Motorcycles lack the protective features that are readily available in most cars, leaving riders more prone to serious injury, even death. If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, our Massachusetts motorcycle accident advocates are here to help. We are dedicated to representing you for injuries sustained from a motorcycle wreck. We understand the serious emotional, physical and financial toll a motorcycle crash can have on a person and his or her entire family, which is why we will fight for your rights at each stage of the legal process.
A Bedford man was critically injured when his motorcycle was rear-ended by a car earlier this month. He died from his injuries. According to law enforcement, the 59-year-old army veteran was heading west on a Massachusetts highway when a sedan struck him from behind. The motorcyclist was thrown off the vehicle and suffered life-threatening injuries and was immediately taken to the hospital. The driver of sedan refused medical treatment at the crash scene.
Sadly, motorcycle collisions are a common occurrence in Massachusetts and across the United States. There are over 160,000 registered motorcycles in Massachusetts and these vehicles are much more likely to be on the road during warmer months. Data from the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) highlights that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly crash on the road than those in passenger cars. In Massachusetts, there were 2,017 motorcycle accidents in 2016 resulting in 1,635 injuries and 42 deaths. In addition, motorcyclists in the state account for 1 out of every 7 traffic deaths.
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s recklessness or error, you may be able to recover monetary damages for your harm. Negligence is most often the legal theory used in motorcycle accident cases. Negligence, in law, is the failure to meet a standard of conduct established to protect society against unreasonable risk of harm. When it comes to motorcycle accidents, a motorist is negligent when he or she fails to use reasonable care behind the wheel or does something that a reasonably prudent person would not do, thereby causing an accident and resulting injury.
In some cases, the motorist may claim that the motorcyclist was partly to blame for the accident. Even if this is the case, the motorcyclist may still be able to recover compensation. Under Massachusetts’ comparative negligence law, a plaintiff may be able to recover compensation so long as he or she is less than 51 percent responsible for the accident and the resulting injuries.
Motorcycle accidents can result in catastrophic injuries. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you deserve compensation. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our hardworking Massachusetts motorcycle accident attorneys will examine the facts of your case and devise a sound legal strategy accordingly. When you choose our firm, you can trust that we have the experience and resources to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve following a crash. To schedule a free consultation, please call us today at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online.