Bicycle Accidents Lawyer in Manchester, CT

Each year thousands of people are injured in bicycle accidents in Manchester. If you are one of them, call the experienced bicycle accident attorneys in Manchester at Buckley Wynne & Parese to resolve your case quickly and efficiently.

Manchester, CT

Bicycle & Cycling Accident Attorney in Manchester, CT

With Connecticut’s endless scenic backroads and beautiful weather, it is no surprise that biking and cycling are very popular activities amongst residents and visitors. Unfortunately, even the safest riders can get seriously injured and the consequences, whether physical, financial and/or emotional, can be devastating. 

Buckley Wynne & Parese is committed to providing victims and their loved ones with exceptional legal service. If you have been injured in a bicycling or cycling accident in Manchester, contact us immediately. We will help you find answers, seek justice and get you back on your feet.  Our Manchester bicycle accident attorneys will meet you anywhere and at any time, whether that’s a hospital, a home, a restaurant, or the office for a free, confidential consultation.

Common Causes of Collisions Involving Bicyclists, Cyclists and Motor Vehicles:

  • A Driver Failed to Stop at an Intersection, Yield the Right-of-Way or Failed to Use Turning Signals
  • A Driver was Speeding, Distracted and/or Intoxicated
  • A Driver Encroached or Veered into a Bike Lane, Shoulder of Road, Crosswalk, or Path of a Bicyclist or Cyclist
  • A Driver Misjudged the Distance and Space Needed to Safely Pass a Bicyclist or Cyclist
  • A Driver Opened a Door in the Path of a Bicyclist or Cyclist

Other Common Causes of Bicycle/Cyclist Accidents:

  • A Bicyclist or Cyclist Falls Off the Bike Due to Poorly Maintained and/or Hazardous Road Conditions
  • A Bicyclist or Cyclist Collides with a Pedestrian or Another Bicyclist or Cyclist
  • A Bicyclist or Cyclist is Attacked by a Dog or Another Animal
  • A Bicycle is Defective, Damaged or Poorly Repaired

Connecticut State Bicycle Laws

  • Bicyclists Traveling on Roadways have the Same Rights and Responsibilities as Motorists (I.E. Must Stop at Red Lights, Must Make Full Stops at Stop Signs)
  • Bicyclists Cannot Ride on the Right Side of the Road into Oncoming Traffic
  • Bicyclists Must Use Hand or Mechanical Signals to Communicate with Other Travelers
  • Bicyclists are to Ride as Near the Right Side of the Roadway as is Safe, as Judged by the Bicyclists, Except When…
    o Passing Another Vehicle Proceeding in the Same Direction
    o Preparing to Make a Left Turn
    o Necessary to Avoid Hazardous Conditions
    o The Lane is Too Narrow for a Bicycle and Motor Vehicle to Travel Safely Side by Side Within Such Lane
    o Approaching an Intersection with a Right Turn Only Lane, a Bicyclists Proceeding Straight May Ride on the Left-Hand Side of Such Lane
    o Riding on a One-Way Street, the Bicyclist May Ride as Near to the Left Side of the Roadways as Judged Safe by the Bicyclist 
  • Motorists Must Provide a Minimum of 3 Feet of Passing Area Around a Cyclist when Emerging from Driveways and Alleys
  • Children Under the Age of 16 Must Wear a Helmet (Regardless of Whether they are With a Parent)
  • During a Nighttime and Times of Low Visibility, a Bicyclist Must Utilize a Front Light Visible from 500 Feet, a Rear Red Reflector or Light Visible from 600 Feet, and a Reflective Material on the Bike Visible from 600 Feet on Each Side

Cycling and Biking in Connecticut

Connecticut Explorer’s “Top 5 Paved Bike Trails in Connecticut” 

1. Farmington River Trail

  • 26 Miles
  • Communities: Farmington, Cheshire, Collinsville, Canton, Avon, Simsbury

2. Trumbull Rail Trail (Pequonnock Greenway)

  • 9 Miles
  • Community: Trumbull

3. Monroe Housatonic Rail Trail (Pequonnock Greenway)

  • 5 Miles
  • Community: Monroe

4. Airline Trail

  • 21 Miles
  • Communities: Hampton, Colchester, Lebanon, Hebron, Columbia

5. Farmington Canal Heritage Trail: 

  • 80 Miles
  • Communities: New Haven, Hamden, Cheshire, Milldale, Plantsville, Southington, Plainville, Farmington, Avon, Simsbury, Granby, West Suffield MA, Southwick MA, Westfield MA

For more information, visit: Connecticut Explorer

Connecticut’s Office of Tourism’s “Cycling with a View”

“Connecticut has miles of back roads perfect for bike rides that wind through rolling farmland, trace scenic coastlines and meander through charming small towns. Here's just a small sample of some popular routes.”

  • Around Bantam Lake
  • Westport Ramble
  • Mystic 20
  • Pomfret Loop (Putnam)
  • Litchfield Hills Rides
  • Lighthouse Point (New Haven)

For more information, visit: CT Visit

Connecticut’s Charity Bike Rides

 

For more information, visit Bike New England

What to Do if You’ve Been Injured a Bicycle or Cycling Accident in Manchester

STEP 1: Call 911 

STEP 2: Seek Medical Treatment. Adrenaline can sometimes mask injuries or symptoms can be delayed. If EMS determines emergent medical care is not necessary, be sure to follow up with your doctor.

STEP 3: Contact Buckley Wynne & Parese

A thorough investigation of your bicycle accident is absolutely critical. 

Some of the Ways in Which BWP Will Help 

  • Obtain the Name(s) of Involved Parties
  • Gather the Names and Contact Information of Potential Witnesses  
  • Obtain the Proper Written Documentation 
  • Take Photos and Videos of the Scene 

Ways in Which You Can Help

  • Write Down Notes/Details Regarding the Accident (What Happened, Where Were You) 
  • Save and Preserve Anything Damaged in the Accident (Bicycle, Clothing, Helmet) 
  • Avoid Making Any Statements to Insurance Companies
  • Take Photos of your Injuries
  • Don’t Post Any Relevant Information to Social Media

Contact Buckley Wynne & Parese

Our Manchester attorneys have over 100 years of knowledge and experience in representing victims who have suffered injuries in bicycle and cycling accidents. Here at BWP, we understand the profound effects that these accidents can have on victims and their families regardless of whether the victim is a commuter, beginner or avid cyclist. Call us today. 

Client Reviews of Our Manchester, CT Personal Injury Attorneys

    Friendly, professional and VERY responsive!

    Friendly, professional and VERY responsive!

    Attorney John Buckley was highly recommended to me by quite a few people and upon my first meeting to discuss my case, I knew immediately that I was in good hands. He took his time to explain everything to me in great detail and stayed in communication throughout my entire case. His staff was also extremely friendly, professional and VERY responsive! I actually never had to reach out about my case because they over-communicated with me from beginning to end. My accident was very unfortunate, but I’m extremely grateful I was working with Attorney Buckley through it all! I highly recommend this law firm!!!

    - Jamie B.

    Respectful, extremely knowledgeable, & understanding

    Respectful, extremely knowledgeable, & understanding

    Recently engaged BWP concerning a motor vehicle accident. From the initial consult, and continuing throughout the entire process, John Parese and the entire staff were respectful, extremely knowledgeable, understanding of my goals and supportive to work towards achieving the best possible outcome. It was a very seamless, friendly relationship and a firm that I would highly recommend to anyone.

    - Robert T.

    Couldn’t have been happier with the services I received!

    Couldn’t have been happier with the services I received!

    I contacted BWP in June 2019, after I was hit by a drunk driver. John Wynne was my attorney. I couldn’t have been happier with the services I received. Everyone I dealt with was very professional and made sure I had all the help I needed. I highly recommend this law firm.

    - Valerie

    Quick and consistent

    Quick and consistent

    John Buckley was quick and consistent in relaying information to me regarding litigation, and he and his staff were always very supportive of any requests I made. John’s experience and strategic expertise made the difference in dealing with the insurance company, and we achieved the best possible outcome thanks to his vigilance. Cannot recommend BWP highly enough!

    - Richard

    5 star all the way!

    5 star all the way!

    Upon my first meeting to discuss my case, I knew that I found the right place to handle it!! Attorney John Parese was fantastic, definitely 5 star all the way! Everything regarding the process and the timing was very well explained. The communication was excellent, and I was always kept up to date throughout beginning to end! Each person that I had contact with in the office was professional and very responsive. I never had to worry about anything which was a great relief to me. While my case may have to been as complicated as others are, I was always made to feel important. I can’t recommend Buckley Wynne & Parese enough should you find yourself being injured from an accident. Do yourself a favor and give them a call!

    - JB Keys

    Knowledge, trust, & accessibility

    Knowledge, trust, & accessibility

    John Buckley exhibits knowledge, trust, accessibility, instills faith and I felt he always had my best interest at heart. Thank you John Buckley and team for easing my mind during a difficult time. I highly recommend.

    - Diane M.

    John Parese is the best!

    John Parese is the best!

    Attorney Parese just finished a motor vehicle case for me. At the time of my accident, I was a 32 year vet of a police department and the accident forced me into retirement. I am just a working person who depends on attorneys like John to help people in need and they can trust. John Parese is the best.

    - John

    It is clear that helping people is important to you

    It is clear that helping people is important to you

    This is a very heartfelt thank you for all you did to help resolve my case. The accident and what followed was confusing and a bit overwhelming. However, the best thing to come of it was the recommendation to contact you. Your expertise as well as your down-to-earth and friendly manner immediately put me at ease. I greatly appreciated your willingness to go above and beyond (meeting and bringing paperwork to my house on a weekend after my surgery) and all the time you took to explain all aspects of the case. Your generosity in giving me some of your fee was also very much appreciated. It is clear that helping people is important to you, and I am grateful to have been of those you helped. Hopefully, I will never need to use your services again, but I will be sure to recommend you to others who do.

    - Carrie

    Parese listened carefully

    Parese listened carefully

    John Parese listened carefully, we discussed options, he gave me his expert advice on where he thought we would end up and he went to work to attain the damages I was due. I received status calls and notifications along the way and received the settlement we were expecting. I never doubted John’s integrity and trusted being in his hands. I hope I don’t get rear ended again but if I do, I’ll call John right away.

    - Joseph Schipani

    From the moment I met Attorney Buckley, he put me at ease

    From the moment I met Attorney Buckley, he put me at ease

    From the moment I met Attorney Buckley, he put me at ease. At first, I was hesitant to contact an attorney after the car crash, yet after deciding to work with Buckley, Wynne & Parese, I was pleased that I did. During the time it took to settle my case, Attorney Buckley was always available for consultations, he responded to queries within hours, and walked me through the litigation process step by step. He has a great team of paralegals and assistants who were courteous and professional. I am grateful for his help.

    - Nicole C.