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Vehicle owners can be deemed responsible for other drivers

In states like Massachusetts, someone who owns a vehicle might not have to directly cause an accident to face penalties for the outcome. One rule known as the Family Car Doctrine, for instance, holds parents legally liable for any damage caused by minors who drive their vehicles. This rule can be applied regardless of whether the at-fault driver was insured by the family. In other cases, car owners may face penalties for accidents that occur after they permit individuals who are known to be dangerous drivers to operate their vehicles.

Motorcycle accident lawsuits in Massachusetts

Motorcyclists are not protected by seat belts or airbags and their machines have no crumple zones to absorb the energy of colliding vehicles. They often suffer catastrophic injuries after being struck by a car, truck or SUV, and studies show that a great many of these accidents are caused by distracted, reckless or impaired passenger vehicle drivers.

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