Its coastal towns, beaches and maritime history make Barnstable County a popular destination in Massachusetts for motorcycle enthusiasts. Motorcycles offer their riders and passengers an opportunity to experience the unobstructed sights and sounds not offered by other types of motor vehicles.
Category: Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle operators and their passengers are at a distinct disadvantage in a motorcycle collision with a car or truck. Motorcyclists do not have the protection of a steel frame to protect them, so it is common for a Barnstable County motorcycle accident victim to receive catastrophic injuries.
Motorcycle accidents in Massachusetts can be prevented when motorcycle manufacturers inform owners about safety recalls. Whether a safety recall is issued by the motorcycle manufacturer themselves or by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicle manufacturer has a duty to report the recall and make efforts to notify the owners of the recalled motorcycles.
Riding motorcycles has increased in popularity, with an increasing number of riders on the roads in Massachusetts. As the number of those enjoying the activity has increased, so have the number of accidents. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are at an increased risk of suffering personal injury or death due to their relative lack of protection and the larger size of other vehicles.
All Massachusetts motorcyclists may know that wearing a helmet can save a life should the motorcyclist become involved in a serious crash. As a result, most states, including Massachusetts, have helmet laws to encourage more motorcyclists to wear proper protective gear.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced plans for enabling vehicle-to-vehicle or V2V communication systems. Many Massachusetts drivers are interested in finding out what sort of impact this technology will have on reducing motorcycle crashes on the state’s busy roads and highways.
In 2012, almost 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents nationwide, and 90,000 more were injured. The total number of fatalities reflects a 7 percent increase over the total motorcycle fatalities in 2011. A total of 333 vehicle fatalities occurred in Massachusetts in 2012; 47 of them were motorcycle fatalities. Motorcycle drivers and passengers are about 26 percent more likely to die in a crash compared to other types of vehicles.
Massachusetts residents who have been diagnosed with central cord syndrome may know that it is a neurological condition where the spinal cord is damaged. The syndrome is characterized by a partial loss of functioning predominantly in the arms and hands. Depending on the location of the spinal cord damage, leg movement and bladder control may also be affected. Sometimes people experience an uncomfortable tingling or burning sensation in addition to the loss of motor functioning.
The National Center for Statistics and Analysis, which is operated under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reports that 4,957 motorcyclists died and 93,000 were injured in traffic accidents across the country in 2012. Among those fatalities, 51 motorcyclists died in Massachusetts crashes. Although the state requires all motorcyclists to wear helmets, 7 percent those killed were not wearing one.