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Riding a motorcycle can be a great way to explore Boston. However, bikers have fewer protections than drivers and are at a higher risk of injuries in accidents. Sometimes, no matter how safe you are while riding your motorcycle, someone else may neglect their duty to care for your safety. If you suffered injuries due to another person’s careless actions, our Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers are here to help. .
In our 45 years of experience, we have helped motorcycle victims seek justice and receive the compensation they deserve. We take a compassionate and personalized approach to every claim, creating a unique plan based on your needs and goals. Our dedicated team handles every aspect of your claim, so you can focus on recovery instead of worrying about the complicated legal process. We offer a free consultation to all potential clients, during which we listen to your story and determine the best path to secure a fair settlement. To schedule yours, call (617) 391-9001 or fill out our contact form.
After a motorcycle accident, your recovery should be your top priority. However, this can be difficult if you attempt to handle your claim yourself. Our Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers give you the best chance of achieving a successful outcome by managing every aspect of your claim, including the following:
Our lawyers also help you file your claim on time. Massachusetts law only gives victims three years to file. This may seem like a lot of time, but the process can be complicated, and your recovery can be extensive. With our unmatched legal services and efficient approach, we file your claim swiftly so that you can receive compensation as soon as possible. Furthermore, contacting a Boston motorcycle accident lawyer allows you to take advantage of your opportunity to defend your rights and achieve a fair settlement.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that 4,985 people were killed in motorcycle accidents across the United States in 2018. While that represents a 5% decrease from the prior year, most of those accidents could have been prevented.
About 82,000 additional riders were injured.
Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be killed in a crash when compared with occupants in passenger vehicles. Nationwide, the fatality rate for motorcyclists is approximately 57.52 per every 100,000 registered motorcycles.
What about in Massachusetts? According to crash data published by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, there were a total of 1,731 motorcycle accidents in the Commonwealth in 2019.
In 2020 despite the fact that the nation was essentially shut down because of a pandemic, there were still 1,644 motorcycle accidents in Massachusetts.
If you were hurt in a motorcycle wreck that someone else caused, you’re entitled to financial compensation for your out-of-pocket costs and inconvenience. The exact amount will vary from case to case, but you may be entitled to compensation for:
The insurance company might put a settlement check on the table quickly after your accident. If this happens, be suspicious.
While getting money in your pocket right away is appealing, you might be settling for far less than what your case is worth.
Insurance companies bank on the fact that motor vehicle accident victims need cash now.
By accepting without legal advice, you’re letting the insurance company decide what your injuries are worth. Instead, you can take action and call Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP for help. When you hire us, we bring in experts who can find out what your case is really worth.
Even better? We work on a contingency basis, so you don’t have to worry about paying us anything up front. Just give us a call today to learn more about establishing an attorney-client relationship.
Determining fault is a crucial aspect of securing compensation for your motorcycle accident. You must be able to attribute fault to the party whose negligence caused your accident through a solid claim strengthened by evidence.
As the plaintiff, you bear the burden of proving that the other party:
If these three requirements are met, they will likely be found at fault and liable for your losses.
Unfortunately, fault determination can be a complex and lengthy process. It could involve multiple liable parties, and gathering sufficient evidence such as testimonies, photos, witness statements, and reports can require significant skill and foresight.
Experienced motorcycle accident lawyers can be a helpful resource. They may have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you gather evidence, build a claim that will effectively establish liability, and secure the highest possible settlement for you.
The value of a motorcycle accident claim is determined by numerous factors related to the damages the plaintiff has suffered. In a personal injury case, your losses are usually divided into economic and non-economic damages. An experienced Boston motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to estimate the value of your claim by evaluating these damages and the influence of other crucial factors.
Economic damages, also known as special damages, are essentially the victim’s financial losses with an exact dollar value, like lost wages and medical expenses incurred due to the accident. Economic damages can also include losses such as:
We can help you prove these damages by gathering evidence like quotes, medical bills, and pay stubs.
Non-economic damages, sometimes called general damages, typically refer to losses that don’t have an exact monetary value, like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and reduced quality of life. Our experienced lawyers understand how to calculate these damages and accurately determine your claim’s worth. One way we do this is by having you journal how your injuries make you feel, the appointments you attend each day, and other ways your life has changed since the accident. This helps convey these more abstract damages and prove their existence.
If the at-fault driver was acting with malicious intent, the court might award you punitive damages to penalize the defendant for their recklessness. These damages serve as a punishment for the liable party instead of a reward for the victim. While you cannot request these damages, we can collect evidence that proves the negligent party acted maliciously.
It’s also crucial to note that Massachusetts uses a modified comparative negligence system when awarding damages in motorcycle accident claims. Each party receives a percentage of fault for the accident, which gets deducted from their damages. With this system, you can still recover damages even if you were partially at fault. However, those with over 51% of the responsibility cannot collect damages.
For example, if your claim is worth $100,000, and you are 20% at fault for veering slightly into another lane, you will receive $80,000 for your injuries. Unfortunately, insurance companies often try to assign victims an unfair fault percentage so that they don’t have to give them the compensation they deserve. We are familiar with these tactics and know how to fight back to protect your rights and achieve a fair settlement.
Massachusetts follows modified comparative negligence rules. Sharing fault doesn’t automatically disqualify you from recovering compensation. However, you will lose your right to compensation entirely if you’re found to be 51% or more “at fault” for the crash.
Even if you only played a minor role in the accident, your damages award can be reduced in proportion to your share of the blame. Say you were found to be 20% responsible. A $100,000 compensation award can be reduced by 20%, to $80,000.
Insurance companies know this. They’ll try to blame you for causing the accident or making your injuries worse. For example, they might argue that your helmet did not comply with state helmet laws. They might even try to accuse you of lane splitting, which remains illegal under Massachusetts law.
Our personal injury lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP are familiar with these tactics. We know how to fight back and protect your right to fair compensation.
Motorcyclists make up less than 4% of all registered vehicles in the United States, but they make up approximately 14% of traffic deaths. You’re over 28 times more likely to be in a fatal crash on a motorcycle than in a passenger car. Many different factors can cause a motorcycle accident, some of which include:
Motorcycle accidents often occur due to the negligence of multiple parties, so it’s essential to examine every detail of the crash. Our hardworking lawyers do everything they can to discover what happened, so we can hold the liable parties accountable for their careless actions.
Obeying the helmet laws in Massachusetts can save lives. The state of Massachusetts requires all riders and motorcycle passengers to wear a helmet.
Unfortunately, even with proper protective gear, many motorcyclists suffer serious injuries every year.
At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, our Boston motorcycle accident attorneys represent clients who have suffered:
Some motorcycle accidents are so serious that riders don’t survive the injuries. If that’s the case, our legal team can help surviving family members recover compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one.
Motorcycle accidents often happen quickly, making it challenging to determine who was at fault right away. Our experienced lawyers can help you evaluate the details of the crash to identify a liable party, which may include the following:
Once we know whose negligence caused the accident and your injuries, we can help you gather evidence that fulfills your burden of proof. This is your responsibility as the victim filing a claim to prove the following points:
Fault determination can be a complex and lengthy process. It could involve multiple liable parties, and gathering sufficient evidence such as testimonies, photos, witness statements, and reports can require significant skill and foresight. Our dedicated lawyers can be helpful resources by using their knowledge and resources to build a strong claim and secure a fair settlement.
It’s important not to let much time go by if you were hurt in a motorcycle accident. We know it’s a difficult time for your family, but you might lose your right to compensation if the statute of limitations runs out.
The statute of limitations puts a time limit on your right to sue for damages. Under Massachusetts law, you’re required to file your personal injury lawsuit within three years of the motorcycle accident. Once three years are up, you’re generally barred from filing a lawsuit–even if your injuries were severe.
That might leave you wondering what motorcyclists can do to protect themselves. There are some key findings on increasing motorcycle safety.
While these precautions can save lives, there isn’t much a motorcyclist can do about other careless drivers on the roads.
If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve top-notch representation that will handle every aspect of the legal process while you take the time to heal. Our Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers can help you do just that with our high-quality legal services Massachusetts residents have trusted for over 45 years. We have worked on all types of motorcycle accidents, so we can take on your case with passion and drive.
With professionals like Peter M. Merrigan and Kyle A. Camilleri on your side, you receive top-tier, personalized attention. We listen to your story during your free consultation to understand your unique needs and what we have to do to achieve full compensation for your injuries. We maintain consistent and transparent communication throughout the entire process so you understand the full scope of your claim and your legal options. To schedule your complimentary case consultation, call (617) 391-9001 or fill out our contact form.
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