Motorcycle Right-of-Way: Navigating the Road to Justice.

Posted by Patrick J. Walsh | Jul 08, 2024 | 0 Comments

Are you grappling with the aftermath of a motorcycle accident? Determining liability often hinges on understanding right-of-way rules. In Connecticut, it's the claimant's duty to establish that the other party's negligence led to the accident and resulting injuries.

But how do you discern who's at fault in a car vs. motorcycle collision? It's crucial to identify who should have yielded. Proving the specifics of your incident is key. For expert guidance, reach out to Hastings Cohan & Walsh, LLP – our seasoned motorcycle accident attorneys are ready to assist.

Remember, motorcycles are subject to the same road laws as any other vehicle. They deserve their own lane and, like other drivers, must obey traffic signs and yield when necessary. However, their smaller size doesn't permit cars to intrude into their lane; doing so can make car drivers liable for any accident.

Understanding Rights-of-Way in Different Scenarios:

Four-Way Stops: The first driver to arrive has the right-of-way. If arrival times are close, the vehicle to the right goes first.

Two-Way Stops: The motorist without a stop sign has the right-of-way.

Yield Signs: The driver with the yield sign must let others pass, unless the lane is clear.

Crosswalks: Pedestrians have priority in crosswalks, but motorcyclists can proceed when traffic signals permit.

Lane Splitting: In Connecticut, motorcyclists cannot lane split Connecticut General Statutes §14-289b – a common practice in Connecticut.

Motorcycle Accidents: When Drivers Fail to Yield

Drivers often cause accidents by infringing on motorcyclists' right-of-way. Types of accidents include head-on collisions, left turn accidents, blind spot crashes, and T-bone crashes. As the injured party, it's your responsibility to prove the driver's negligence.

Facing the Insurance Companies

After a motorcycle accident, you may find insurance companies quick to blame the biker. You need a skilled attorney to counter this, gathering evidence and striving for a substantial settlement.

Possible Damages in Your Claim

Victims of motorcycle accidents might be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. In tragic cases of wrongful death, families may seek damages for their loss.

Partner with Hastings Cohan & Walsh, LLP

Let us guide you from claim initiation to conclusion, combating insurance company tactics to deny full compensation. We're committed to safeguarding your rights. Contact us today free consultation.

About the Author

Patrick J. Walsh

Patrick J. Walsh has ranked on National Trial Lawyers' Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the past several years and received the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award twice. Practicing law for over 23 years.


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