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Automobile and Motorcycle Accidents Attorney

Many of our cases involve personal injuries arising out of automobile accidents. If you are injured due to the fault or conduct of another driver, then you are probably entitled to compensation from that person. In addition to the insurance covering the person that hit you, you may also be entitled to compensation under your own insurance for uninsured or underinsured drivers.

We have handled many cases involving difficult accident scenarios that have required expert testimony to prove that another driver’s negligence was the cause of your injury. We have retained experienced engineers and others who can investigate and testify on a variety of complicated accident-related issues including full accident reconstructions, faulty brakes, faulty airbag deployment, and violations of federal and state trucking regulations. While this can be expensive, we only incur costs that are necessary to maximize your case’s potential and we usually front all costs associated with the claim.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, we would be happy to review the case to determine what your best legal recourse is.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like assistance on a matter of this type and speak with an automobile and motorcycle accidents attorney.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Crash Due to Negligence?

We Are an Experienced Connecticut Motorcycle Accident Law Firm That Can Help

Getting behind the wheel of any motor vehicle is dangerous. This danger is increased tenfold for motorcyclists whose only protection is what safety gear they choose to wear. According to preliminary numbers released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), “4,990 people were killed on motorcycles in 2017” across America. Top contributing factors for motorcycle accidents include driving under the influence, distracted driving and speeding. Oftentimes, motorcyclists are hit by motor vehicle drivers turning left — unaware that motorcyclists are continuing straight beside them. Whatever the circumstances, if you were injured by a negligent party while lawfully riding your motorcycle, then you deserve compensation for damages.

Walsh Woodard, LLC is a Connecticut motorcycle accident law firm that sees many personal injury cases arise from motorcycle accidents. If you are injured due to the negligent conduct of another driver, then you are likely entitled to compensation from that person. You may even be entitled to receive compensation under your own insurance under certain circumstances — if you were hurt by an uninsured or underinsured motorist (and you have included this coverage on your policy), for example. We have handled many cases involving difficult motorcycle accident scenarios — many of which have required expert testimony to prove that another driver’s negligence was the cause of a client’s injury. We have built trusted respected relationships with experienced engineers and other experts who can investigate and testify on a variety of complicated motorcycle accident-related issues, including full accident reconstructions. While this can be expensive, we only incur costs that are necessary to maximize your case’s potential and we usually front all costs associated with the claim. Our Connecticut motorcycle accident law firm would be happy to review your case to determine the best possible legal recourse.

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident?

Motorcyclists are often more consistently injured when involved in an accident. However, if you or the person you are with is able, it is best to do the following:

  1. Get Medical Attention. First and foremost, it is important to get medical attention for anyone who needs it. You can stay on the line with the emergency dispatcher and provide preliminary first aid with his or her help. In fact, doing so will mitigate your liability should the injured person decide to press charges in the event their injury is worsened. Be sure not to move the injured person unless absolutely necessary (ie: he or she is in immediate danger) in case of a spinal cord and/or neck injury.
  2. Gather Evidence. After medical help has arrived, start taking pictures of the damage to both vehicles, all injured persons and the surrounding area. If there were any witnesses, talk to them and get their contact information. Even if a witness did not see the actual accident, their testimony about the aftermath could be just as useful should the case go to court. Of course, you should also exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved.
  3. Call Your Insurance. You have to report a motorcycle accident to your insurance. However, it is extremely important how you do so. Since it is better to report an accident sooner rather than later, you may not have the opportunity to speak with an attorney before talking to an insurance adjuster. It is best to not get into any specifics with them, but rather tell them the facts about what happened. If they press for anything further, politely decline and say you are seeking legal representation before continuing. They may be insistent about getting the details from you — it is within your rights to be just as insistent about discontinuing the conversation until you have an attorney present.

After following these steps and ensuring that your health is in order, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. One of the attorneys from our Connecticut motorcycle accident law firm can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and perform investigative work in order to fill in any gaps in the information provided.

What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

The circumstances surrounding every motorcycle accident is unique. From distracted driving to “Acts of God”, the following are three of the most commonly reported causes across the country as reported by the GHSA:

  1. Weather. Whenever it rains or snows, even if just for a moment, that can make roadways slick. As a result, they are more dangerous. When motor vehicle drivers, especially truck drivers, drive irresponsibly on a wet or snowy roadway, the risks of causing an accident are heightened exponentially. States that reported a milder than average winter saw an increase in motorcycle accidents and fatalities in 2016 due to motorcyclists being out on the road for a longer portion of the year.
  2. Driving Under the Influence. It is against the law to operate a motor vehicle (be it a car, motorcycle or bicycle) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. The GHSA reports that “alcohol was determined to be the largest contributor to crash risk for all vehicle types”. The GHSA goes on to say that the “risk of crashing is approximately four times” higher when a person is inebriated than when they are sober.
  3. Speeding. We are all trying to get to our destinations in a timely manner, be it for leisure or pleasure. We want to get where we are going, and we want to get there now. However, when drivers are speeding everywhere, they are putting other drivers — as well as themselves — at risk. Due to the lack of protection available to a motorcyclist, accidents involving speed and motorcycles often yield more consistently catastrophic results.

These are only three ways that an accident can occur. There are many more, but whatever the cause of your motorcycle accident, our Connecticut motorcycle accident law firm has the experience and resources to help prove liability.

Have Questions About Your Motorcycle Accident? Call Us Today

The personal injury attorneys at our Connecticut motorcycle accident law firm have seen firsthand the damage a motorcycle accident can leave in its wake. If you have been injured — or have lost a loved one to a wrongful death — in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, then you deserve compensation for damages.

As of 2018, we have seen all types of cases spanning across a wide range of personal injury law. It has been our goal for almost 30 years to help those who have been wrongfully injured at the hands of another. Contact us online or call us at (860) 785-2011 today to see how we can help you.


Negligent Maintenance of Property

Negligent Maintenance of Property

If someone invites another onto their property, whether a business, or private residence, they must take reasonable steps to ensure their property is safe. If they do not and someone is injured, that person may be entitled to monetary compensation. Our firm has handled many cases involving injuries resulting from this type of negligence. Attorney Michael Walsh successfully represented a client, both at trial and on appeal in one of the seminal cases in this area of law, Meek v. Walmart. Attorney Walsh has lectured several times on this topic for Connecticut attorneys at continuing education courses and is well known in this field.

Your case may involve a defective condition from accumulated ice and snow that was not properly cleared away, falling merchandise, longstanding sidewalk or parking lot defects, or other dangerous or slippery conditions within a store or piece of property. All of these cases require careful investigation and it is usually beneficial to have an attorney involved early on to ensure that the particular defect is well documented and important evidence preserved.

We have successfully sued large retail department stores, including Home Depot, Ocean State Job Lot, and Walmart, for falling merchandise that caused injury to others. We have handled matters involving defects within restaurants, bars, many smaller businesses where individuals have been harmed. We have also pursued claims against homeowners and landlords where dangerous defects on someone’s property have injured our client.

Oftentimes, our cases involve injuries to people injured due to defects in areas controlled by municipalities, such as sidewalks, roadways or parking lots. In those cases, the injured party should consider consulting an attorney very early because the law requires the person to notify the municipality within 90 days of the incident, and provide very specific information within that timeframe.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like assistance on a matter of this type.

Dog Attacks

Dog Attacks

We have handled many matters involving dog attacks. Connecticut has specific laws that protect individuals from injuries caused by dogs. Biting is obviously the most common type of serious injury. Connecticut law holds an owner or keeper of a dog strictly liable for injuries caused by that dog, even if not from a bite, or if the dog has no history of attacking others, so long as the victim was not trespassing or teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog. Depending on the circumstances of the particular case, we have also pursued these cases on a theory of negligence, especially when the person in control of the dog knows that it is dangerous.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like assistance on a matter of this type.

Workplace Accidents

Workplace Accidents

When an individual is injured while in the course of his employment, that person is normally limited to recovery under the Connecticut Workers Compensation Laws. However, there are certain exceptions to the exclusive Workers’ Compensation remedy, and we have represented many individuals who fit within one of the enumerated exceptions. Additionally, even if the claim against the employer is limited to Workers’ Compensation, there may be other avenues for recovery as to other wrongdoers.

This area of the law is extremely complex and cannot be adequately addressed in general terms on this website. However, if you have suffered a workplace injury and would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us.

Unfair and Improper Insurance Practices

Unfair and Improper Insurance Practices

Invariably, automobile accidents and many other types of personal injury, medical malpractice or wrongful death claims involve claims against insurance companies. In some instances, insurance companies engage in questionable practices when, for example, denying coverage, limiting an insurance benefit or settling a claim.

We have handled many matters involving bad faith claims against insurance companies. We have represented individuals who have had their insurance coverage improperly denied and many matters where a claim was unfairly processed by an insurance company.

These types of cases almost always requires careful study of the particular policy language and knowledge of insurance law in order protect an individual’s rights. A policy’s language, listed declarations, definitions, exclusions and interpretations relied upon by the insurance company in denying rights should be carefully examined.

We are prepared to provide a free consultation and review of insurance documents in order to evaluate potential insurance fraud and coverage claims.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like assistance on a matter of this type.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death

Unfortunately, some cases involve injuries so severe that they result in the premature death of an individual. Our firm has assisted many families and represented executors/administrators of those who have suffered untimely death due to the conduct of others. In Connecticut, cases of wrongful death involve mainly the same elements of the other types of cases our firm has experience in handling, such as motor vehicle accidents, defective products and medical malpractice. There is a statute, however, Connecticut General Statutes Section 52-555, that has special provisions for the time limitations and types of damages that can be claimed.

If you are concerned about a wrongful, premature death of someone close to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Trucking Collisions

Trucking Collisions

Each year 400,000 to 500,000 large trucks are involved in collisions with automobiles. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, one out of eight traffic fatalities results from a collision involving a large truck. Often, it is critical that victims of these tragedies take immediate steps to preserve critical evidence and retain independent experts to investigate the circumstances of the crash and to determine whether the drivers and trucking companies have complied with the many trucking regulations designed to protect other drivers.

As with Medical Malpractice and Defective Products matters, pursuing these cases can be very expensive. However, as with most cases involving personal injuries, all costs are paid by us and are only charged to the client if we succeed in recovering a favorable settlement or judgment.

We have represented many individuals and families that have been victimized by these tragedies and are familiar with the safety standards required by the State and Federal Government. If you or someone close to you has been injured by a collision of this nature, please contact us and ask more about our experience handling these matters.

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Dangerous/Defective Products

Dangerous/Defective Products

Individuals who have been injured by defective products may have a right to monetary compensation. These claims include injuries arising from the use of automobiles, tools, equipment, medications and any other manufactured products. The law in this area requires that an injured person demonstrate that the product did not adequately warn of the potential dangers or that the design or manufacture of the product was unreasonably flawed and caused injury.

We have handled cases involving sporting equipment, medical devices, power tools, lawn mowers, tractors, and many other consumer products. These cases usually require expert technicians, engineers or specialists who are intimately familiar with a particular product, its design, and its intended uses, and dangers.

Defective product cases are usually vigorously defended by the manufacturers and require substantial costs to adequately bring with success. If, after investigating your case, we believe we can succeed in pursuing your case, we will pay the expenses of retaining the necessary experts up front and only ask that you bear the costs after we have succeeded in obtaining a recovery.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like assistance on a matter of this type.


Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

We all rely on healthcare professionals to care for us. Unfortunately, medical providers can make mistakes. When they fail to follow the appropriate standard of care the consequences can be very serious. These cases, more than any other cases involving negligence, should be handled by lawyers with experience and knowledge in this area.

The majority of medical malpractice cases we handle are sent to us by lawyers who practice in other areas of law. These lawyers send us their clients because they understand that we are equipped to handle these complicated cases.

We have investigated and handled matters involving virtually every medical specialty, including obstetrics, orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery, gastroenterology, cardiology, radiology, general surgery, thoracic surgery, podiatry, hospital and nursing home care, chiropractic medicine, urology, ophthalmology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, dental, oral surgery and medical product device litigation.

If we are asked to look into a matter involving medical malpractice, we are required by Connecticut law to have the case analyzed by a physician or medical specialist before actually filing a lawsuit. Pursuing these cases can be very expensive and protracted. However, as with most cases involving personal injuries, all costs are paid by us and are only charged to the client if we succeed in recovering a favorable settlement or judgment.

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