Travelling by motorcycle can also be expensive, given the protective gear, insurance and licensing you need to be a smart, street-legal rider. Also, should you have a motorcycle accident, the damages can really add up. The annual cost of motorcycle incidents in the U.S. is more than $16 billion, according to the Government Accounting Office. If you are wrongfully injured in an accident on your motorcycle, contact a motorcycle accident attorney for the help you need.
Traffic laws for motorcyclists vary by state. For example, Massachusetts is one of 19 states with a universal helmet law. Also, although you can legally ride beside another motorcycle in the same lane, you cannot split a lane to pass slower traffic, according to Massachusetts statutes. It is important to familiarize yourself with local traffic rules before you take to the roads because that minimizes your liability should you be involved in an accident.
Injuries often happen as a result of products that were defectively designed or manufactured irresponsibly. Many of these injuries could be avoided if the manufacturer and/or designer had taken proper safeguards against the possibility of their products posing a danger to consumers.
Defective products include anything from prescription drugs, construction equipment, motor vehicles, and general consumer products. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury that you believe is the result of a defective product, you should speak to one of our attorneys today.
You can seek additional compensation for your injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident if the other driver is more than 50 percent at fault for what occurred.
A driver is at fault when failure to act or intentional actions cause an accident, for example when that driver:
When you are facing a pile of unpaid bills and an uncertain future after a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, a Massachusetts motorcycle attorney can help.
When you seek damages for injury or wrongful death in Massachusetts, you have several hurdles to overcome. For instance, because statistics show that riding a motorcycle is dangerous, sometimes that might unfairly be held against you. Another hurdle is obtaining a fair settlement, and eventually having to bring suit if the insurance company won’t offer you what you are owed. Your motorcycle accident attorney is skilled in overcoming these and other hurdles to get you a settlement or award that you deserve.
Help for Injury Cases in the Agawam Area
At McLane & McLane Law of Agawam, Mass., we fight for the monetary compensation you are legally entitled to for damages above and beyond what your insurance coverage provides. You shouldn’t suffer financially for another driver’s mistakes. Get in touch with us today to learn more.