Motorcycle accidents occur every day in the United States, and they are often deadly. Motorcyclists are at risk of suffering severe injuries after a collision because they are not protected by an outer structure like passenger car drivers. Motorcyclists often suffer severe burns, bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Several recent Massachusetts motorcycle accidents have occurred that have resulted in serious injury and death.
A Recent Massachusetts Motorcycle Accident Resulted in Seven Deaths
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles made egregious gaps by failing to get dangerous drivers off the road that resulted in a fatal accident, according to a National Transportation Safety Board chairman. The agency failed to revoke the license of a truck driver who caused a deadly motorcycle accident last year.
The impaired truck driver then caused the motorcycle accident. A review board stated that the Registry of Motor Vehicles should have revoked the driver’s license when they received notice that the driver lost his or her driving privileges in another state. At the time of the motorcycle accident, the driver stated that he had a valid commercial driver’s license in Massachusetts despite a recent Connecticut arrest. This arrest should have caused the agency to suspend his license.
These multiple failures in the system allowed the driver to continue driving a truck. Additionally, the trucking company that employed the driver had also been cited as contributing to the crash. The safety board found that the employer had a substantial disregard for safety regulations.
Had the driver’s license been suspended, he would not have caused the seven motorcycle pile-up. Because the truck driver’s negligence caused the motorcycle accidents, the surviving family members have a right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and his employer for causing their loved one’s death.
The Search for a Man Involved in a Boston Motorcycle Crash Continues
Over Thanksgiving weekend, a motorcycle accident on the Veterans Memorial Bridge occurred near the Taunton River. Law enforcement officers believe that the motorcyclist involved in the crash was ejected into the Taunton River after the crash took place. The State Police stated that they are continuing to look for the motorcycle accident victim, who they believe to be a 35-year-old man from Fall River. The U.S. Coast Guard recently stated that they had suspended their search for the motorcycle accident victim.
Air Station Cape Code and STA Castle rescue crews have also suspended their search pending more information. The crash occurred sometime around 8 a.m. Law enforcement officers still are not sure what caused the motorcycle accident. Still, they believe the motorcyclist may have crashed into the bridge and flown off the edge into the freezing water below.
Motorcyclists Killed in Boston Crash
In September, a motorcyclist died after a deadly car accident in Boston. Police officers responded to a call regarding a crash involving motorcyclists. Sadly, the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The motorcycle accident is under investigation, and it is unclear if the passenger car vehicle driver suffered any injuries.
Unfortunately, when a passenger vehicle collides with a motorcycle, the motorcyclist often passes away. Even smaller passenger vehicles are so much larger and heavier than motorcycles. When they collide with motorcyclists, the motorcyclists can become crushed or suffer other debilitating injuries. Road rash, lacerations, burns, and fractures are common injuries when a motorcyclist collides with a passenger vehicle.
Motorcycle Accident Victim Identified
Police officers recently identified the victim of a motorcycle accident that occurred on West Nyack Rd. and Rt. 304, in Nanuet, Massachusetts. When law enforcement officers arrived at the scene of the accident, they found an injured male. They also found a motorcycle lying abandoned in the roadway. Officers began administering emergency aid to the injured motorcyclist. He was pronounced dead at the scene, however. Loved ones have identified the victim as 36-year-old Peter Etienne, a father, son, brother, and friend.
Motorcyclist Killed in a South Boston Accident
A person died in a motorcycle accident in South Boston after a car collided with the motorcycle. The car accident occurred near the intersection of E Street and West First streets around 5 p.m. Officers pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the scene. The passenger vehicle driver remained at the scene of the crime, and the accident is still under investigation.
Many motorcycle accidents occur during the morning and evening commutes. Drivers are more likely to be distracted while rushing home from work or rushing to avoid being late. They may be distracted by their children, technology, or they may be merely day-dreaming. Distracted drivers are more likely to miss seeing motorcyclists when distracted because motorcycles are so much smaller than other passenger vehicles.
Motorcycle accidents often occur at intersections. In some cases, the passenger vehicle driver is speeding when they approach the intersection. Their speed can make it impossible for them to stop in time to avoid running a red light. They could crash into a motorcyclist who is turning left, causing a devastating accident. In other cases, a driver may make a lane change into a motorcyclist, crushing the motorcycle and the motorcyclist or causing the motorcyclist to fly off of the motorcycle and onto the hard pavement.
Contact a Boston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or your loved one has suffered an injury in a Boston motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to damages for your injuries. Trying to heal from motorcycle injuries with mounting medical bills can be incredibly challenging. Recovering compensation through an insurance settlement or a personal injury lawsuit could change your life for the better.
The sooner you speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer, the better. Contact the Law Office of John J. Sheehan as soon as possible to schedule your initial consultation to learn how we can advocate for your rights.