A motorcycle can be an efficient and fun way to travel on Massachusetts roads. Sadly, however, motorcycles are often involved in violent and sometimes deadly crashes when other motorists fail to act reasonably around them.
Motorcycle accidents often result in fatalities. According to data provided by the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in collisions per mile driven than people in cars. Of all motor vehicle accidents that happen on American roads, motorcyclists make up 14% of all roadway fatalities.
A big part of the reason motorcyclists face bigger risks than car drivers is the simple fact that motorcyclists are exposed to the elements. Motorcycles also lack many of the safety features of modern cars. However, one of the biggest risks to motorcycle riders comes from drivers of other vehicles.
The states have promulgated laws that are intended to protect motorcyclists, such as helmet laws and others that require safe driving by everyone on the road. However, a motorcyclist may do everything right and follow every law but still be gravely injured in a collision with a driver who simply did not notice them.
In the wake of a motorcycle accident, it is important that victims remember their rights and the fact that they have options to aid their recoveries. When victims survive their crashes, they may sue for the recovery of their damages through personal injury claims. When death results from a motorcycle crash, it may be possible for the victim’s family to seek damages through a wrongful death claim. Any questions about motorcycle accident litigation should be answered by a legal professional who works with victims of these often tragic incidents.