Motorcycle Accident

When you hop onto your beloved Harley, you are consciously accepting the risks that go hand-in-hand with motorcycle riding. Bikers are nearly six times more likely to experience an injury or fatal accident than automobile drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. When you and your motorcycle are involved in a collision, be sure to take all the right steps to protect yourself from misplaced liability. One of the first and most important actions you can take is to contact an experienced Springfield motorcycle accident lawyer.

Motorcycle Laws Differ from State to State

When taking to the roads of Massachusetts on your motorcycle, you should be aware of the following:

  • You can legally ride abreast in a single lane with another rider.
  • You and your passengers must wear DOT-approved helmets.
  • Your bike’s handlebar grips cannot be higher than shoulder-level when you are seated.
  • Engine noise must be 82 decibels or less when you are riding at 45 mph or slower.

Additionally, municipalities within the state may have their own regulations to follow. For example, in Boston, you must have an official stamp confirming compliance with EPA noise standards.

The Hidden Hazards of a Motorcycle Injury Accident

Other motorists often associate motorcyclists with reckless driving, but this is typically not the case. In fact, despite taking greater care to ride safely, you still face greater risks of injury and wrongful death than a motorist should an accident occur, because:

  • You don’t have the protection of an enclosed vehicle.
  • Other drivers who don’t see you cut you off in traffic.
  • Gravel, potholes and uneven roadways pose greater danger to your stability.
  • In a collision, your chances of serious injury are far greater.
  • Hazardous weather is more threatening when you’re on a motorcycle.

What You Should Do After an Injury Accident

  • Do not make any statements regarding liability for the incident.
  • Get the medical care you need.
  • If you are unable, ask a friend to get contact information from the others on the scene and take photos of the area, if possible.
  • Contact your Springfield motorcycle accident/personal injury attorney.
  • Do not accept a settlement before speaking with your attorney.

Your Springfield Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Knowledge is your best protection as a motorcycle rider in Massachusetts.When you need help navigating the legal and financial aftermath of an injury accident that you didn’t cause, get in touch with us at McLane & McLane Law Firm. We understand the issues you are facing and can help you get the compensation you are due in the Agawam and Springfield, Mass., regions.