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Motorcycle rider struck by truck debris seriously injured

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.

What should be done after a motorcycle accident?

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.

Many drivers fail to see motorcycles out on the roads

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.

Living with a spinal cord injury after a motorcycle accident

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.

Despite drop in deaths, motorcycle fatalities are still a problem

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.

Tips for staying safe while operating a motorcycle

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle riders die at a rate 27 times higher than people in cars. This means that motorcyclists face significant threats when they take to the roads of Massachusetts. There are, however, some important safety tips to follow to stay safe when enjoying time on a motorcycle.

Motorcyclist killed in collision with car

According to reports, a recent accident in Worcester claimed the life of a 31-year-old woman. The victim was riding a motorcycle on Plantation Street when it appears that a vehicle turned in front of her to access the Interstate 290 on-ramp. The victim and her motorcycle crashed into the passenger side of the vehicle and in the collision the motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

Even when a motorcyclist takes extreme precautions to protect their health and safety, they can still suffer significant injuries if they are struck by negligent vehicle drivers. One of the most serious injuries that a Massachusetts motorcyclist may sustain in a vehicle-motorcycle collision is a traumatic brain injury. These types of injuries can cause lifelong pain and suffering and can affect victims' quality of life for years.

Contributory negligence can impact motorcycle accident claims

Negligence is an important legal concept on which many personal injury claims are based. A person is generally considered to have acted negligently if their conduct differs from what a reasonable person would have done in a given situation. For example, if a Massachusetts resident speeds in their vehicle, runs a red light or otherwise causes an accident with a motorcyclist, they may be found to have acted negligently, since a reasonable person would not have, for example, sped or missed the traffic signal.

Should I settle my motorcycle accident claims?

After sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident, a victim may not want to jump into what may become a lengthy legal battle. They may be tempted to accept a settlement offer put forth by the party that caused their harm and to simply release that party from any further responsibility for the losses they caused to the victim. While settlements can sometime serve the interests of Worcester motorcycle accident victims, readers are cautioned that settlement in these cases is not always the best course of action.

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