Boston Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Jeff Glassman's Legal Guide to Motorcycle Injury Compensation
Your Legal Guide to Motorcycle Injury Compensation

At Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers, many of our motorcycle accident attorneys are avid riders as well. We firmly believe in the rights of motorcyclists, and we understand the difficulty victims and surviving loved ones can have in securing adequate compensation from insurers.

An estimated 4 million motorcycles are registered in the U.S., and every year, thousands of motorcyclists are killed and many more seriously injured in traffic accidents.

In Massachusetts alone, there were nearly 200 motorcyclists who died on our roads between 2010 and 2013, according to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fatalities decreased by 25% from 56 in 2015 to 42 in 2016. Of those, more than 80 percent were wearing helmets, as required by state law for all riders. Motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die in an accident than passengers in automobiles. 

Motorcycle accidents are most often the result of the other driver’s negligence. Some of the most commonly-cited causes include:

  • Cutting off a motorcyclist at an intersection
  • Failure to yield
  • Following too closely
  • Swerving in front of a motorcyclist
  • Speeding
  • Distraction
  • Driving under the influence

Too many drivers are not paying proper attention and watching out for motorcyclists, who have as much right to the road as those in four-wheeled vehicles.

PIP Coverage and Motorcycle Accidents

Far too often, insurance companies complicate the process of collecting damages in a motorcycle accident.

Massachusetts law requires personal injury protection (PIP) insurance protection on all auto insurance policies. This covers some of the cost of medical bills, lost wages and funeral expenses up to a certain amount for insureds, regardless of fault.

However, insurers do NOT have to provide PIP coverage in policies covering motorcycles in this state. That means the rider or passenger of a motorcycle most likely will not collect be able to collect PIP coverage in the event of a crash.

That’s why it is so important for motorcyclists to carry adequate health care insurance, and should also look into other forms of coverage. A motorcyclist who is at-fault for an accident may be personally liable to cover the costs of a passenger’s injury.

But when the motorcyclist is not at-fault, as is very often the case in Boston motorcycle accidents, the injured person may seek to recover damages from the at-fault driver and his or her insurance company.

In order to prevail in these cases, it’s necessary to show negligence on the part of the other driver. This means one has to show the other motorist failed to use reasonable care as expected, this breach of duty caused the crash and the crash resulted in the motorcyclist’s injuries or death.

By contacting an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Boston, you will have leverage in negotiations with insurance companies. Often, insurers will attempt to contact victims immediately following a crash, in an attempt to strong-arm a low-ball settlement deal. It wise to refrain from any discussions with any insurance companies until speaking with an attorney.

If negotiations with the insurance company are unsuccessful, at that point, we can explore litigation.

Damages in Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits

Injuries that result from motorcycle accidents are often severe. This is owed to physics. A person on a motorcycle simply has less protection than someone in a motor vehicle, even if the operator or rider is wearing a helmet.

Additionally, the impact of a two-ton mass of metal on a lightweight bike tends to result in the rider being ejected. This is when the most serious injuries occur.

Among those injuries most often seen in motorcycle crashes are:

Those who survive often require extensive medical care, including surgery, medication and rehabilitation. In some cases, an injury may be disabling and permanent.

In addition to a rider’s hospital records, your attorney will want to initiate a full medical evaluation by medical experts who will be prepared to testify regarding the short-term injuries and long-term prognosis.

Once our team has a better sense of these facts, we will seek to pursue compensation.

These damages may include:

  • Costs for medical bills (past and future)
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

Actual recovery will depend on the individual facts of the case, and whether the motorcycle rider shared any percentage of the blame for the crash (called comparative fault). This will not bar recovery, but it might limit the total amount you can recover.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call our team of lawyers in Boston to discuss the facts of your case and how best to proceed.

Contact Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers today for a free and confidential consultation.

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