Arlington Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Legal Help for Arlington Motorcycle Accident Victims
Arlington, Massachusetts is a bustling suburb, located eight miles from downtown Boston and situated between Cambridge and Lexington/Concord, well known tourist destinations. The streets in Arlington are becoming increasingly more crowded, due to population growth, commuters, deliveries, and the proliferation of ridesharing. Heavier traffic means a greater risk of accidents. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash caused by someone else’s negligence, speak with an experienced Arlington motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible.
How Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen in Arlington?
In the most recent year for which statistics are available, there were 59 motorcycle deaths in Massachusetts, accounting for 16% of all traffic fatalities, as reported on Mass.gov. From 2014 to 2018, 257 individuals died in motorcycle accidents statewide. Motorcyclists have rights on the road, the same as passenger vehicle drivers. Many motorcycle crashes are caused by the negligence of other drivers. Common causes include:
- Distracted driving: Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than cars, trucks, or SUVs. A driver who is not paying attention may fail to see a motorcycle in the roadway.
- Following too closely: Tailgating is dangerous under any circumstances, but it can be particularly dangerous when a passenger vehicle driver tailgates a motorcyclist. When hit from behind, a rider can be propelled off the bike and into traffic.
- Negligent left-hand turns: Many motorcycle accidents occur when a driver executing a left turn at an intersection turns directly into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist.
- Speeding: The faster a vehicle is traveling, the more time and distance the driver needs to slow down or stop to avoid hitting a motorcyclist. Speeding increases both the likelihood of a crash and the impact of a collision when it occurs.
- Unsafe lane changes: Enclosed vehicles all have blind spots, and motorcycles are smaller and more difficult to see. When a driver fails to perform a head check before switching lanes, a motorcyclist in the lane beside the car can be side-swiped or forced into a dangerous maneuver to avoid it.
- Drunk or drugged driving: Alcohol and many drugs, including marijuana, can significantly impair reaction time, judgment, and driving ability. Impaired drivers put everyone on the roadway at risk, including motorcyclists.
What Types of Injuries Are Common in Motorcycle Accidents?
Lacking the protection of an enclosed vehicle, riders can suffer serious injuries in a crash. The average weight of a passenger vehicle is 4,000 pounds. In a collision with such a vehicle, a rider can be ejected from the bike. That can cause severe injuries, which may require surgery, rehabilitation, and medication. Some of the most frequently sustained injuries in motorcycle accidents include:
- Bone fractures
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Facial injuries
- Back and spinal cord damage
- Road rash
What Forms of Compensation May Be Available?
After a serious motorcycle crash caused by the negligence of another, you may have a claim for compensation against the responsible party. Damages you may be entitled to claim will depend on the particular circumstances of your case and the nature and severity of your injuries. Common damages for motorcycle accident injuries include medical expenses, lost wages or earnings, loss of future earning potential, scarring and disfigurement, and pain and suffering.
Our Arlington auto accident lawyer at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. can investigate the details of the motorcycle accidents to determine fault and liability, secure evidence to support your claim, and assess the full extent of your losses – past, present, and future. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to fight effectively for the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (978) 327-5140 to schedule a free consultation.