Boston Motorcycle Accident
Boston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
On a motorcycle, a minor collision can easily result in life-threatening injuries, because riders have only their leathers to protect them from larger vehicles, other objects, and the ground. Even the most cautious Boston rider can suffer head injuries, back injuries, neck injuries, amputations, or death due to the carelessness of another driver. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHSTA) has determined that motorcycle riders are 39 times more likely to be killed in an accident than the occupants of a car.
If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident and suffered injuries, you need to contact the Boston motorcycle accident lawyers at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. Schedule your free consultation, and at our Boston office at 100 Cambridge Street, 14th Floor, you can learn more about the rights of an accident victim. Call (617) 870-0907 today.
In most cases, motorcycle crashes aren’t caused by the motorcycle rider. Many local police reports state that the driver of a car or truck admitted to not seeing the motorcycle. Though the driver often genuinely regrets causing the accident, a jury could define the driver’s not checking thoroughly before changing lanes or turning into a motorcycle as negligence. Motorcycle accidents in Boston are often caused by:
- Distracted driving: Keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel may seem obvious to most drivers, but modern society has any number of distractions that can result in a motorcycle accident. Split-second decisions to text, make phone calls, eat food, and even heated arguments with passengers can all cause serious injuries to motorcycle riders.
- Drunk or drugged driving: DUI and DWI can significantly impact a driver’s response time. They are less likely to check their blind spots, follow traffic signs, maintain a safe distance from other drivers, and react to adverse weather conditions.
- Speeding: Speed limits provide a clear guideline of the safety speeds a vehicle can travel in specific zones, from fast-paced highways to slow, sharp turns. Breaking the speed limit – and even driving well below it – puts other vehicles at risk, especially motorcyclists, who do not have the same safety features as other vehicles.
- Left-turn accidents: Left turns accidents are an everyday risk in the United States. Drivers may not check for cross-traffic when they turn or misjudge the speed a motorcycle is going, resulting in serious, often fatal injuries.
- Blind spots: From 18-wheelers to an everyday sedan, every vehicle has blind spots, which is why driving instructors drill in regular blind spot checks into new drivers. Motorcyclists are especially at risk in blind spots because they are smaller than most vehicles and quieter, making it harder for other drivers to see them clearly.
- Head-on collisions: The NHSTA has reported that 42% of all head-on collisions involving motorcycles and other vehicles are fatal in a recent year. Whether due to drunk or distracted driving, speeding, or other factors, head-on collisions are one of the most dangerous accidents that can occur.
- Dangerous road conditions: When combined with reckless driving, road conditions like potholes, broken pavement, and road debris can cause a car or truck to move erratically, resulting in collisions with nearby motorcycles.
In other cases, the driver of the vehicle may have been drunk or drugged, distracted, or operating the vehicle in a reckless manner. Regardless of the reason, the result is usually the same: a driver of another vehicle caused the Boston motorcycle accident.
Approximately 80% of all motorcycle accidents in the country involve serious injuries to the rider. No matter how minor injuries might appear immediately after an accident, a rider should seek medical attention to make certain there are no hidden injuries like internal bleeding, which could become life-threatening.
Some of the most common injuries from a motorcycle accident include:
- Road rash, where the skin is destroyed due to abrasion from the road
- Facial fractures from impact
- Broken bones from impact
- Burns from the engine of the motorcycle or fluids from other vehicles
- Limb amputations from impact
- Nerve damage from impact or from extensive road rash to the depth of the nerves
- Neck and spinal cord injuries from impact
- Traumatic brain injuries from impact
Due to the serious nature of many injuries suffered as the result of a motorcycle accident, riders often face a lifetime of pain as well as permanent disabilities. Not only can these injuries prohibit the rider from being able to work and earn a living, but they can also keep the rider from performing daily tasks. Lifelong assistance and care is not an unexpected outcome after a serious Boston motorcycle accident.
Each motorcycle claim is unique, and the amount of compensation you are able to get will depend on the severity of your injuries and losses, and how much fault the driver holds. For this reason, it is important for an injured rider to speak to a seasoned Boston motorcycle accident lawyer. Don’t agree to the first insurance company settlement.
The team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., has worked with numerous Boston motorcycle victims and understands the lifelong impact of injuries. Some forms of compensation we aim to get our clients include:
- Property damage or loss
- Current and future medical expenses
- Compensation for a permanent disability
- Lost wages
- Compensation for future loss of ability to earn a living
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Punitive damages, if the court deems them appropriate for the case
When motorcyclists lose their lives in crashes caused by negligent drivers, their family members can seek compensation for wrongful death, as well as some or all of the items above that apply to their situation.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a Boston motorcycle accident, contact DiBella Law Offices, P.C., at (617) 870-0907 as soon as possible. The added stress of negotiating with insurance companies is better left to our Boston accident attorneys while you focus on your healing.