If you were injured by a motor vehicle while riding your bicycle, there are typically two causes of action your attorney can pursue in court: negligence and negligence per se. To prove the other driver was negligent, your lawyer must prove:
- Duty– Motorists owe a duty of care to others on the road. Meaning, the driver had a duty to drive safely according to Connecticut state law.
- Breach of Duty– The driver failed to operate their vehicle safely in accordance with Connecticut state law.
- Causation– As a result of the driver’s breach of duty, you were actually involved in an accident.
- Damages– Finally, as a direct result of the accident, you suffered injuries.
However, if the accident occurred because of an aggressive driver, you may have both a personal injury case and a case as a victim of a crime.
Negligence per se is also a potential cause of action if the accident happened because the other driver violated Connecticut law. For example, if the driver didn’t give the rider at least 3 feet of separation when passing, and clipped the rider. Or, if the driver made a right turn over a bike lane, striking the rider. In a situation like that, your lawyer can argue that the driver should pay compensation for your injuries.
Because bicycle accidents often result in serious injuries to riders, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact a Connecticut bike accident lawyer to discuss your case.