Most bikers understand the inherent risks that they face when traveling on their motorcycles. These risks often stem from the inherent design, in contrast to other vehicles, and not towards their propensity for reckless or negligent driving. Most motorcyclists appreciate the risk they are taking and strive to operate their bikes safely. However, Massachusetts bikers often face biases and prejudices when they are involved in an accident. While bias and prejudice are unfortunate yet common factors in life, these biases often drastically impact an accident victim’s medical and financial recovery.
Motorcycle bias can impact every stage of a Massachusetts motorcycle crash lawsuit. These bikers are immediately at a disadvantage simply because of the preconceived notion that bikers are fundamentally reckless. While there are some instances where bikers engage in unsafe behavior, accidents often result because of another driver’s failure, a defective motorcycle part, or an unsafe roadway. However, the cases that show apparent negligence often make the headlines.
For example, a recent Massachusetts news source described a fatal motorcycle crash. The case is still under investigation; however, the manner of reporting and word usage imputes liability on the motorcyclist. The report explains that the motorcyclist was traveling in the passing lane and passing traffic while a tractor-trailer was making “a legal right turn.” The motorcycle was unable to stop and slammed into the tractor-trailer. Sadly, the motorcycle operator suffered fatal injuries from the incident. While all of those events might be accurate, the wording and depiction of an accident that is still under investigation is just one example of the biases many bikers face.