When one hears of a motorcycle collision in Connecticut, it’s usually assumed the crash involved a motorcycle and another type of vehicle, usually a passenger car or truck. One recent Connecticut crash involved two motorcycles, however. According to media reports, a 37-year-old man was riding a motorcycle on I-95 when he braked suddenly. A 24-year-old man riding a second motorcycle behind him was unable to stop in time and collided with the rear of the first motorcycle. Both men were ejected from their bikes.
The 37-year-old biker was taken to the Yale-New Haven Hospital with life-threatening injuries; sadly, he later succumbed to those injuries. The second victim was also taken to the Yale-New Haven facility with what Connecticut Police described as non-life threatening injuries. Both of the victims were wearing helmets when the motorcycle accident occurred. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Typically, it is said that any driver who rear ends another vehicle is at fault. Since all drivers are charged with maintaining a sufficient distance from the car in front of them, driving at a safe speed, and keeping their eyes on the road, it is believed that many rear end collisions would be avoided if “second drivers” paid the proper attention.
These generalities, however, may not apply in all instances. For example, highway driving is far different than the stop and go routine of in town commuting. Therefore, different rules may apply and determining the negligent party may not be so cut and dry.
If a motorist is determined to be a negligent party in a fatal accident, those affected may be entitled compensation for damages. Local Hartford attorneys specialize in making this distinction and proving liability against another person for a victim’s injuries. Their expertise has helped victims of motorcycle accidents recoup millions of dollars in damages to help them get back on their feet. While nothing can ever replace the loss of a loved one, a compensated party may be able to journey down the road to recovery in a more comfortable way.
Source: Hartford Courant, “1 Dead, 1 injured in motorcycle crash on I-95,” Kelly Glista, June 3, 2014