May is national Motorcycle Awareness Month. In the spirit of the month, we want to use this week's post to discuss motorcycle awareness, specifically the potential difficulties with seeing motorcycles on the road as well as how damaging ia motorcycle crash can be, and what can be done to increase awareness. Hopefully by doing so, Massachusetts' motorcyclists will be safer on the road.
Under what are known as dram shop laws, an individual who is injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver may be able to hold an alcohol vender liable. However, doing so can be quite difficult, as it is often hard to prove that the vendor had certain knowledge. For example, did the vendor know the individual was intoxicated before serving him or her? These types of questions can be complex, and acquiring the evidence to support an answer can be pivotal in a civil lawsuit.
Riding a motorcycle is a great way to take in Massachusetts' landscape while relaxing and enjoying the weather. It can also be a cost-saving way to get around town and to commute to and from work. However, since motorcyclists are not surrounded by steel reinforcements and are not protected by airbags as are car and truck drivers, motorists must be careful to be aware of them and to avoid acting in a way that might cause a collision.
Coming out of winter, a time when very few, if any motorcycles on the road, motorists may neglect to be aware of motorcyclists. This can be a tragic, even fatal error. Those injured in a motorcycle accident may be left permanently disabled, unable to work, and unable to care for their family. Those who lose a loved one in a fatal motorcycle crash may be left with emotional devastation and without stable income. In both cases, the damages can be great.
As the arrival of spring brings warmer weather, many Massachusetts residents may hop on their motorcycles to go to work, school or to take a joy ride. Others even ride their motorcycle as a part of their job. Yet, the increase in the number of bikes on the road should bring about an increased awareness of their presence. Motorists who fail to notice motorcycles put riders at risk of suffering serious injuries that can lead to permanent disability or death.
Typically, late night and early morning roads have less traffic than they do during the day. However, this does not mean that car accidents are less likely. A negligent driver can strike anytime, at any place. And when a distracted driver causes a car crash, the results can be deadly.