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Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents Kill Young Adults

Motorcycle accidents are most common among people between 20 and 24 years old. Scientific studies show that young adults at this age are “at their prime” for working and reproducing. This means that motorcycle-related fatalities claim the lives of victims in their most “productive” years. Although fatalities have decreased for cars and trucks, deaths from motorcycle accidents continue to climb. In the last 10 years, more than 35,000 motorcycle riders were killed in traffic collisions while 1.2 million suffered serious harm. Emergency rooms treat an average of 200,000 motorcycle-related injuries each year. These injuries are expected to rise with the increasing popularity of motorcycles.

Motorcycle Injuries and Fatalities

With larger engines and less surface area, motorcycles can accelerate and maintain greater velocity than automobiles. They also benefit from bypassing traffic and using the carpool lane. But on car-dominated highways, riders remain less visible and more exposed to danger. Helmets can help, but they do not fully protect riders from the sheer force of an oncoming car. In automobile-related accidents, cyclists incur serious injuries, including:

  • Lacerations, skin tears
  • Fractures, broken bones
  • Crushed upper torso or trunk
  • Severed or damaged leg, foot
  • Total or partial loss of arm, hand
  • Internal bleeding, organ dysfunction
  • Traumatic brain or spinal cord injury

Even at low speeds, an accident with a large vehicle can prove fatal. Riders who receive emergency medical attention may be stable after surgery, but often do not survive the operation. Few make it to the hospital alive. Despite these grim statistics, motorcycles continue to be popular: ridership has increased in direct, inverse proportion to the rate of injury and death.

Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Negligence

One of the greatest advantages motorcyclists have over drivers is the ability to focus on riding without distractions. Distracted driving, on the other hand, continues to rise at an alarming rate. Whether drivers are fiddling with the radio or trying to multitask at the wheel, one careless moment can cost a human life. Even with the best helmet and protective clothing, motorcyclists are still vulnerable to negligent drivers. Examples of negligent driving include:

  • DUI, intoxication
  • Speeding, tailgating
  • Failure to check blind spot
  • Unexpected turn, lane change
  • Sudden braking, acceleration
  • Talking, texting, other distractions
  • Failure to maintain safe braking distance

Personal injury law provides a legal recourse for motorcycle riders injured by negligence. Motorists breach a legal duty to motorcyclists by failing to drive safely. If their reckless driving causes an accidental injury, at-fault motorists are responsible for any damages arising out of their negligence. These may include compensation for property damage, medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. The award should include hospital bills, emergency treatment, and any future costs for continuing care. If the accident resulted in the motorcycle rider’s death, surviving family members may also recover damages through a wrongful death claim.

Seek Counsel From a Knowledgeable Attorney

If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a dedicated Massachusetts personal injury lawyer at Cappetta Law Offices today. Attorney Cappetta is a passionate advocate of victims injured by negligence. He has prevailed in all types of motorcycle accident cases involving driver negligence, product defects, and dangerous conditions on property. Our offices in Natick and Framingham are proud to serve personal injury clients in Middlesex County, Massachusetts and beyond. At Cappetta Law Offices, we are committed to providing you with the finest legal representation and helping you recover the compensation you deserve. Call (508) 969-9505 for a free consultation or contact us online .