Motorcyclists in Massachusetts suffer from a disproportionate number of accidents and injuries, despite following almost all of the same road regulations as other drivers. Per mile traveled, motorcyclists have a 35 times greater risk of being fatally injured in an accident than a passenger car. According to stats, between 2001 and 2008 an estimated 1,222,000 people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for non-fatal motorcycle injuries. According to the Hurt Report, failure of motorists to spot and recognize motorcyclists is the predominant cause in motorcycle accidents.
To lessen the danger, certain requirements present themselves to motorcycle riders. Massachusetts requires that all motorcyclists wear a helmet. There is also a motorcycle safety program offered in 13 locations across the state.
If you suffer an injury while riding a motorcycle and another driver is at fault, you could be entitled to damages for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, scarring, disfigurement and loss of enjoyment in life. But, unlike car and bicycle accident victims, Massachusetts law does not require that motorcyclists receive no-fault Personal Injury Protection benefits. The loss of these no-fault benefits combined with the usual severity of injury is another very important reason to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Motorcycle accidents almost always result in serious injury, along with work disability and property damage, and the rights of the rider need to be protected. Contacting an experienced Massachusetts motorcycle lawyer can help determine if you have a case, and which parties are liable. Motorcycle accidents, like all motor vehicle accidents, are subject to a statute of limitations that designates how long you have to file a claim, so it is best not to wait.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is imperative to find a lawyer that has experience taking such cases to trial, and also has worked with accident reconstruction teams and insurance companies. Because of their reputation and the difficulties in presenting a case in court, juries and insurance companies can often be unfair in motorcycle accident cases.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Massachusetts, please contact us directly to schedule your free consultation to discuss your options.