Motorcycle season is upon us. With the warmer weather will come more Massachusetts residents turning to their motorcycles as a way to unwind after work and on the weekend, take a quick trip to run an errand, or even replace their normal methods of commuting to school or work. Regardless of the reason why an individual chooses to ride a bike, it is important that he or she is aware of the risks. These motorists need to ensure that they are driving as defensively as possible, because other motorists may suffer from motorcycle unawareness. This, and other forms of negligence, can result in a tragic motorcycle accident that leaves a wake of destruction, injury, and death.
This tragically happened recently when a car collided with a motorcycle head-on. According to reports, the driver of the car moved into oncoming traffic, slamming into the motorcycle. The impact left the motorcyclist and his passenger with serious leg injuries. The driver of the motorcycle had to be airlifted to the hospital for treatment. No criminal charges have been filed against the errant driver, but that doesn't mean that civil action won't be taken in the future.
After all, suffering serious leg injuries can be painful and costly. Those who suffer broken bones or severe lacerations may be forced to cope with extensive pain and suffering that lingers for years. Additionally, the rehabilitation and medical expenses associated with recovering from these injuries can be astronomical. To make matters worse, these types of injuries often leave victims unable to work, meaning that they suffer from lost wages.
Fortunately, victims of motorcycle accidents are often able to recover compensation by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver who harmed them. Such action can be taken even when prosecutors fail to file criminal charges. Those who wish to learn more about how to pursue a negligence claim should consider speaking with an experienced Massachusetts legal professional of their choosing.
Source: Swampscott Patch, "Swampscott Motorcycle Accident Leaves 2 With Severe Injuries," Taylor Rapalyea, April 12, 2017