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Motorcycle accidents in Massachusetts

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 motorcycle accidents in Massachusetts.

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.Drivers owe a duty of care to motorcyclists just as they do to the occupants of other vehicles. One problem is that motorcycles make a smaller visual target than do other vehicles, making them more difficult to see. In a significant majority of motorcycle crashes that involve other motor vehicles, another motorist impedes in some fashion on the motorcyclist’s right of way. Other problems include the fact that the front tire of some motorcycles tend to shake at higher speeds, making the bike more difficult to control. When that is combined with rider inexperience, an accident may occur in the event the rider attempts to take evasive action to avoid an impending accident. Riders are also more susceptible to road hazards, such as potholes, that are more easily managed when driving a different and more sturdy type of vehicle.

Statistics demonstrate that motorcyclists are 27 times more prone to be killed in a crash than are other car occupants, based upon vehicle miles driven. They are also five times more apt to be injured, using the same metric.When a motorcycle is involved in a collision, accident victims often suffer catastrophic injuries as a result. A cyclist who suffers a serious injury may want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit if the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver. Many such injuries are caused because the other driver was distracted and failed to take notice of the cyclist. Source: FindLaw, “Motorcycle Accidents: Overview:, accessed on Feb. 11, 2015

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