Motorcycle riders enjoy the freedom and lifestyle associated with motorcycles, but no one can deny the risks involved in riding. Even the slightest miscalculation can lead to devastating injuries with 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents resulting in some injury to the rider or passenger. Were you injured in a motorcycle accident in Salem, Peabody, Danvers, Beverly, Lynn or anywhere else in Essex County, Massachusetts? If so, you may be wondering if you can pursue a claim, speak to the insurance adjuster, or hire a motorcycle accident attorney.
Ridership in recent years has been increasing because of fuel economy and the return to riding by aging baby boomers. In 2010, more than half of all motorcycle accidents involved riders over 40 years of age. Although rider error accounts for many single vehicle accidents, about 75 percent of motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to pursue a claim for your damages.
Proving a Massachusetts Motorcycle Accident Case
In order to obtain compensation for your damages, you must prove that:
- The other driver was responsible for the accident (that he was negligent);
- You were injured;
- Your injuries were caused by the other driver’s negligence; and
- That you met one of the following requirements:
- The medical expenses exceed $2,000.00;
- The accident causes death;
- Permanent and serious disfigurement;
- Loss of sight or hearing; or
- A fracture (G.L. c. 231, § 6 D).
Compensation For Your Motorcycle Accident Injuries
When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, the other driver was at fault and you meet the statutory requirements you are entitled to receive compensation for:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Physical pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Scarring or disfigurement; and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
However, under Massachusetts law, you are not entitled to pursue a separate claim for Personal Injury Protection benefits for lost wages and medical bills if you are injured while riding a motorcycle (211 Code Mass. Regs. § 3.00).
Free Personal Injury Consultation
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Attorney Bob Allison now for a free consultation by calling 978-740-9433 or filling out our free consultation form. We look forward to talking to you about your Massachusetts personal injury claim.