Reading Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Handling Your Massachusetts Motorcycle Accident Claim With 30 Years of Experience
Many motorcyclists appreciate the thrill of the open road. Unfortunately, they also know just how dangerous their hobby can be. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist. All too often, these serious injuries and losses are caused by the negligence of another driver on the road.
If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, the Law Offices of Stephen M. Hughes, P.C. can help. You shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences of your accident alone, and we help ensure you don’t have to.
Tell us what happened at (781) 350-9342 today and take your first step toward holding the at-fault party accountable.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
In 2018, a total of 4,985 motorcyclists lost their lives to motorcycle accidents. The majority (63%) of these accidents were multiple-vehicle crashes. When cars and motorcycles collide, motorcyclists take the brunt of the impact because motorcyclists lack the crashworthiness and occupant protection characteristics of an automobile. Motorcycles are also less stable and harder to see.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Drivers failing to check their blind spots
- Unsafe lane changes
- Improper turns (especially left turns)
- Failure to yield (especially at intersections)
- Rider and driver inexperience
- Aggressive driving
- Driving under the influence
- Lane-splitting (illegal in Massachusetts)
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Cell phone use (texting and driving)
- And more
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are one of the most common motorcycle accident injuries, which is why so many safety organizations urge motorcyclists to wear a helmet. In Massachusetts, all motorcyclists and passengers must wear a helmet under the state’s mandatory helmet law. Unhelmeted motorcyclists are 3 times more likely to suffer a TBI.
With or without a helmet, common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Bruises and contusions
- Friction burns (road rash)
- Fractures (broken bones)
- Leg injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
- Internal injuries
- And more
In severe cases, motorcycle accidents can also end in death. No text message or act of carelessness is worth someone’s life.
Massachusetts Motorcycle Laws
Massachusetts not only requires all motorcyclists and passengers to wear a DOT-approved motorcycle helmet but also protect their eyes with eyeglasses, goggles, a protective face shield, or a built-in windscreen or windshield. Motorcyclists must also have a special motorcycle license or a motorcycle endorsement on their existing driver’s license.