A motorcycle accident can have a far-reaching impact and for that reason, motorcycle accident victims should understand that victims may have legal options available to consider.

A motorcycle accident in a nearby Massachusetts community, that first left a young man injured, has claimed the life of the 19-year old motorcyclist. The motorcycle accident resulted in serious injuries to the motorcycle accident victim which later claimed his life. The accident occurred between the motorcycle and a sports utility vehicle. According to authorities, the accident remains under investigation.

Motorcycle accidents can not only result in catastrophic injuries but can also result in death. In two-thirds of motorcycle accidents, the driver of a passenger vehicle is liable for a failure to yield the right of way to the motorcycle and caused the accident. In circumstances when a negligent driver, or distracted driver, is to blame for a motorcycle collision or fatal motorcycle crash, the driver may face liability for damages to the injured motorcycle accident victim or to family members of a lost loved one.

A personal injury, or wrongful death, claim can be brought against the negligent party for the recovery of damages. Injured victims may be able to recover compensation for damages such as medical expenses and lost wages. Families struggling with the loss of a loved one may also be able to recover damages including medical and funeral expenses and the loss of support and services to help offset the financial harm caused by the motorcycle accident.

A personal injury attorney can help all types of victims of a motorcycle accident consider options and evaluate damages. Once a motorcycle accident victim, or the family members of one, better understands the options available, victims and families can determine how to proceed.

Source: Mass Live, “Longmeadow man, 19, loses life in Indian Orchard motorcycle accident with SUV,” George Graham, Nov. 12, 2013