Middleborough Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Provides Strong Advocacy
Massachusetts pursues compensation for riders injured in crashes
Motorcycle owners relish the thrill of riding through the open air. But when they’re sharing the road with a negligent driver, an enjoyable ride can quickly turn into a devastating collision. Approximately 2,000 motorcycle accidents occur in Massachusetts annually, and the injuries that result are often severe and sometimes fatal. Studley Law Offices in Middleborough has advocated for plaintiffs in motorcycle accident claims for more than 30 years. We advocate for legal resolutions that provide appropriate compensation to victimized parties through verdicts or settlements.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents in Massachusetts
Many things can contribute to a motorcycle crash, but the following are some of the most frequent:
- Careless driving — Speeding, weaving between lanes or failing to yield to oncoming traffic when making a left turn puts motorcycle riders at serious risk. Even a carelessly opened car door could result in a crash.
- Impaired vehicle operators — Drugs and alcohol alter a driver’s judgment and ability to react, even if there is no charge of driving under the influence.
- Road hazards — Bikers are vulnerable to various road hazards, including potholes, cracked pavement and other effects of poorly maintained roadways. Debris and improperly placed construction barriers can also trigger collisions, either directly or because the motorcycle rider swerves to avoid them.
- Distractions — Car and truck drivers might be able to see a car out of the corner of their eye if they’re looking at their phone or something else, but they might not be aware of a motorcycle in their path if they’re not paying full attention.
Some defendants try to shift the blame to the injured motorcycle rider by accusing them of lane splitting or some other illegal activity, but we push back against meritless defense as we press to hold motorists accountable.
Types of injuries suffered by bikers
Whether a motorcycle rider is wearing a helmet or not, they are likely to suffer significant injuries in a collision with a larger vehicle or in another type of crash. Our firm seeks justice for bikers in claims involving all types of physical harm, such as:
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Fractured and broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Damage to muscles, tendons and ligaments
- Skin abrasions, sometimes referred to as “road rash”
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries that could result in partial or total paralysis
In the worst case, motorcycle crashes and auto accidents can result in a victim’s death. We represent Massachusetts clients in wrongful death litigation to help them pursue compensation for final expenses, for income the victim would have been expected to earn and for the loss of companionship and counsel suffered by bereaved loved ones.
Compensation for damages in motorcycle accident claims
A serious motorcycle accident can harm the victim in many ways. Accordingly, Massachusetts law authorizes several types of damages to compensate injured plaintiffs for the various effects associated with a crash. Medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation expenses and other measurable costs are referred to as special damages. Given the potential for catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle accident, reimbursement for these current and future costs could run into the millions of dollars. Victims can also recover general damages, which are types of injury-related harm not associated with a specific cost figure. These include pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement and the loss of one’s ability to enjoy life. John E. Studley Jr. is an accomplished injury lawyer who analyzes the facts in great detail and consults with experts when necessary in order to obtain the full amount that injured bikers deserve.
Speak with a Massachusetts motorcycle accident attorney in a free consultation
The Studley Law Offices in Middleborough represents victims of motorcycle accidents in Plymouth County and the surrounding areas. For a free no-obligation consultation, please call 508-923-7207 or contact us online.