Residents across the nation often drive on a daily basis. Multi-tasking while driving also tempts drivers, which is a very hazardous activity to do while behind the wheel. Distractions such as testing while driving can lead to catastrophic results.
Texting appears to be the culprit in a recent traffic accident. According to police, a motorcyclist was rear-ended at a red light in Wolcott. A 1999 Subaru approaching the intersection of Meriden and Todd roads presumably failed to stop and ran into the back of the motorcycle. The rider was thrown into the vehicle in front of him and then ricocheted back into the Subaru.
The motorcyclist was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Police discovered that the driver of the Subaru had an outstanding warrant and her Connecticut vehicle registration was out of date. They also suspected that the Waterbury woman was texting as she came upon the intersection, which probably caused the motorcycle accident.
It was also reported that the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet when he was struck. Though listed in critical condition, it is unclear whether those injuries include brain trauma. The growth in helmet laws across the U.S. and in Connecticut over the past few decades were in a direct response to brain injuries sustained by motorcyclists in routine accidents. Similarly, seat belt laws were also a response to what often seemed like avoidable injuries.
Victims involved in an accident may wonder what effect, if any, their failure to buckle up or wear a motorcycle helmet may have on liability. Some may accuse them of being the negligent party or a contributing party for the injuries suffered. Although a person could argue contributory negligence, a texting driver does not escape liability for his or her recklessness simply because their victim failed to utilize a safety feature.
Victims and families affected by injuries associated with a motorcycle accident seek advice from a professional in order to better understand their options and what steps to take. Whether wearing a helmet or not, victims of such accidents are entitled to compensation for damages caused by the negligence of another driver.
Source: NBC News, “Man in Critical Condition After Motorcycle Crash,” Ari Mason, June 26, 2013