Massachusetts Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle Rights in Massachusetts
Motorcycle accidents and injuries can be caused by a number of factors, including defective roadway designs, poor weather conditions, product defects (including defective tires or defective helmets), and the recklessness or negligence of other drivers. Because motorcycles do not offer the physical protection that cars do, motorcycle riders are much more susceptible to injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), broken limbs, road rash, and other serious conditions. Tragically some motorcyclists fare much worse, losing their lives in motorcycle accidents. In Massachusetts and throughout the country, motorcycle laws are in place to prevent such injuries and deaths.
Benefits of Basic Rider Course
Unfortunately, thousands of motorcycle accidents continue to occur each year. The benefits of taking a motorcycle safety course in Massachusetts are:
- Professional introduction to motorcycling through the Basic Rider Course
- Sharpen riding skills through the Experienced Rider Course
- Get your motorcycle license / endorsement
- Save 10% (limited) on your motorcycle insurance
Whenever you ride always wear your proper riding gear which includes a helmet (DOT approved or better), eye protection (face shield, goggles or shatter resistant full coverage glasses), long sleeved shirt or jacket, full fingered gloves, long pants (denim or leather), and over the ankle boots or sturdy shoes with non skid soles. You’ll be more comfortable, safer and ultimately enjoy riding even more. At night, be careful not to override your motorcycle’s headlight. And take extra care to be seen by other drivers by wearing reflective clothing and using reflective tape and decals. In addition to the pre-ride inspection you should know how to do minor maintenance and service on your motorcycle, especially important on long rides and trips. Be sure to read your owner’s manual and follow the directions.
When you brake, use both brakes together. Generally speaking, when conditions are good, the front brake accounts for as much as 2/3 of the bike’s stopping power. How much brake pressure to use depends on your abilities, your bike’s capabilities, and the environment. Slow down before going into a curve. Look through the curve and gently accelerate as you enter and drive through the curve. This gentle acceleration creates stability but cannot be accomplished without proper braking prior to entering the curve.
Mud, sand, water and other foreign debris on the road take special handling. Before reaching a slippery surface, slow down and avoid directional or speed changes as you ride through the hazard. Remember that the first few minutes of a rain storm are the most dangerous as the water mixes with the oil and fluids on the roadway. Avoid riding during this time, if possible. If you must ride try to ride in the tracks of the other vehicles in front of you as they force away the water and oils.
Standing on the pegs can help you keep control of your cycle when riding over obstacles or rough surfaces. Keep your knees and elbows bent, look past the hazard in the direction you want to go and maintain a steady speed. Always plan ahead – you never know what kind of problems may be coming up. Know what you’ll have to do if you suddenly skid, have a blowout, or loose clutch or throttle control.
Riding with a passenger makes balance and control of your bike a great challenge. Make sure your passenger is wearing all of the proper riding gear, knows where and how to sit, where to put their feet and hands and how to lean through turns. Tell them to look over your shoulder in the direction of the turn. Remember that the passenger is “your” responsibility and should be properly educated, prepared and ready to ride.
Never ride if you have consumed any drugs, prescription, or otherwise, or alcohol. Your best weapon on the bike, your judgment, becomes impaired and your ability to reaction time is slowed. When you carry loads, be sure to fasten them securely to the motorcycle and keep the heavier objects low and towards the center of gravity of the bike. Never secure loads where they will affect your steering, handling, or site of the road ahead.
Protecting Your Rights
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is essential to take certain steps in order to develop a strong claim. First, immediately seek medical assistance if you are injured in anyway. The police need to be called to the motorcycle accident scene and write a police report of the incident. It is important to exchange information with the other people involved, including names, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers, insurance company names and policy numbers. If it is safe, take pictures of the scene where the motorcycle accident occurred. Also, remember that anything you say after the motorcycle accident may be used against you in a future lawsuit, so only give facts that are accurate. Always obtain a copy of the police report, which are typically available 10 days after the incident. Don’t worry if the police report does not accurately reflect your recollection, your lawyer will advise you on this matter.
The Haymond Law Firm is one of the largest personal injury firms in the Northeast. We have a proven record of fighting for the rights of injury victims. We’ve achieved our record with hard work, dedication and determination. Each of our lawyers has years of courtroom experience, and access to a wide range of highly qualified experts.
Every case is important to us and we prepare them all for trial. Our obligation to you is to get you everything you deserve. That’s our promise.
Helping injured Massachusetts motorcyclists reclaim their lives
Thousands of people are injured yearly on Massachusetts state roads. The motorcycle accident attorneys of Haymond Law represent clients who have suffered from serious motorcycle accidents. Our experienced attorneys know that Massachusetts motorcycle collisions can be both frightening and damaging.
The Haymond Law Firm understands that your immediate goals are to:
- Get medical bills paid
- Assure that you don’t suffer financially through any lost wages.
- Ensure your insurance company will cover future treatment relating to any injuries you may have suffered during your accident.
For more than 30 years, our firm has been helping victims of motorcycle accidents in MA win substantial settlements and awards. We are ready to help you.
- About 3/4 of these Massachusetts motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, which was often a passenger automobile.
- About 1/4 of Massachusetts motorcycle accidents were “single vehicle accidents” where the motorcycle collided with the road or some other fixed object.
- Vehicle failure counts for less than 3% of Massachusetts motorcycle accidents, and most of those were “single vehicle accidents” where control was lost due to a flat tire.
- Regarding “single vehicle accidents”, Massachusetts motorcycle rider errors were apparent as the accidents main factor in almost 2/3 of the cases, with the typical error being a slide out and fall due to over braking or running wide on a turn due to excessive speeding or not cornering properly.
- Roadway defects in Massachusetts were the cause of accidents in nearly 2% of the accidents. Whereas animal involvement was only 1% of the accidents.
Experienced Massachusetts Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Often times, drivers just don’t see Massachusetts motorcyclists. If this happens, serious life-threatening injuries can occur. Motorcycle accident injuries are often far more harsh than those experienced by victims of car accidents. When an accident has changed your life, you may need an experienced Massachusetts motorcycle lawyer to help you get what you deserve.
At Haymond Law, a Massachusetts Motorcycle Law firm, we help people who have been injured in motorcycle accidents get the compensation they deserve to help them move forward with their lives.
MA personal injury lawyer John Haymond and his staff are completely committed towards helping people who have been personally injured in Motorcycle accidents. Call 1-800-HAYMOND today!
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