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Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

The Laconia Motorcycle Rally, in Laconia, New Hampshire, one of the oldest and largest of its kind. Now in its 88th year, the Laconia Rally draws nearly 30,000 riders (and about 200,000 others) from across the Northeast to hang out, watch races and cheer custom bike build-offs.

The popularity of the event reflects the growing popularity of motorcycles in the Northeast and across the country. Unfortunately, that popularity is accompanied by a growing number of motorcycle crashes, some of them fatal.

Motorcycle accident fatalities in the United States more than doubled between 1999 and 2008. The deaths increased year after year, reaching an all-time high in 2008 of 5,312. More than half of those fatalities were riders 40 years and older. Just 10 years earlier, only a third of fatalities involved victims over 40.

Thankfully, 2009 saw the first decline in motorcyclist deaths in 11 years. But many experts are concerned that the number of deaths will begin increasing again.

Motorcycle ownership has also significantly increased since 1998 (especially in the over-40 group), almost doubling to 7.7 million motorcycles on the road in 2008. However, economic factors decreased motorcycle sales by 41 percent in 2009, which may by itself explain the sudden drop in annual fatalities that same year.

Motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than passenger cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcyclists are more than 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in an accident. A variety of factors contribute to that staggering number, including helmet use, speeding, intoxication and insufficient training. Those factors are aggravated by the fact that car and truck drivers have difficulty seeing motorcyclists in traffic – and are often careless about doing so.

If the downward trend in motorcyclist deaths is to continue, both riders and drivers will have to do a better job of sharing the road and taking precautions.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced biker crash attorney to discuss your situation and your options.

How polite drivers kill motorcyclists – disobeying traffic laws can cause injury & motorcycle deaths

A lot of people mean well when they’re behind behind the wheel. Some drivers will give up the right of way to another driver in a tough spot and usually everything turns out OK.

But not always, because sadly, sometimes this approach ends up hurting other people.

Being polite can cause motorcycle deaths & Injuries

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Motorcycles can be hard to see and offer no protection to their riders in an accident. Because of this, riders should avoid passing people on the right, especially trucks and other large vehicles that conceal them from other drivers.

However, even traveling in an otherwise empty traffic lane can be dangerous for a motorcyclist. Here’s a common scenario called a “wave on” that poses a large risk to motorcyclists.

Picture a two-lane road that comes to an intersection. A car is in the left lane and a truck is approaching them from the other way with a turn signal on. The car driver, being a polite person, stops and motions to the truck driver that they can make a left turn in front of them. They’ll wait. The truck drivers waves back and starts to make the turn…

And that’s when the crash happens.

The car driver never saw the motorcycle coming up behind them in the right lane, headed towards the same intersection. The truck driver couldn’t see the motorcycle because the car was in the way. Their attention was on each other, and the motorcyclist ended up paying dearly for the mistake.

Motorcycles are a fun, challenging and rewarding way to move around. They also require constant vigilance and knowledge to stay safe. Even when a motorcyclist is driving in a lane alone they are at the mercy of other drivers mistakes.

So please, to avoid motorcycle deaths and injuries, don’t be polite, just obey traffic laws

Motorcycle Accidents in Massachusetts

If you ride a motorcycle, you are more at risk of serious injury or death than if you are in a vehicle. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 2001 and 2008 reveals alarming figures. During this time period, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed in the United States as a result of a crash, with the highest death rates among 20- to 24-year-olds. The number of injuries incurred as a result of motorcycle accidents was significantly higher, with an estimated 1,222,000 individuals treated for non-fatal injuries from motorcycle accidents.

Many of these accidents are not the fault of the motorcyclists themselves. The risk of injury is a reality that most motorcycle drivers accept, but if you have been involved in an accident and have suffered serious injuries as a result, Colucci, Collucci, Marcus & Flavin P.C. wants to hear from you. If a car or truck driver has acted negligently and caused you to be involved in an accident, we will defend your rights and seek compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Massachusetts, set up an appointment with a personal-injury lawyer today by calling (617) 698-6000.

Massachusetts Turnpike Closed After Motorcycle Crash

Mass Live reports that a motorcyclist was serious injured and both lanes of the busy Massachusetts Turnpike were closed after a serious accident took place near exit 12. According to police, the accident happened in the early evening hours. It involved a 46-year-old Tennessee man.

The man apparently lost control of his Kawasaki motorcycle and crashed into the westbound lane. The accident is still under investigation. Fortunately, no other vehicles were reported to be directly involved in the accident.

The man was transported to the UMass Memorial Medical Center by a Med Flight helicopter, where he was treated for serious injuries.

Deadly Motorcycle Accident on Massachusetts Road

WWLP reports that a section of Route 5 was closed after a serious accident involving a car, motorcycle and SUV. According to the report, the accident took place late on Friday night on Northampton Street close to the intersection with Vadnais Street, and parts of the road had to be closed to allow emergency services and accident investigation teams to attend to the scene.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing; however, eye witnesses report seeing the mangled wreckage of the three vehicles and at least one dead body. Another victim was seen being loaded into the back of an ambulance.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident and have suffered serious injuries as a result, call us today to schedule a consultation with a personal-injury attorney from Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin P.C. We have recovered high-value awards for our clients, with many exceeding $1 million, and we want to do the same for you. Call us today on (617) 698-6000 for a no-obligation, free consultation.

Massachusetts motorcyclist seriously injured in car wreck

Motorcycling can be an enjoyable and exhilarating activity for many Massachusetts residents. However, should a motorist fail to see a motorcycle in their path, an exciting ride can turn into a devastating motor vehicle accident.

Recently, an accident involving a car and a motorcycle has sent the motorcyclist to the hospital after sustaining serious injuries to his leg. A motorist driving a Ford Explorer was attempting to make a left-hand turn into a parking lot, when he allegedly struck the motorcyclist, sending the motorcyclist hurling off of his vehicle. The driver of the Ford claimed he did not realized the motorcyclist was there, and as of right now will not face any charges. The motorcyclist was sent to Boston Medical Center via ambulance where his condition has since been upgraded from critical to serious.

Due to their small size, motorcycles can be difficult to see in the best of conditions, but especially at intersections. In addition, motorcyclists are more prone to injuries in a car crash than are passengers of automobiles, as their vehicles do not provide the same amount of protection that an automobile does. Studies show that motorcyclists are 26 percent more likely than automobile drivers to be killed in a motor vehicle accident. Because of this, motorists must always be aware of motorcyclists in their vicinity. Should a motorist cause a car accident that injures or kills a motorcyclist, they could find themselves subject to a negligence lawsuit.

Damages a motorcyclist may be compensated for include past and future medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. This compensation may go a long way towards helping the motorcyclist or their loved ones recover from the incident.

Source: The Enterprise, “Whitman motorcyclist still hospitalized following Brockton crash,” Amy Carboneau, April 17, 2013