Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorneys
Motorcycle Accidents in Massachusetts
Riding a motorcycle involves a fair amount of risk. You are out on the road with cars and trucks that are much bigger than your motorcycle, and motorcycles provide very little protection in the event of a crash. In addition, many drivers just don’t pay enough attention to the fact that there are motorcycles on the road. For these reasons, motorcyclists suffer more injuries than operators of other kinds of vehicles. Statistics show that motorcycles make up only 3% of all registered vehicles, but motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities.
Why do you need an experienced Massachusetts motorcycle accident lawyer?
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you may feel overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do. This often happens when a passenger is injured by the motorcycle operator. Before you make any decisions, contact a Massachusetts motorcycle crash attorney. A personal injury attorney will help you protect your decisions, your rights and find the best way forward after a motorcycle crash.
An experienced team of motorcycle accident lawyers can take on the burdens that confront victims of motor vehicle crashes. For example, a lawyer can help you navigate complicated insurance claims. Without an expert lawyer on your side, your claim could be denied or reduced for any number of reasons. Having a motorcycle accident lawyer represent you means that it’s much more difficult for an insurance company to treat you unfairly.
Why should you hire Ballin & Associates, LLC?
Our team of experienced Massachusetts motorcycle accident lawyers can help you secure the compensation you deserve if a careless or negligent driver or motorcycle operator caused your injury. We have employed the services of reconstruction specialists, medical experts and others we find helpful to our mission.
Since 1981 99% of our injured clients have had successful outcomes. How did we do this? By treating our clients like they were our own family. We promise to devote our skill, drive and experience to every client with the compassion they deserve.
You can find more information on successful results for our clients who were injured in motorcycle accidents here and here
What will this cost you?
If our law firm accepts your case, you will pay nothing unless and until we collect compensation for you. Our fee will be a percentage of the amount that we collect on your behalf. We always have a signed written agreement with every client so you know exactly how our fee will be determined right from the start.
Types of Motorcycle Crashes We Handle
Here is a list of the common types of motorcycle accidents our personal injury law firm has handled:
- Car-on-motorcycle accidents
- Single motorcycle accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Injured motorcycle passenger
- Distracted driving/texting accidents
- Motorcycle defects
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Drivers who leave the scene after causing a motorcycle crash
- Truck accidents
Motorcycle accidents can be caused by a number of factors, such as:
- Drivers not keeping an eye out for motorcycles
- Drivers cutting off the motorcycle while turning left
- Drivers cutting off the motorcycle coming out of a driveway or parking lot
- Motorcycle passengers injured by speeding or careless motorcycle operators
- Improper or careless lane changes without signaling
- Failure to stop at stop signs
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Distracted driving – texting, eating or drinking while driving
- Driving while tired
- Roadway hazards, such as potholes, debris on the road, snow and ice on the road.
- Road construction sites
- Defective motorcycle parts, such as tires, brakes or steering
What types of injuries involving motorcycles do we handle?
Our motorcycle accident attorneys handle cases involving all type of injuries, from very serious or even fatal injuries, to relatively minor injuries. Some motorcycle accidents result in so-called "soft tissue" injuries, such as sprained and strained necks, backs, shoulders and knees. We know these injuries are just as painful as a fracture and usually take a lot longer to recover from. We take the time to learn how these injuries affect our clients and then demand our clients be compensated fully and fairly for all they have gone through. The following are common injuries we see in our cases:
- Road rash
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Leg and ankle fractures
- Shoulder injuries, such as fractures or a torn rotator cuff
- Ruptured or herniated discs in the spine
- Neck injuries
- Lower back injury
- Knee injury
What kinds of compensation involving motorcycles can we recover for you?
Our law firm has helped our clients recover the compensation they deserve for the following losses:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income, including loss of overtime pay
- Other out of pocket expenses, like the cost of renting a motorcycle while your ride is repaired
- Pain and suffering
- Physical disability
- Permanent scars
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of love and affection
- Embarrassment and humiliation
- Mental disability
- Damage to your motorcycle and or vehicle
We have represented persons injured in motorcycle accidents all over Massachusetts.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers have handled cases involving motorcycle accidents from Cape Cod to the Berkshires, and every place in between. Certain roads and highways seem to have more than their share of motorcycle accidents, such as the following:
- The Mass Pike
- Southeast Expressway, particularly the Boston sections
- Route 24 in and around Fall River
- Interstate 95
- Interstate 93
- Route 1 on the North Shore
What to do after a motorcycle accident:
Being involved in a motorcycle accident is a frightening and confusing experience. Your body may be flooded with a surge of adrenaline during and immediately after a motorcycle accident, which can make it difficult to fully understand what happened. You might make irrational decisions or statements that could affect your legal rights.
To prevent this, here are some things you should do if you are ever involved in a motorcycle accident.
Assess your medical condition. If there is any question in your mind as to whether you should get medical attention, you probably should, so call 911 immediately. If you feel OK on the day of the crash, but worse the following day, seek medical attention then.
Carefully document relevant details. If you are able, take photographs of any damage to your motorcycle, the other vehicle, and the location where the crash occurred.
Do not speak with anyone other than police officers and emergency medical personnel.
File an official accident report with the local police department.
Contact your insurance agent.
What is the deadline for filing a lawsuit relating to a motorcycle accident?
All lawsuits for injuries caused by Massachusetts motorcycle accidents must be filed in court within three years of the date of the crash. However, it is always best to get an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer involved in your case as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident. Sometimes important evidence can be lost if an investigation of the accident is delayed.
What if the accident was partially my fault?
An injured person may recover as long as he or she is not found to be more at fault than the other persons who caused the injury. In other words, if the injured person and another person are equally at fault, the injured person can still recover, but their recovery is reduced by their own percentage of fault. So, if a jury decides the injured person was 25% at fault, that person’s recovery is reduced by 25%. If the jury decides that the injured person was 51% or more at fault, he or she recovers nothing. For additional information on how courts compare the fault of persons involved in motorcycle accidents, see our blog post on that topic here.
What if the driver who caused the accident has no or limited insurance?
Massachusetts law requires all drivers to have a minimum amount of motorcycle insurance coverage of $20,000. This amount is not enough to cover anything but minor injuries. In addition, if the other driver’s insurance has been cancelled, or if the car was stolen, there will likely be no insurance at all. In situations like that, we can recover from your own insurance policy, under what is known as uninsured motorist benefits coverage. It is well worth spending the extra money to purchase higher limits to make sure you are properly covered in case you are injured by an uninsured or underinsured driver. For additional information on Massachusetts auto insurance, see our recent blog article here.