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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.

Motorcycle accidents are often caused by right of way mistakes

Massachusetts has codified a set of rules that govern how drivers on the roads should act in the event that they approach intersections at the same time as other motorists. Deciding who will go first and how others should follow concerns the drivers' right of way, or the right of a driver to go before others.

Negligent drivers put motorcyclists in harm's way

The following scenario is not an uncommon sight to witness on Massachusetts roads: two drivers approach an intersection in opposing directions, and the vehicle that must yield to oncoming traffic hurries through the intersection so that it does not have to wait any longer than necessary. The actions of the vehicle's driver are dangerous because the driver's conduct is potentially negligent and their hurry to get across the intersection may put others in the path of collisions.

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