Hundreds of serious auto accidents in Massachusetts each year involve motorcyclists. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable in vehicle collisions due to the lack of a metal shell protecting them from personal injuries. Many serious and fatal motorcycle accidents in Newton and throughout the state trace back to human error and motor vehicle driver negligence.
At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, our Newton motorcycle accident lawyers do what is necessary to protect riders’ rights and assist them in obtaining fair compensation for their injuries and damages after accidents. Contact us as soon as possible after a motorcycle crash that injures you or takes the life of a loved one. You may be eligible for a monetary award from one or more defendants.
During a motorcycle accident claim, you may encounter biases and stigmas against motorcyclists that get in the way of obtaining fair results and financial compensation. An insurance company may try to unfairly deny your claim, for example, for reasons such as an alleged assumption of risks. It is important to hire a Newton motorcycle accident lawyer to help you stand up for your rights in these situations. Otherwise, the insurer may take advantage of you and convince you to accept less than your injuries require – or no compensation at all. Hiring a lawyer could help you explore all your outlets for recovery, including a first-party insurance claim, third-party claim or injury lawsuit.
You must understand the rules that apply to you as a motorcyclist in Massachusetts to stay on the right side of the law. Motorcyclists must abide by the same traffic laws as typical motorists, including speed limits and rights-of-way. They must not lane-split or ride more than two abreast with other motorcycles. Motorcyclists in Massachusetts (and their passengers) must wear state-approved helmets at all times, regardless of age or level of experience. Obeying all your responsibilities as a motorcyclist could help you avoid an accident.
You also have rights as a motorcyclist in Massachusetts. Other drivers must respect your rights and maintain a safe distance from your vehicle. Ignoring motorcyclists’ rights is a common reason for serious collisions. Driver negligence such as cutting motorcyclists off, turning on top of them, making unsafe lane changes, speeding, driving recklessly and driving drunk increases the odds of a collision with a motorcyclist.
An at-fault driver may have to pay for a motorcyclist’s damages in serious accident cases in Massachusetts. Other at-fault parties could include the creator of the motorcycle (product liability claim) or the City of Newton for a defective roadway. Our lawyers can help you identify the proper defendant.
If our Newton motorcycle accident lawyers succeed in obtaining compensation for your recent motorcycle accident, you and your family could receive money for both tangible and intangible losses. A compensatory award from an insurance company or defendant could pay you for 100% of your medical bills, motorcycle repairs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Discuss the possible value of your motorcycle accident claim with our attorneys today.
When you call us for a free consultation in Newton, we can go over the facts and details of your recent motorcycle accident. We will answer your questions honestly. Then, we can help you understand your rights in terms of pursuing compensation. We may offer to represent you during insurance settlement negotiations and/or a personal injury lawsuit in Middlesex County. Start your case with a free consultation. Contact us online or call (617) 391-9001 today.