Bicycle Accidents

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

Bicycle & Cycling Accident Attorney in 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, contact us immediately. We will help you find answers, seek justice and get you back on your feet.  Our 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

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 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. 

Recent Case Results

    $9,000,000

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    $7,500,000

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    Product Liability Settlement

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    Motor Vehicle Settlement

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    Motor Vehicle Arbitration Award

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    Serious Injury Verdict

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    Premise Liability Verdict

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Client Reviews of Our Bicycle Accidents Attorneys

    Pure professionalism and care in moments of need.

    Pure professionalism and care in moments of need.

    Pure professionalism and care in moments of need. I was worried they would impact my day to day life negatively, I was so wrong. I was not called or bothered unless it really mattered: BWP listened to me and came to a desired settlement, more than I could hope for. I highly recommend the firm if you are in need.

    - Meredith R

    They are my go to team if I ever need legal services again.

    They are my go to team if I ever need legal services again.

    I was fortunately referred to this practice by a coworker. I was never so pleased dealing with such wonderful people through a bad situation. They continually kept me up to date with the status of my case. I would definitely recommend this firm for any legal issues. They are my go to team if I ever need legal services again.

    - Genevieve A.

    I would definitely recommend Buckley, Wynne & Parese to friends and family.

    I would definitely recommend Buckley, Wynne & Parese to friends and family.

    On December 13, 2016 I was involved in an automobile accident (not my fault) at which time my car was totaled and I was injured. Fortunately, occupants of the other vehicle were not hurt. While at the auto body shop that I use, I picked up a Buckley, Wynne & Parese booklet. After reading through the information I made a phone call to the law office and was immediately scheduled with an appointment. I met with John Parese who discussed the process with me and made me feel at ease and confident that I was in good hands in moving forward. John was upfront in telling me that patience was key to moving through the process and completing all doctor visits and physical therapy were key to a positive outcome. John remained in contact, checking in on my progress and advising where we were in the proceeding. Thanks to Attorney Parese we were able to reach a positive outcome and for that I am truly grateful. I would definitely recommend Buckley, Wynne & Parese to friends and family. Thank you John!

    - Barbara P

    I couldn’t recommend them enough.

    I couldn’t recommend them enough.

    Following an accident resulting in injuries and dealing with the headache that is insurance companies, I contacted John Parese. That was probably the best decision I could have made! John was prompt and beyond knowledgeable. Everything was taken care of and then some. I couldn’t recommend them enough.

    - Garrett W.

    I would HIGHLY recommend John Parese and the BWP team to anyone!!

    I would HIGHLY recommend John Parese and the BWP team to anyone!!

    I had the pleasure of working with attorney John Parese from BWP. John was awesome, his attention to detail and his open line of communication was impressive. I didn’t feel like he was my attorney, but more like a friend.I would HIGHLY recommend John Parese and the BWP team to anyone!!

    - Dan S.

    This firm is the best!

    This firm is the best!

    I had the best service ever. Great people and great company

    - Viktor K

    Mr. Buckley made sure I was comfortable and knew what was coming next.

    Mr. Buckley made sure I was comfortable and knew what was coming next.

    I had a very pleasant experience dealing with Buckley, Wynne & Parese Personal Injury Attorneys. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. John Buckley on a personal matter. I was often times very nervous about proceedings and was always made to feel at ease. I was always kept in the loop and if I was unsure of anything, Mr. Buckley made sure I was comfortable and knew what was coming next. He was always very kind and I trusted everything he had to say. I want to thank him, the firm and everyone that helped me out in such a hard time in my life.

    - Shannon Law

    Thank you  so much for your hard work

    Thank you so much for your hard work

    It was really great working with John Parese. He answered all my questions, made me feel comfortable, and helped me to understand the process. Each step of the way, he kept me posted and updated. His team is very respectful and thoughtful. I am definitely very satisfied with the outcome. Thank you so much for your hard work!

    - Angel Alves

    Highly recommend this firm!

    Highly recommend this firm!

    John Buckley handled my case and John Parese fought for me in court. These guys are honest and fair, 10/10 would recommend!

    - John P.

    The outcome was great

    The outcome was great

    Atty John Parese was amazing from beginning to end of our case. He and his teamed stayed on top of everything and kept us informed along the way. The outcome was great and I highly recommend BWP and I have sent family and friends to them since. Top notch.

    - Bethany and Kyle P.

    Never have I ever come in contact with an attorney like John!

    Never have I ever come in contact with an attorney like John!

    Never have I ever come in contact with an attorney like John. My son’s case did not drag on for years. It settled faster than I ever thought it would. It was a great settlement for my son. John Parese has heart and soul and has the drive to get the job done. By far, John is the attorney you want to have by your side to represent you. You can trust him with your future and your life. I know I did!

    - Rosemarie F.

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    - Sally McVey McCartin

    I could not thank them enough! I highly recommend them!

    I could not thank them enough! I highly recommend them!

    I have dealt with John Buckley for over 2 years from a car accident I was in, my experience was FABULOUS! John handled everything, he and his staff were so helpful and made the overall experience of an unfortunate event very stress-free! I could not thank them enough! I highly recommend them!

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    - Ben F.

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    Thank you so much for all the support you give to MADD CT

    Thank you so much for all the support you give to MADD CT. It is an honor to have you part of us. Words could never express how much it means to us!

    - MADD CT Staff

    Attorney Parese came highly recommended!

    Attorney Parese came highly recommended!

    Attorney Parese came highly recommended as someone with both a legal expertise and a personal touch. In the end, both turned out to be exactly the case. John was a regular at our kitchen table reviewing progress along the way. Now, years later, we are still exchanging holiday cards!

    - Raymond

    Thank you for all your help and support.

    Thank you for all your help and support.

    Thank you for all your help and support. Jim and I really appreciate it. Thank you for the baby basket it was very thoughtful and generous.

    - Jimmy & Justine

    Thank you John for your support

    Thank you John for your support

    Thank you John Parese for your support in these two years was really appreciated!

    - M. Daly & Family

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    I want to thank you so very much for all your help especially when I was a nervous wreck over some things.

    - Robin

    Thanks for helping me with the MV accident!

    Thanks for helping me with the MV accident!

    My family and I will always be grateful to you and your awesome staff for assisting me.

    - Lenona B.

    Your kindness is deeply appreciated!

    Your kindness is deeply appreciated!

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    Thank you for helping my mom!

    Thank you for helping my mom!

    I recommend Attorney Parese to all he did an awesome job for my dear mom when a drunk driver injured her.

    - Leo B.

    You have helped me beyond words!

    You have helped me beyond words!

    Thank you again for taking the time out of your busy day to come up to New Britain court with me to help me with my MV case. I am forever grateful, thanks again!

    - Melissa D.

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    The best firm in the world!

    The best firm in the world, do not bother looking any further!

    - Ron B.

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    Thank you for you generous donation!

    Thank you for you generous donation! Without your help, Kid-U-Not, would not be able to help living organ donors in Connecticut!

    - Sally M.

    I'd refer John Wynne to any of my CT friends!

    I'd refer John Wynne to any of my CT friends!

    Thank you so much for all of your hard work involving the case with my brother and I. We appreciate all of your communication and best of luck with your practice.

    - Jake F.

    Excellent group of lawyers!

    Excellent group of lawyers!

    John Buckley handled a case for me and not once was he not available when I called with concerns or questions. If I ever again need an attorney I would not hesitate to call them. They are honest and fair with all their clients. Thank you gentleman for all you do!

    - Lillian D.

    I really appreciate your support throughout the case!

    I really appreciate your support throughout the case!

    I wanted to take a minute and thank you for all your hard work! Best of luck with all of your other cases!

    - Emily W.

    John Buckley is honest and kind-hearted

    John Buckley is honest and kind-hearted

    John Buckley is such a sweet soul and the best Attorney on the planet! He's honest, kind-hearted, and he keeps it real 100% of the time, no matter what!

    - Cynthia Rachel Spivey

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    I felt comfortable through the whole process

    John Buckley is great. I felt comfortable through the whole process and he educated me along the way! I highly recommend John and his group.

    - Scott T.

    These guys take care of the working man!

    These guys take care of the working man!

    Thank you very much for taking care of the working man and being so caring and obtaining the agreement that you did with all parties involved.

    - John G.

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    - Matthew P.

    John went above and beyond!

    John went above and beyond!

    I sought out John Buckley to represent my interests when the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed impossible. He is calm, personable and extremely professional, explaining each step of the process with integrity and transparency. John went above and beyond to ensure a great outcome and should I ever be in need of legal representation again, I wouldn't hesitate to call him.

    - Joe S.

    Highly recommend

    Highly recommend

    John Buckley recently handled a case for me. Amazing, attentive service from all staff. Attention to detail and old fashioned good values is what makes them the right choice when you need help.

    - Cindy Proto Walker

    Your kindness and patience are without compare.

    Your kindness and patience are without compare.

    John-Thank you so very much for the time and attention you put into Mom’s case. Your kindness and patience are without compare.

    - Frank

    Thanks for serving as my attorney!

    Thanks for serving as my attorney!

    Joe and I both appreciate that you believed in me!

    - Dawn K.

    Thank you so much!

    Thank you so much!

    John Buckley is such a sweet soul and the best darn Attorney on the planet! He’s honest, kind hearted and did I mention he’s the best darn attorney?

    - Cynthia

    I would recommend this law firm to anyone!

    I would recommend this law firm to anyone!

    Attorney John Wynne helped with the personal injury case and we won because of him! I would recommend this law firm to anyone!

    - Theo

    I'd recommend this firm.

    I'd recommend this firm.

    The staff was attentive, including Mr. Wynne - I'd recommend this firm.

    - Elizabeth DeWolf

    Would not go to anyone else

    Would not go to anyone else

    We have worked with the firm of Buckley Wynne and Parese over the past several years, exclusively with Atty. John Parese. We feel that Atty. Parese is our "go-to" attorney for whatever we need, whether it's case related or legal advice on a personal matter. John is ALWAYS quick to respond, professional in his presentation and honest and sincere with his approach. We trust him 1000%, would not go to anyone else and we refer the firm whenever we can. In addition, everyone on the office staff is just as professional, responsive and helpful. A "Wynne-ing" combination for sure.

    - The Gagliardi Family

    Thank you for expertise, you and your staff are amazing.

    Thank you for expertise, you and your staff are amazing.

    I would highly recommend John Buckley and BWP. John explained every aspect of my situation and how to approach resolution, He made sure I was kept informed with frequent meetings/phone calls and was always available to answer questions. John provides old fashioned, quality service with the knowledge to get the job done correctly, efficiently, with honesty and integrity. He listened to my concerns, addressed them, and explained each step of the way how the process worked. He even got me a ride to court when I told him I was afraid to drive during a snowstorm!

    - Cynthia Walker

    I highly recommend John Parese and his team!

    I highly recommend John Parese and his team!

    I was injured in an auto accident. BWP fought for me to get the best settlement due to my injuries. I can't thank them enough, best attorneys in the state! I highly recommend John Parese and his team!

    - April Marie Frasca

    We recommend Mr. Parese without reservation.

    We recommend Mr. Parese without reservation.

    John Parese represented my family in an automobile accident case. Not only did he impeccably represent them, his calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most. My parents and I are eternally grateful for his service and I hereby recommend Mr. Parese without reservation.

    - Michael D'Andrea

    Great law office; very professional

    Great law office; very professional

    They are a great law office. Very professional and nice guys. Their office staff is excellent as well.

    - David Augustine

    I can’t thank you enough for your hard work.

    I can’t thank you enough for your hard work.

    John I can’t thank you and your assistant Aubrey enough for your hard work. I will be SURE to recommend this law firm to my friends and family.

    - Lisa Ann

    Best attorney in the game!

    Best attorney in the game!

    Best attorney in the game! But it all starts with him being one of the best humans out there. If anyone is looking for someone they can not only trust but relate to. All without the fear of judgment. This is your man. Literally, for any legal matter weather, it's his field or not. From my personal experience, his rolodex is deep and will always set you up for success. He's one of the good ones.

    - Bob S.

    The best!

    The best!

    John Buckley is wonderful! He goes the extra mile for you as a client. He is caring and understanding yet remains very professional with you as a client. He explains everything in a way so you understand what may or may not happen with your case. He is the best!

    - Robin S.

    I highly recommend this firm

    I highly recommend this firm

    John Buckley handled my case. I have had many contacts with various attorney's, over 40 years in my job and by far John Buckley is one of the most professional lawyers I have ever met. Courteous, he always explained everything clear and concise so I understood. The staff at Buckley Wynne & Parese are great also. I highly recommend this firm.

    - Carol F.