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Worcester crash kills motorcyclist after impact with 2 vehicles

Driving or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle can be both liberating and terrifying. It may be the magic combination of the two that makes driving or riding on a motorcycle so tempting. Regardless, every person has the right to health and safety on Worcester roads, even motorcyclists. However, motorcyclists can be the victim of a motorcycle accident that can cause serious injury or even death.

Building a strong case for motorcycle accident victims

Other drivers are often responsible for motorcycle accidents in Massachusetts. For example, another motorist could make a left-hand turn or change lanes in front of a motorcyclist. Or, a motorist may fail to yield when necessary to a motorcyclist. Other times, a motorist rear-ends a motorcyclist, or runs through a red light or stop sign. Speeding drivers and drunk drivers can also cause motorcycle accidents. However, whatever the cause, motorcycle accidents can be serious or even deadly affairs. After all, motorcycles, being so much smaller and lighter than an automobile, do not have physics on their side when it comes to a crash.

Motorcyclist, passenger injured after being struck by a car

Winters in Massachusetts are long, so once the ice and snow have melted and sunny warmer days arrive, people are itching to get outside and enjoy the weather. When warm weather is in the forecast, motorcyclists are ready to take their bikes out of storage and go for a ride. Whether they ride for pleasure, or simply as a quick way to get from point A to point B, it is important for all drivers in Massachusetts to pay attention to their surroundings, including the presence of motorcyclists. It only takes one moment of inattention to cause a serious motorcycle accident.

Motorcycle accident-related brain injuries are costly for victims

Brain injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents are a leading cause of accident-related deaths. Victims of motorcycle accidents can face permanent physical injuries and mental impacts as a result of a motorcycle-related brain injury. Additionally, the financial costs of a brain injury can be significant and burdensome for both victims and their families. While wearing a helmet can help, a wide range of brain injuries can result from a motorcycle accident including traumatic brain injuries and hemorrhages.

Distracted driver accident victims have rights

Distracted driving is causing a greater number of car accidents as the concern grows. In general, distracted driving has always been a concern for motorcyclists in Worcester because other drivers may not be attentive, observant and careful enough to spot a motorcyclist. This can have dramatic consequences for the motorcycle rider. Unfortunately, many drivers using cellphones, including talking on cellphones while driving and texting while driving, are causing various kinds of motor vehicle accidents.

Fatal Worcester motorcycle accident claims life

Motorcycle accidents can have devastating consequences and can result in death. An accident involving a motorcycle in Worcester recently resulted in the death of a 21-year old motorcycle rider. According to witnesses and authorities, the motorcycle was heading north when a truck headed south turned left in front of it. The motorcyclist tried to stop by applying the brakes but was unable to do so. The motorcycle rider died at the hospital from the injuries sustained in the fatal motorcycle accident. The 44-year old driver of the truck and his 16-year old passenger, his son, were unharmed in the incident.

What are some tips to keep motorcyclists safe?

Because it is important to safely share the road with all different types of vehicles, tips to help promote motorcycle safety can be useful for drivers to understand. Because motorcycles are smaller, they are also more difficult to see which also leaves motorcyclists more vulnerable if they do get into an accident. The size of motorcycles may also cause them to appear faster and further away than they are. In addition, motorcycles do not have the same safety features of passenger vehicles that makes motorcycle accident victims especially vulnerable to injuries when a motorcycle accident occurs.

Liability for drunk driving accidents can be complex

Unfortunately, drunk drivers can cause a number of different types of motor vehicle accidents including motorcycle accidents, car accidents and truck accidents. Victims of drunk driving accidents may be left unexpectedly facing serious physical, financial and emotional damages. While drunk drivers may be responsible to compensate victims of drunk driving accidents for the damages they have suffered, other parties may be liable to the victims as well.

Man loses his leg in motorcycle accident in Massachusetts

A motorcyclist in a nearby Massachusetts community recently lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. The accident occurred when a car pulled out in front of the motorcyclist, which caused the motorcycle rider to strike the car and a tree, severing his leg. The 45-year-old motorcycle accident victim was in intensive care following the accident and was expected to undergo multiple surgeries. In addition to the loss of his leg below the knee, the man also suffered scrapes and cuts and required stitches above his eye. An accident reconstruction team was called to the scene following the motorcycle accident. The crash remained under investigation and charges had not been filed immediately following the accident.

The impact of motorcycle accidents

The number of motorcycle accident fatalities annually continues to present challenges for public health and safety. There were a total of 4,502 motorcycle accident fatalities in 2010 and similar numbers were recorded for 2011. From 1997 to 2008, there was an increase in motorcycle accident fatalities that more than doubled from 2,116 fatalities in 1997 to 5,312 fatalities in 2008.

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