There are plenty of motorcycle enthusiasts in Massachusetts. While most riders operate safely, there are times when the careless or negligent actions of other drivers cause serious harm to a cyclist. At Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C., our dedicated team is ready to help if you need a Massachusetts motorcycle accident attorney. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to conduct a thorough investigation into the crash in order to secure the compensation you need.
If you or somebody you care about has been involved in a motorcycle crash in Massachusetts, there are various steps that you can take immediately after the incident, as well as in the days and weeks that follow, to help improve your chances of recovering compensation. The Massachusetts motorcycle accident lawyers at Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C. have experience helping clients with these accidents, and they recommend the following steps:
Motorcycles are popular modes of transportation, especially when the weather in and around Massachusetts is nice. However, motorcyclists have very little protection from the force of a vehicle slamming into them. The reality is that, in a motorcycle crash, riders and passengers often sustain injuries from two impacts – one with a vehicle and one with the ground.
It is not uncommon for our Massachusetts motorcycle accident lawyers to help clients who have sustained the following in a crash:
According to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, there were 1,699 total motorcycle accidents during the latest reporting year in the Commonwealth. Out of those incidents, there were 1,214 injuries and 45 fatalities. When we look at those statistics, it becomes clear just how dangerous these incidents are for motorcycle riders and their passengers.
In many cases, motorcycle accidents are caused by careless or negligent drivers. Often, drivers fail to give motorcyclists the space they deserve on the roadway. This can lead to deadly rear-end or sideswipe collisions. Of particular concern are vehicle drivers who operate while impaired or distracted behind the wheel.
When a motorcyclist is injured due to the actions of another driver, it is vital that they secure an attorney immediately. Unfortunately, insurance carriers are often biased against motorcyclists. This can lead to a higher rate of claim denials or delays. Your attorney will work to gather all evidence from the incident, including video and photo surveillance, eyewitness statements, accident reports, and more. Using this evidence, along with proof of your medical costs and other expenses, your attorney will vigorously negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf.
Every state is responsible for setting a time limit for how long motorcycle accident victims have to file lawsuits against alleged negligent parties. The personal injury statute of limitations in Massachusetts is three years from the date an incident occurs. If a motorcycle accident victim in Massachusetts fails to file a claim against an alleged negligent party within this three-year window, they will generally lose the ability to recover any compensation for their claim.
However, it is important to understand that this time limit does not apply to any deadline the insurance carriers may have in place. Typically, insurance claims must be filed relatively soon after the incident occurs, usually within a day or two. Failing to report a crash to insurance carriers within a reasonable amount of time could result in a claim being delayed or denied. The Massachusetts motorcycle accident lawyers at Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C. will work with you to ensure that you do not miss any deadlines related to your case.
Having a motorcycle accident lawyer in Massachusetts by your side in these cases can be incredibly beneficial. Most motorcycle accident victims do not have the resources or legal experience necessary to conduct a full investigation into their case. However, an attorney will be able to:
Unfortunately, many insurance carriers have an inherent bias against motorcyclists when it comes to accident cases. Insurance carriers often paint motorcyclists as dangerous drivers, but that is typically not the case. By properly investigating the incident, a Massachusetts motorcycle accident attorney will work to push back against any bias from other parties involved.
Massachusetts is one of several other states across the country that has a universal law requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet, regardless of their age or riding experience. That being said, if a motorcyclist is not wearing a helmet and gets injured in an accident caused by another driver, they will still be able to recover compensation for their losses. Not wearing a helmet does not limit a motorcyclist’s ability to recover compensation when another person is negligent.
However, it is strongly recommended that all motorcyclists wear a helmet when operating their bikes. Helmets have been proven effective in lowering the number of traumatic brain injuries and fatalities in motorcycle crashes.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a Massachusetts motorcycle accident, you should turn to a trusted attorney for help. At Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C., personal injury attorneys are ready to get to work on your case today. Our team will conduct a thorough investigation in order to secure the compensation you deserve. This can include: