Motorcycle crashes are often especially severe due to the physical vulnerability of riders compared to those in cars around them. These wrecks can cause serious injuries such as broken bones, paralysis or brain injuries. If you’ve suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident, our skilled Massachusetts motorcycle accident lawyers will assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve following a crash. We will focus on the legalities so you can focus on healing.
A 25-year-old Massachusetts man recently died in a tragic motorcycle wreck in Portsmouth. Police officers were dispatched to the area around 4:45 p.m. after receiving calls about a serious accident. According to law enforcement, the man was on the on-ramp to the northbound side of the highway at the time of the crash. He was immediately transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, where he was pronounced dead. The police did not release the victim’s name. No other vehicles or individuals were involved in the accident
If a motorcycle crash is caused by someone else’s negligence, the victim can potentially file a personal injury lawsuit to recoup compensation for his or her injuries and losses. While the damages will vary in every case, an injured rider can generally seek compensation for medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages.
Filing a claim, however, necessitates proving that another’s conduct was a cause of your injuries. In order to establish negligence in Massachusetts, you must present evidence to prove the following:
- The defendant failed to use reasonable care (e.g., failed to follow a traffic law, acted recklessly, etc.) behind the wheel;
- The defendant’s failure was a direct and proximate cause of the motorcycle accident; and
- The plaintiff suffered quantifiable damages as a result (e.g., bodily injury, property damage, etc.).
Not every motorcycle accident involves two vehicles. In some cases, a motorcycle accident may involve the motorcycle alone. If you were injured in a single vehicle motorcycle accident, you may still be able to recover compensation for your harm. In many cases, single vehicle accidents can be traced to some form of negligence. For instance, if a municipality fails to maintain a safe roadway, and a roadway defect causes a motorcycle accident, the municipality may be liable. Another example would be if the motorcycle accident was caused by a design or manufacturing flaw, in which case, the manufacturer of the motorcycle may be on the hook for the injuries and losses resulting from the wreck.
Motorcycle accident injuries are often catastrophic since riders don’t have a steel cage protecting them the way individuals in a car or truck do. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a single vehicle motorcycle accident or a motorcycle wreck caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our seasoned Massachusetts motorcycle accident attorneys are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve. You can trust that we are committed to advocating for your rights. Please call us today at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us through our website.