Motorcycle accidents can lead to devastating, even deadly injuries. Not all motorcycle crashes involve colliding with another vehicle. Instead, some motorcycle accidents are single-vehicle accidents. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident, you shouldn’t assume you can’t recover compensation. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our Massachusetts motorcycle accident attorneys can examine the facts of your accident and identify each and every potentially liable party.
Last month, a Massachusetts man was killed during a single-vehicle motorcycle crash. The 20-year-old Medfield man was taken to Norwood Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police say town emergency personnel responded to reports of a crash in Walpole – a place 27 miles south of Boston – late in the evening.
Unfortunately, incidents like this are quite common. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, 40 percent of motorcyclist deaths in 2016 occurred in single-vehicle crashes, and 60 percent occurred in multiple-vehicle crashes. This has remained largely unchanged since the 1980s. It is important to note that alcohol played a role in 37 percent of deaths in single-vehicle crashes in 2016.
While single-vehicle motorcycle accidents only involve one vehicle, other individuals or entities may be responsible for causing the crash. Many single-vehicle motorcycle accidents are caused by the rider making an evasive maneuver to avoid a collision. For example, a motorcycle rider may end up colliding with a wall or barricade after swerving due to being cut off by another driver on the road. In other cases, the motorcycle may go end-over-end when a vehicle suddenly stops in front of it, forcing the rider to suddenly brake as well. In addition, a motorcyclist may lose control of the bike if he or she swerves to avoid crashing into a car door that was recklessly opened. Other causes of single-vehicle motorcycle accidents include road hazards and defective auto parts.
In each of the aforementioned examples, the injured motorcycle rider may be able to recover compensation for his or her harm through a personal injury lawsuit. The vast majority of these lawsuits are rooted in the legal theory of negligence. In the context of auto accidents, negligence takes place when a motorist fails to use the level of care that a reasonably competent motorist in the same situation would have used, thereby causing injuries or death to another person. For example, if a motorist causes a single-vehicle motorcycle accident by making an unsafe lane change, that motorist would likely be liable for negligence because a reasonably competent motorist would understand the foreseeable risk of accidents associated with such conduct.
If you or your loved one was injured in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to a cash payout for your harm. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our Massachusetts motorcycle accident attorneys can investigate every aspect of your accident, including conducting a virtual reconstruction if necessary. You can rest assured that we are committed to protecting your rights at every step of the way. For more information about your case, call us at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online today.
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