A 52-year-old New Hartford man was airlifted to the Hartford Hospital last Sunday with a leg fracture and head lacerations after an accident in Backhamstead. According to reports, the man's motorcycle collided with a Buick LaCrosse driven by a 90 year-old man.
The Buick allegedly slowed to a stop after changing lanes on Route 44. The motorcyclist then crashed into the back of the vehicle, apparently unaware it was stopping. Police are investigating the motorcycle accident for further information.
Typically, a rear end accident is not blamed on the driver in front. This general rule, however, is not always applicable. Instances where a rear-ender may not be liable include when the lead vehicle turns out in front of the behind vehicle and when a lead vehicle swerves into the behind vehicle's lane, cutting it off. When a car's brake lights are out, this may also lead to a finding of negligence on the part of the stopped driver rather than the rear-ender.
This conclusion is critical for injured victims in rear-end accidents, particularly motorcycle accidents in which riders often suffer catastrophic injuries. These injuries cause families to incur steep medical expenses and could also cause lost wages and a reduction in future earning capacity.
Sometimes fault is not so clear in an accident, even a rear-end accident. But accident victims may find it beneficial to contact a local Hartford attorney to guide them through the process. These professionals can help secure liability against an at-fault driver and pursue a monetary award to compensate the victim for his damages.
Source: Hartford Courant, "Motorcyclist Injured in Backhamstead Accident," Kathleen Megan, January 12, 2014