Alternative forms of transportation provide Massachusetts residents with fun, healthy, and economical ways to commute to work, get to the store, or simply go on a recreational ride. This post hopes to address Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents and the need for Motorcycle crash lawyers. Unfortunately, however, untraditional means of transportation such as cycling, riding a motorcycle, or walking, can be dangerous and deadly, especially when sharing the road with bigger and heavier vehicles.
In Massachusetts Pedestrian, Motorcycle, and Bicycle Accidents as far as statistics goes are quite shocking:
• Each year, approximately 80 pedestrians are killed on Massachusetts roads and another 5,000 people are seriously injured in MA in relation to Pedestrian, Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents.
• Annually, an estimated 50 Massachusetts motorcyclists are killed across the state and 350 motorbike riders receive incapacitating injuries such as head injuries and spinal cord injuries.
• Between five and ten cyclists are killed each year in Massachusetts while around 100 MA biker riders receive incapacitating injuries like traumatic brain injuries or neck injuries.
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We also understand that these types of accidents are different from car and truck accidents and require different approaches and strategies. Motorists often have similar excuses for hitting a pedestrian, cyclists, or biker – “I just didn’t see them.” – but it is often the case that drinking and driving, speed, distracted driving, reckless driving, or other forms of negligence played a role in the accident. In other cases, poor road design or a lack of appropriate signage can cause these serious accidents.
Over the years, our North Dartmouth law firm has handled a variety of bicycle, pedestrian, and motorcycle accident lawsuits, ranging from pedestrian hit-and-runs to a motorcycles hit by a drunk drivers, to a cyclist wrongful death cases. In each of these cases, we were able to analyze data, interview expert witnesses, form a strategy, and prove fault. Let us help you take control of your own accident injury case.
Bike, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents are different from car and truck accidents
Because bike riders and walkers do not have the advantage of being surrounded by a protective medal vehicle frame or of being buckled in, these accident victims often suffer much more serious injuries than those involved in comparable car or truck accidents. Even motorcycle riders and cyclists who wear helmets and other protective gear are often no match for a much larger vehicle – even one that is only going 20 or 30 miles per hour. While it is common for a car accident victim to walk away from an accident with sore muscles and minor injuries, victims of bicycle, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents often suffer traumatic brain injuries, back injuries, punctured organs, and other serious and long-term injuries in accidents with similar amounts of force.
Accidents involving alternate forms of transportation are also more often than not the fault of the person who hit them. Bikes and people can be difficult to see, especially if drivers are fatigued, drunk, or distracted, and one common type of accident we see involves car and trucks turning in front of or even into oncoming motorcycles and cyclists.
Finally, many motorists are not familiar with the rules of the road when it comes to cyclists, motorcycle riders, and pedestrians. Tragically, being ignorant of these laws and safety precautions can be deadly. For example, the driver of a car may not know how dangerous it is for them to tailgate a motorcycle or that pedestrians have the right of way in almost every traffic situation. Another driver may not know the hand sign cyclists use to signal a left turn. This ignorance is not acceptable and the drivers who cause these serious actions should be held accountable for the injuries that they have caused.
Talk to a SouthCoast personal injury attorney today about your traffic accident.
Cars and trucks do not own the roads – you have a right to bike or walk safely on our Massachusetts streets without being hit by a negligent, ignorant, or careless vehicle. If you have been injured in a pedestrian, motorcycle, or bicycle accident, or if you have lost a family member in such an accident, talk to us about your case and begin your fight for compensation. Call us toll free at (877) 892-5620 or fill out the short electronic contact form to the right of this page to set up an appointment.
Phillips & Garcia, P.C., is located in North Dartmouth, MA, and serves the following Massachusetts cities and counties on the South Coast: Bristol County, Plymouth County, New Bedford, Fall River, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Westport, East Freetown, Assonet, Taunton, Somerset, Swansea, Mattapoisett, Marion, and Wareham.