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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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.
Motorcycle accidents are increasing in the United States, and after a number of recent crashes involving motorcycles in Massachusetts, it is clear that the Bay State is no exception. More than 5,000 people were killed on American roads as a result of motorcycles accidents in 2015–a spike of more than 10 percent from the year before.
As warmer weather comes to New England, motorcycles will once again be a common sight on Massachusetts roads. When riders are embarking on an adventure of a long-distance journey or just a Saturday afternoon around town, there are safety rules that should be adhered to.
Massachusetts contains some of the most varied and challenging road conditions on the eastern seaboard, especially during the winter. This tough automotive climate has the potential to cause undue wear on the tires of a vehicle. Ordinary wear and tear will also take their toll on the surface of the tire. As the surface degrades, the ability to handle the car safely falls away. Vehicle owners and operators are legally responsible for maintaining the quality of their tires.
Motorcycle crashes in Massachusetts are some of the most deadly accidents that can occur on the roadways. Because a motorcycle does not protect its rider in the same way that a car protects its driver, a motorcyclist is much more vulnerable to sustaining serious injuries in a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, over 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in the death of the motorcyclist.
Motorcycle owners talk about the pleasure they derive from exploring the scenic thoroughfares throughout Barnstable County and other parts of Massachusetts. The ability to have an unobstructed view of the landscape and feel the refreshing breezes without the confinement offered by cars and SUVs are a couple of the reasons riders give for choosing a motorcycle.
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.
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.
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.