Several years ago, I represented a biker in his early 30’s traveling down Main Street in Hyannis on a Busa, past the downtown area heading towards Cape Cod Hospital. Suddenly and without warning, a car pulled out of a parking space and attempted a U-turn in front of the man on the motorcycle. Fortunately, there […]
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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.
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.
Officials with the Agawam Police Department reported that a motorcyclist was seriously injured on Nov. 10 when a motor vehicle hit him. According to reports, the accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. at an intersection.
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.
With so many scenic roadways available for traveling in Massachusetts, some residents may prefer to ride motorcycles. However, motorcyclists face a large number of risks as they are exposed to dangers that are very different than those faced by motorists in other vehicles.
A 36-year-old man in Massachusetts was killed after he was involved in a motorcycle accident that occurred on Aug. 3. The incident reportedly occurred around 1 a.m. on the westbound side of Route 44 in Carver. Investigators responding to the scene recovered pieces of a vehicle indicating a blue Hyundai was involved. The 29-year-old man allegedly responsible for causing the wreck turned himself into the local police around 4 p.m. that afternoon.
An 18-year-old Belchertown motorcyclist is in the hospital after he collided into a vehicle driven by a 33-year-old woman. While the motorcyclist is in critical condition, the driver and her passenger did not sustain any injuries because of the crash.