24, 2013