Another week, another tragic slew of motorcycle accidents across Connecticut. Recently, a Harwinton man was killed in a motorcycle accident and a second motorcyclist was taken via medical helicopter to the Hartford Hospital with serious injuries. Just a week before, motorcyclists were killed in separate accidents in Trumbull and Chaplin.
According to national statistics, motorcyclists make up 15% of all traffic fatalities despite the fact that they only account for 0.7% of all vehicle miles traveled. Connecticut is not an exception, as over 200 people were killed and another 5,000 injured in motorcycle accidents last year. While many people are asking for stricter helmet laws to curb this issue, the absence of helmets is only part of the problem.
Protective headgear has been proven to reduce instances of brain trauma in motorcycle accident victims. At the same time, an accident victim may still be seriously injured or killed despite the existence of a helmet. The root of this problem, then, comes down to driver safety.
Large trucks and SUVs sometimes navigate the highways with little fear of a collision. Cell phones, passengers and other distractions add to that danger. Through no fault of their own, motorcyclists are often forced to avoid negligent drivers every time they set out on the road.
Local Hartford attorneys can help victims of motorcycle accidents investigate liability issues and recover damages. Whether you have suffered head trauma, have a permanent disability or have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, local Hartford professionals can help victims understand how to protect their rights.