Every year various safety agencies analyze traffic reports and compile research regarding accident data. While the pandemic brought a reduction in daily traffic and road congestion, reports indicate that there were over 330 fatal crashes in Massachusetts in 2020; the same number as in 2019. Although there were fewer fatal pedestrian accidents in 2020, all other modes of transportation saw increased fatal accidents. In regards to motorcycle accidents, there were 47 fatal accidents in 2019 and 51 in 2020. As summer progresses and more people take to the roads, this number will likely increase.
Motorcycle riding is a popular mode of transportation, but it leaves passengers and operators vulnerable to severe accidents. Motorcycle passengers tend to be in an even more defenseless position because they are at the mercy of the motorcycle operator. When a passenger suffers injuries in an accident, the law provides them with recourse for their damages. Depending on the case’s unique circumstances, the passenger or their representative may have a valid claim for damages against multiple parties.
A Massachusetts motorcycle passenger may recover damages from the bike’s operator, another at-fault driver, both the operator and the other driver, or even the motorcycle manufacturer. Available compensation depends on the extent of the passenger’s injuries or whether they experienced fatal injuries. For instance, Massachusetts police are investigating a double fatal motorcycle crash. According to reports, a motorcycle operator and his passenger wife were traveling north when they collide with a southbound sedan. Tragically the couple did not survive the accident and died upon impact. Emergency responders transported the sedan’s driver to a local hospital. While no charges have been placed at this time, police are still investigating the incident.