Motorcyclists in Massachusetts face dangers that occupants of motor vehicles do not face. A motorcycle doesn't provide riders with the structural protection and safety features motor vehicles have. Motorcyclists are generally left open to the elements, meaning that if a motorcycle accident occurs the motorcyclist could be seriously injured or even killed.
Our readers may remember a serious motorcycle crash in a neighboring state back in June, in which seven bikers lost their lives. The motorist responsible for the motorcycle accident was from Massachusetts. However, as the crash is being investigated, some legislators are becoming frustrated with the lack of cooperation from Governor Baker's administration.
The condition of a Massachusetts motorcyclist is unknown after they were involved in a devastating collision with a car over the Fourth of July holiday. The accident occurred in the late afternoon on the holiday at an intersection in Montague. A car made an abrupt left-hand turn and struck the motorcyclist, who had the right of way at the junction. The car's driver tried to avoid the collision by speeding up but was unsuccessful.
In Massachusetts and elsewhere, motorcyclists take to the rode during the warm months. Because of this, motorists are often advised to double check their surroundings for these smaller vehicles, as they can easily go unnoticed in a driver's blind spot. When a driver fails to check their blind spots and mirrors or fails to yield to an oncoming motorcyclist, this could result in a serious and even fatal motorcycle collision.
A motorcycle can be an efficient and fun way to travel on Massachusetts roads. Sadly, however, motorcycles are often involved in violent and sometimes deadly crashes when other motorists fail to act reasonably around them.
Motorcyclists can suffer serious injuries and even death when they are hit by other vehicles. The collision between a motorcycle and a car can be violent and can leave a motorcycle rider with broken bones, organ damage, internal bleeding, and brain and spinal injuries. Recovering from a motorcycle crash can be time-consuming and can leave a victim with permanent and sometimes disabling injuries.
Any vehicle accident can be a traumatic and difficult event to manage. It is important that in the wake of such an incident that a victim seeks the medical support they need to have their injuries attended to. The victim of a motorcycle accident in Massachusetts may need to be taken to the hospital or emergency room for treatment in the event that they seriously injured or suffering from life-threatening harm.
Drivers in Massachusetts and states throughout the country are cautioned to limit the distractions in their vehicles so that they can put their attention on the roads before them. Too often Worcester residents hear horrific accounts of drivers causing accidents because they were looking at their phones or trying to multitask while operating their vehicles. Driving is an involved process that requires a person to watch what is happening around them, manage their own vehicle, and anticipate the actions of other drivers and pedestrians.
Jurisdictions throughout the nation have adopted mandatory helmet laws for motorcyclists. This is because the risk of head injuries resulting from motorcycle collisions is significant and traumatic brain injuries can cause victims to suffer debilitating harm and even death when they are sustained. However, there is another form of injury that can leave a Massachusetts motorcyclist with serious health complications and that can change the course of their life forever: a spinal cord injury.
Earlier this year the Governor's Highway Safety Administration published a press release that noted that in 2017, motorcycle accident fatalities had dropped 5.6 percent over those suffered in 2016. That reduction in deaths calculated out to nearly 300 fewer lives lost in these roadway tragedies. However, despite the lowering of the national motorcycle accident fatality rate, nearly 5,000 individuals were still lost in motorcycle accidents in 2017.