Motorcycle sales are increasing and with those sales, unfortunately, deaths and injuries caused
by motorcycle crashes are on the rise.
The odds of injury in a motorcycle accident are much
higher than in a simple car crash. According to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while 20 percent of passenger vehicle accidents
cause injury or death, 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death.
Motorcyclists do not stand much of a chance when they are in a collision with a rigid vehicle.
They are about 26 times more likely to die in a crash than is someone riding in a passenger
Soft tissue injuries occur frequently in car crashes but more serious injuries to
the head, arms, and legs are commonplace in a motorcycle crash. Head injuries are a
leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents. In 2009, there were 54 motorcyclist
fatalities in Massachusetts. When negligence is involved, victims or their families may sue
for compensation for their damages. Attorneys who practice in this area can provide
invaluable advice and assistance to you.
Best practices to avoid
Be aware of your surroundings when driving a car or a
motorcycle. To avoid an accident, car drivers should do the following:
side and rearview mirrors frequently. Motorcyclists are small and not as visible.
Sometimes they may be fairly close or may drive between lanes
Give motorcycles plenty of
room. Avoid following a motorcycle closely so that you have plenty of room to brake in an
Motorcyclists should do the following to protect themselves out on the
Wear a helmet and protective clothing. Helmets save lives. Helmet use
on motorcycles is the law in Massachusetts. Your helmet provides some protection in the event
of an accident. Reflective strips make you more visible at night
Avoid alcohol or
substance abuse. Rider and driver impairment are major causes of accidents
speeding. Adhere to rules of the road including speed limits
You can seek compensation
If you suffer injuries or
lose a family member in a motor vehicle accident, do not hesitate to speak to a Boston Massachusetts auto
accident attorney. Your lawyer can assist you in seeking the justice and fair compensation
that you deserve. Survivors of those who die in motorcycle accidents due to the negligence of
other parties may be able to bring a wrongful death action.
Contact us for
experienced legal guidance
At Feinberg & Alban, PC our experienced attorneys
can help you seek the fair compensation you deserve when you suffer injury through the negligent or
reckless actions of someone else. Contact us today.