Massachusetts Motorcycle Accident FAQs:
1. How common are motorcycle accidents in Massachusetts?
In 2012, there were a total of 108,379 automobile crashes in the state of Massachusetts. This resulted in 4,384 injuries and 349 deaths. Of the people who were injured and/or killed in crashes, 51 were motorcyclists.
2. What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?
- Distracted driving.
- Failure to yield to a motorcycle.
- Mechanical failures.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
3. If I am involved in a motorcycle accident, what should I do?
If you are involved in an accident while riding your motorcycle, the first thing you should do is call 911, especially if you are injured. You should also collect as much information as you can about the accident, including the name of other drivers involved, contact information for witnesses and insurance information. If you have a cellphone or camera, take photos of the crash site. If you believe that another party was responsible for the accident, contact apersonal injury attorney as soon as you are able to do so.
4. Can I file a lawsuit even if I am at fault for the accident?
In the state of Massachusetts, you may be entitled to compensation if you are less than 50 percent at fault for your motorcycle accident. However, the amount of compensation you receive will depend on your level of fault.
5. How do I file a lawsuit?
Before you file a lawsuit against the person responsible for your accident, you must first make sure that you have a legitimate case. You must also make sure that you are filing the lawsuit against the proper party. For example, if the driver of another vehicle struck your motorcycle because he wasn’t paying attention, that driver is at fault. However, if he hit you because his brakes weren’t working properly, the manufacturer may be at fault.
To make sure that you have a viable personal injury case and that you are naming the proper defendant, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney for guidance.
6. Do I have to file my lawsuit right away?
After a motorcycle accident, you have up to three years to file your lawsuit in the state of Massachusetts. However, you should not hesitate if you believe you are entitled to compensation. The sooner you file your lawsuit, the sooner you will receive the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, replace your lost wages and repair your motorcycle.
7. Shouldn’t I just take the insurance company’s settlement offer?
In many cases, the defendant’s insurance company or legal team will offer a settlement to the victim in a motorcycle crash. However, you should not accept this settlement offer without consulting a qualified attorney. An experienced attorney will be able to review the settlement offer and make sure that it provides enough money for you to cover your expenses and get on with your life after the accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Peter Ventura to learn more about filing a lawsuit.