A police officer in a neighboring Massachusetts town was recently struck on his motorcycle. The motorcycle accident occurred while the police officer was leading a funeral procession. Police said the officer was hit by a vehicle while on his bike. The man was taken to a local hospital but seems to be in good condition. It was not immediately known if there were any other injuries in the motorcycle collision. A negligent driver who causes a motorcycle collision may face liability to the motorcycle accident victim.

Motorcyclists are in a vulnerable position on the roadway due to the size disparities. Further, cyclists present a smaller visual target and are sometimes missed by other drivers who then fail to yield to an oncoming motorcycle. Sadly, two-thirds of motorcycle accidents, are caused by other vehicles violating the cyclist’s right of way. For these same reasons, motorcycle accident victims can face serious, even catastrophic, injuries. Thus, it is important for motorcycle accident victims to understand their rights of recovery for injuries.

Motorcycle insurance laws can differ from automobile insurance laws. Yet, motorcycle accident victims who wish to pursue a negligent driver for the injuries sustained, will follow a typical personal injury claim of negligence. To prove the negligent driver’s liability, the motorcycle accident victim must prove that the driver owed a duty to the victim and that the driver failed to fulfill such duty by injuring the motorcycle accident victim. All drivers owe a duty of reasonable care on the roadways to other drivers. If this duty is breached, the negligent driver may face liability to the victim.

Motorcycle collisions can have serious consequences for motorcycle accident victims. The legal system provides options to help protect those who are injured.

Source: CBSLocal.com, “Fall River Motorcycle Officer Struck Escorting Funeral Procession,” Author Unknown, February 13, 2013.