As recent as 2021, motorcycle deaths in Massachusetts from January to July saw an increase of 31% compared to the previous five years of data. In that time period from winter to summer, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation recorded 37 motorcycle deaths across the state. In elaborating on these findings, government officials pointed out that automobiles were responsible for more than two-thirds of car-motorcycle accidents. The Central and Eastern parts of the state saw more motorcycle fatalities than its Western portion.
Riding on the back of a bike can be great fun, but it can also be risky business. When you climb on the back of a motorcycle, you are putting your life in the hands of the rider. Make sure you fully trust the rider before you get on the bike. Knowing how to be a good motorcycle passenger can increase your chances having a safe and pleasant ride.
The state of Massachusetts is a no-fault insurance state, meaning most accident victims must pursue insurance claims with their own auto insurance companies after a crash, no matter who was at fault. While this system seems ideal, it restricts when and how a driver can recover compensation for his injuries. In addition, it is not universal for everyone on the road, as motorcycle riders do not receive the same benefits as drivers under this system.
When you get on the road, you shoulder the responsibility to protect yourself, your passengers, and other drivers – but you also deserve the same degree of respect, whether you are driving a minivan or riding a Harley. Despite this, motorcyclists face a large amount of bias on the road and during insurance claims. For many, this means limited to no compensation after an accident. However, with the right attorney and due diligence, you can fight against motorcycle bias and maximize your compensation.
Massachusetts motorcycle riders have certain rights on the road, many of which are the same as any other motorist. When passenger vehicle drivers disregard these rights, other through reckless driving, it can lead to serious motorcycle accidents. If a negligent driver caused your motorcycle crash, one of the most important rights you have is the ability to file a claim for compensation against the at-fault driver.
Summer is in full swing, and for many bikers, it’s the ideal time to take out the motorcycle and enjoy the crisp and clear roads in Massachusetts. However, if you had your bike stored up for the winter, or did maintenance on your bike to make it more suited to the winter months, it might be time to conduct a little summer maintenance to make your bike tip-top before you take it for a spin.
Determining liability in motorcycle accidents can be much more difficult than it is in regular car accidents because of the unique factors inherent in motorcycle riding. Motorcycles are much smaller and lighter than passenger vehicles, which puts them at a higher risk of being involved in a car accident – especially in the presence of a negligent driver. In this blog, our Northern Massachusetts motorcycle accident lawyer explains the different elements that will determine negligence and liability in a motorcycle accident.