With more than 4,000 motorcycle fatalities occurring annually in the United States – and more than 40 annually in Massachusetts – it is important for motorcycle riders to remain attentive to the risks they face when riding their motorcycles on a daily basis. While riders who observe the speed limits and practice other safe riding techniques can help reduce their chances of causing an accident, many fatal accidents occur due to factors beyond the rider’s control.
Through the first half of 2015, we have already seen numerous tragic examples of motorcycle riders losing their lives in situations that could have – and, in many cases, should have – been avoided. These real-life stories from across Massachusetts should serve as reminders to motorcycle riders and other motorists of the consequences of even a momentary lapse in judgment or concentration. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in the greater Boston area, attorney John J. Sheehan can help you hold the responsible parties accountable and help you to fight for just compensation.
Fatal Motorcycle Accidents so far this Year In and Around Massachusetts
The following are some examples of fatal motorcycle accidents in and around Massachusetts in 2015. It should be noted that since these accidents all occurred fairly recently, the precise causes may still not yet be determined. Possible contributing factors indicated are as reported by local news outlets.
- A 23-year-old father was killed in a motorcycle accident earlier this year when he lost control of his bike in Fall River, Massachusetts. Initial reports suggest that he may have either hit a pothole or lost control while attempting to avoid a pothole. In certain circumstances, state and local government authorities can be held liable for injuries and property damage sustained due to potholes and other road maintenance issues.
- Three motorcycle riders died in an accident just outside of Massachusetts on Route 13 when a car driven by a 41-year-old man from Leominster crossed into oncoming traffic. Two of the riders died at the scene while he third succumbed to injuries at the hospital. Police ruled out alcohol as a contributing factor but are still investigating the specific cause of the accident.
- A 38-year-old Chicopee man died in an accident at the intersection of Montgomery Street and Bridle Path Road. An SUV was involved in the accident, in which the motorcycle rider died at the scene.
- A man from Scituate died in a morning accident on Route 3A when he collided with a commercial truck. Initial reports indicate that the motorcycle rider, who was traveling northbound, crossed into the southbound lane. It is unclear whether the truck driver could have done anything to avoid the accident.
- In an accident just across the water from Fall River, a 26-year-old motorcycle rider died when he lost control in a bend and was flung from the bike. His passenger, a 21-year-old male, went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Comparative Fault in Motorcycle Accident Cases
As you can see, some of these accidents appear to possibly involve negligent actions on the part of either the motorcycle rider, a third party or in some cases both could be at fault. In accidents involving multiple responsible parties, the courts in Massachusetts apply a rule known as, “modified comparative fault.” This rule allows negligent parties to recover at least a portion of their damages – as long as they were less than 51 percent at fault in the accident.
In these cases, you will want to work closely with your personal injury attorney to ensure that you can obtain maximum compensation for your injuries or your loved one’s loss. Learn more about important issues affecting Massachusetts motorcycle accident claims.
Contact Attorney John J. Sheehan to Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
Following a motorcycle accident, it is important to act quickly in order to preserve your legal rights. The longer you wait, the more difficult it may become to prove that you are entitled to financial compensation. If you wait too long, you can lose your right to sue entirely.
John J. Sheehan is an experienced Boston personal injury lawyer who has helped numerous clients recover millions of dollars in compensation for their losses. To find out if you have a claim for your motorcycle accident, call John at 877-762-9510 or contact Law Office of John J. Sheehan online today.