With Waterbury being the brass city, there are numerous eye-catching sights to explore on foot or bike. And New England’s lovely scenery and freshness are second to none. Local bicyclists take advantage of this beauty and cycle to work or for pleasure every day. Along with the joys of pedaling come the potential risks of a negligent driver.

Impatient motorists will often do anything to get to their destination—even if it means causing harm to innocent cyclists. Fortunately, financial recovery may be available through a personal injury lawsuit when an angry or otherwise negligent driver causes a bike crash in Connecticut.

When you or a loved one are in a collision with a careless or reckless motorist, a Waterbury bicycle accident lawyer at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC, can file a civil claim against them on your behalf.

When the Bicycle Collision Was Caused by Negligence

Collisions with bicyclists perpetrated by an offending driver are far too often the result of reckless conduct—such as texting, eating, or conversing with passengers while not paying attention to the road. Other times, a person operating a vehicle is impaired because they are under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.

Sadly, some motorists will flee the scene after crashing into a bicyclist. This is also illegal because those involved in an accident in Connecticut must stop and try to help the person. On top of the criminal charges the hit-and-run driver will likely face, a Waterbury bicycle accident attorney can handle the litigation for financial justice.

Injuries sustained in a bicycle wreck range from minor to life-threatening. Frequent injuries experienced in vehicle-to-bicycle collisions are:

  • Emotional trauma;
  • Swelling and cuts;
  • Broken or bruised wrists and other bones such as the legs and pelvis;
  • Broken or sprained ligaments;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis.

A lawyer could settle the case through negotiations or make a compelling case resulting in the jury awarding damages to be paid for:

  • Doctor bills;
  • Hospital bills;
  • Property damage;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Lost earning capacity;
  • Loss of companionship for a spouse, if married.

A favorable judgment can also come with future damages for the expected long-term losses from the unfortunate bike accident.

Liability in Bike Crash Cases

For a motorist to be liable for negligence, the injured bicyclist’s lawyer must prove the driver was more at fault than the bicyclist. The fault is based on a scale of percentages, with any percentile above 50 percent being a win for the injured cyclist. Connecticut’s negligence law can be found under Connecticut General Statutes § 52-572h.

Being struck by a vehicle can drastically alter a person’s life. This comes with physical, mental, and emotional pain: potential surgeries, mobility rehabilitation, medications, counseling, and much more.

To relieve financial stress, a bicycle injury lawyer in Waterbury can prove liability so that the negligent motorist pays for their misconduct.

How to Contact a Waterbury Bicycle Accident Attorney

The best way to contact us is in the way most convenient for you. We have attorneys available to speak via phone, Zoom, or in a one-on-one office session. Our team can build a concrete case showing the motorist is to blame for the collision and, therefore, your resulting damages.

A Waterbury bicycle accident lawyer at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC, will handle your case with care while you focus on your physical and emotional recovery. Call today to schedule your free case consultation with a member of our legal team.