Choose an Experienced Massachusetts Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is critical to find a lawyer who has taken these cases to trial, who is experienced in working on these cases with accident reconstruction teams and insurance companies. Motorcycle accident cases are challenging to settle and present in court. Motorcyclists are not always treated fairly by juries and insurance companies. The lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck of Boston have this experience and recently settled a motorcycle accident case for a client for $3.75 million. Click here to read more.
If you have been injured, it is important to learn your rights. Contact our attorneys at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676, or use our contact form, for a free legal consultation. We are located in Government Center in Boston and handle cases throughout Massachusetts.
While motorcyclists travel the same roads as other drivers and follow many of the same regulations, they suffer a disproportionate number of the accidents and injuries in Massachusetts and across the United States. Motorcycle accidents can be traumatic both physically and emotionally. Nationwide, motorcycle accidents resulting in wrongful death account for more than 10 percent of all traffic fatalities. Others who are injured may face long hospital stays and months of medical treatment.
If you are injured while riding a motorcycle and another driver is at fault, you may be entitled to damages for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, scarring, disfigurement and loss of enjoyment of life. In wrongful death cases, punitive damages may also available. But in Massachusetts, motorcyclists are not required to receive no-fault Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits under the law. This is one of the first and most basic types of benefits provided to car and bicycle accident victims in Massachusetts and they are provided regardless of fault. This absence of benefits and the severity of injuries motorcyclists often suffer make it critical to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer immediately following a crash.
How Motorcycle Accidents Happen
The majority of motorcycle accidents involve a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle. Drivers are accustomed to seeing other cars and trucks on the road, but do not always watch out for motorcyclists. Accidents can result when motorcycles are not given proper space on the road. Accidents can also happen when motorcyclists collide with each other or from operation of defective equipment. Motorcycles are more vulnerable to injuries caused by reckless drivers engaged in behaviors such as talking on cell phones, texting while driving, distracted driving, failing to stay within marked lanes and failure to stop at intersections. Drivers do not always pay attention until the motorcyclist is right upon them and it is too late to act.
What to Do When You Have a Motorcycle Accident
Many times, motorcycle accidents result in a rider leaving the scene in an ambulance. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and have not visited the hospital emergency room, you should seek immediate medical attention, even if you do not believe you have been injured. The emergency room staff will evaluate you for broken bones, concussions and internal injuries, as well as document your injuries.
Choosing a Massachusetts Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents almost always cause serious injury and work disability along with significant property damage. After a motorcycle accident, your legal rights need to be protected. You should immediately contact an experienced Boston motorcycle accident lawyer to identify whether you have a case, potential parties who may be liable and investigate. Motorcycle accident injuries are governed by a Statute of Limitations, which restrict how long you have to file your claim.
If you have been injured, contact us today for a free legal consultation at 617-723-7676 or toll free at 1-800-379-1244 or use our contact form.
You can also view our Case Results page and read about our past successes for injured clients. Below are a few examples of our results for cases involving motorcycle accidents and motor vehicle accidents:
Motorcycle Accident - Motorcyclist Struck By Car, Suffers Facial Fractures, Concussion and Loss of Vision in One Eye - $3,750,000
Bus Accident - Bus Runs Over Pedestrian - $7,100,000
Truck Accident - Tractor-trailer Strikes Car, Severe Orthopedic Injuries - $3,000,000
Motorcyclists can be proactive in preventing personal injuries by learning the rules of the road and following the law requiring they wear a helmet. There are numerous resources available online containing information about safety training, finding the right helmet and other questions.
Motorcycle Tips for Sharing the Road, Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
Massachusetts Rider Education Program, Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Motorcycle and Bicycle Helmet Use Laws, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
What You Should Know About Motorcycle Helmets, Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
The Boston motorcycle accident lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck handle motorcycle accident cases occurring in Boston, Brockton, Fall River, Framingham, Lowell, Lynn, Quincy, Springfield, Waltham, Walpole, Foxborough, Plymouth and throughout Massachusetts.