A Massachusetts woman was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred in New Hampshire. The woman, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, suffered serious injuries to her leg when the motorcycle she was riding was struck by a mini-van. The 51-year-old woman was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Boston. The motorcycle was driven by a 57-year-old man; the mini-van that hit the motorcycle was driven by a 54-year-old man. Police are continuing to investigate the accident.

Because of the nature of motorcycles, motorcycle collisions can result in catastrophic injuries, which sometimes leave the victims with permanent disabilities. Motorcycle riders are not only vulnerable on the roadways because of the unprotected nature of a motorcycle, they are also vulnerable because many negligent and distracted drivers fail to watch for motorcycles. Statistics show that two-thirds of motorcycle accidents are caused by a driver that violated a motorcycle’s right of way. As a result, negligent drivers may face liability for failure to yield or may face liability in a variety of other circumstances, and may be required to compensate injured motorcycle accident victims.

Motorcycle accidents can result in head, brain, neck and spinal cord injuries in addition to broken bones; all of these types of injuries can potentially lead to permanent disability and a long road to recovery. Because of this, motorcycle accident victims may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, future medical care, lost wages, lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering.

Because of the severity of the injuries and the enormous medical bills that result, motorcycle accident victims may find it worthwhile to have a personal injury attorney evaluate the circumstances of the motorcycle accident. A legal professional can help a victim secure appropriate damages to aid in a speedy recovery.

Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette, “Winchendon woman hurt in NH motorcycle crash,” Oct. 1, 2013