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Who is Responsible for Motorcycle Passenger Injuries?
A motorcycle accident from late April left the passenger riding on the bike seriously injured. The accident occurred on April 19 in the afternoon. A 19-year-old female passenger from Watertown was thrown from the motorcycle when the operate, a 21-year-old male from Bridgewater, lost control of the motorcycle. The male operator held onto the motorcycle as it landed on its side and skidded across the pavement.
Both were transported to Danbury Hospital, the male with non-life-threatening injuries. The state police claim that the operator was trying to maneuver the motorcycle through a tight curve when he lost control. Neither victims were wearing helmets at the time of the crash as Connecticut law requires only those under the age of 18 to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. This law went into effect in 1989. The state police are still actively investigating the cause of the crash.
File a Claim Against Insurance of the Driver
If you ever find yourself in the same situation as the female passenger of the motorcycle mentioned above, you have a legal right to file a claim against the insurance of the driver. It doesn’t matter if you are the passenger on a motorcycle, in a car, or a van or truck. If you suffered injuries and the driver of the vehicle in which you were riding was deemed to be at-fault, file a claim to have your medical bills covered by the driver’s insurance.
File a Claim Against Own Policy
If you have a medical payments rider on your own insurance policy, you will likely be able to file a claim against your own policy. Doing so would help pay for the medical bills you incur as a result of the accident that left you injured. Make sure you know that lost income as well as pain and suffering is usually not covered in this part of your insurance policy.
Was Another Driver Deemed to be At Fault?
Was there another vehicle involved in the crash that left you injured? If so, and this other driver was deemed to be at-fault for the crash, you can file a claim against their insurance company. Even if there is a chance the other driver was accountable for a lower amount of fault than the driver of the vehicle you were in, you can still acquire compensation from the other driver because they still played a role in the crash.
Injured as a Passenger in an Accident? Call Us Today
Were you injured as a passenger in a car or motorcycle accident? Not sure who will be responsible for your medical bills. As you can see, you have multiple options available when seeking compensation for the medical bills associated with being injured in an accident. You need to speak with an experienced Waterbury personal injury attorney as soon as possible after receiving medical treatment. Call the Law Offices of Thomas E. Porzio at (203) 573-0019 to schedule a consultation with an attorney at your earliest convenience so we can guide you in the right direction regarding your claim.