Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Limited Visibility in Massachusetts

motorcycleWhile motorcycle riders love the thrill of an open road, they face many risks on that road. Since motorcycles are much smaller than other passenger vehicles, it can be much more difficult to see them clearly on the road. Unfortunately, drivers often overlook motorcycles and cause devastating accidents. If this has happened to you or someone you love, you need to reach out to a seasoned Massachusetts motorcycle accident attorney without delay. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we are committed to getting victims of motorcycle accidents the compensation they deserve for their harm.

Drivers often fail to notice motorcycles at intersections, in adjacent lanes, and in other areas on the road. Sadly, motorcycle accidents caused by limited visibility are more common than you may think. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that limited visibility caused about 38 percent of all fatal crashes in 2011. Given the size disparity between motorcycles and other vehicles, motorcycle riders are much more susceptible to injury, given the lack of structural protection surrounding their body.

All motorists have an obligation to drive in a prudent manner in order not to cause harm to others on the road. When a driver’s carelessness or recklessness results in a motorcycle accident and resulting injuries, that driver can be liable under the legal theory of negligence. For negligence to be established, the plaintiff must demonstrate the following elements:

  1. Duty of care:  the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care, meaning the defendant had an obligation to act as a reasonable person would act in the same situation;
  2. Breach:  the defendant breached the duty of care, either by action or by inaction;
  3. Causation:  the defendant’s breach caused the motorcycle accident; and
  4. Damages:  the plaintiff suffered bodily harm or property damage as a result.

Even if a motorcyclist fails to wear a helmet or causes or contributes to the accident in some way, he or she may still be able to recover compensation.

Motorcycle accidents can result in serious, even life-altering injuries that can be extremely costly to treat. Once negligence is established, the plaintiff can recover a variety of damages based on the specific nature and extent of the injuries suffered, including but not limited to medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, future medical care, and any other losses from the accident. Having financial resources is extremely important to help you meet the challenges that arise after a serious motorcycle accident.

Unfortunately, a number of motorcycle crashes take place because other drivers did not see the motorcycle on the road. If you or someone close to you was injured in a motorcycle accident due to a motorist’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. AtBarry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our diligent Massachusetts motorcycle accident attorneys can provide reliable and personalized legal representation at every step of the way. With over 25 years of experience, we understand how to effectively advocate for your rights. Contact us today by calling us at 1-800-262-9200 or contacting us through our website.

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