Having successfully represented numerous individuals injured in motorcycle accidents, the knowledgeable attorneys at Law Office of Joseph C. Borsellino, LLC, in Dedham understand the particular issues that confront a victim of a bike crash.
Although the public is continuously urged by MASSDOT message boards and Registry of Motor Vehicle campaigns to “Check Twice-Save-A-Life - Motorcycles Are Everywhere”- unfortunately motorcycle accidents persist often due to the carelessness of drivers of autos. As the number of registered motorcycles continues to grow, so do the instances of motorcycle accidents. Although the riding season typically runs from March through October, our lawyers know that some motorcyclists’ passion for riding leads them to ride their bike year round. A motorcyclist has just as much right to travel upon the roadways as drivers of autos. Motorcyclists and their passengers are not afforded the protection of airbags, seatbelts or a car body in a crash, instead his/her body bears the trauma of the crash. Being ejected from the bike is common in such crashes.
Our skilled attorneys cite just a few examples of motorcycle accidents that have caused their clients injury. This includes when vehicles:
- Make sudden lane changes.
- Lose unsecured load onto the roadway.
- Tailgate motorcyclists.
- Pull suddenly from a side street or parked position into the path of a motorcyclist.
- Mistakenly believe they can share the same wide lane driving right next to a motorcyclist.
- Turn left or make a U-Turn across the path of an oncoming motorcyclist.
Motorcycle crashes also occur due to car drivers: cell phone usage, inattention, drunk driving and failure to obey traffic signs and signal lights. For the most part the only protection a motorcyclist has is a helmet and the clothes on his/her back. Our lawyers know that often times a rider must make a split second decision to either lay the bike down or crash into a 2,000 pound plus vehicle while weighing the concern of being run over by a third vehicle. Not much of a choice, with an outcome most assuredly ending with serious injury in either event.
The attorneys at Law Office of Joseph C. Borsellino, LLC, understand insurance laws governing motorcycle accidents. Although a motorcyclist in Massachusetts pays for Personal Injury Protection or PIP coverage on the motorcycle insurance policy, many are surprised to learn that PIP does not provide any benefits for those riding on a motorcycle but instead only provides coverage for a pedestrian struck by your motorcycle. Occupants in a car involved in a crash are afforded PIP benefits, motorcyclists in a crash are not. Our lawyers know that the absence of PIP benefits to pay lost wages and necessary medical expenses coupled with the significant injuries that usually result in a motorcycle crash, make it essential for the injured to consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer, without delay, after a crash.
Motorcycle accidents typically disable the rider from working for a period of time thereby causing inability to earn income, which is a measure of damages separate and apart from the physical injuries suffered. Scarring from injury or necessary surgery may also result which is a distinct measure of additional damage to which a motorcycle crash victim may recover under the law.
Motorcyclists may also want to significantly raise their limits for uninsured and underinsured coverages that protect them in the event of a crash, which are discussed in the “Car Accidents” section. All too often those driving carelessly are also careless in purchasing sufficient car insurance. It would certainly be wise to recognize the reality that motorcycle accidents often result in significant injury, sometimes death, and maintaining high coverage limits such as $250,000/ $500,000 or $500,000/$500,000 for uninsured and underinsured will in the long run likely afford better protection to you and your loved ones. When the driver of another vehicle causes a motorcyclist to crash and suffer injury, at Law Office of Joseph C. Borsellino, LLC, we are experienced in helping those injured in motorcycle accidents.Contact an Experienced Massachusetts Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
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