Riding a motorcycle can be fun and exciting. A motorcycle accident, on the other hand, can be a serious and often deadly event. Each year more than 2,200 people are killed in motorcycle accidents and 55,000 people are injured.
The rider does not have the benefit of the safety features that automobile drivers have, such as, air bags, seat belts and most importantly, an enclosed vehicle. If you are injured, KJC Law Firm can help you maneuver through the insurance system and determine whether your injuries or a loved one’s death was caused by the negligence of another driver. For more information on how to protect your rights if you have an accident of any kind, click here.
There are some simple steps that you can take to make riding safer and more enjoyable and, at the same time, reduce your risk of injury.
Wear a Department of Transportation certified helmet and wear it every time you ride. U.S. Department of Transportation statistics show that head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. Riders who don’t wear helmets are 40% more likely to die in a motorcycle accident that those that do. The Department of Transportation tests helmets to make sure they withstand a large amount of impact energy in a crash and have a fastening system that holds up to significant force. Look for “DOT” label on the back of a helmet when you are purchasing it.
Increase your visibility. Make sure your headlight is working. Wear reflective tape on your helmet and biking jacket. These simple steps make it more likely that automobile drivers will see you.
Ride sober. Driving impaired is dangerous, but riding a motorcycle impaired is deadly. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety statistics show that 42% of motorcycle drivers killed in motorcycle accidents have a blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08 percent or higher, above the legal limit in Massachusetts. That number increases to 53% in accidents that occur between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Many of the actual causes of motorcycle accidents, such as speeding, lane splitting or failing to exercise due caution, can be attributed to the lack of good judgment that sometimes occurs with even a couple of drinks. If you are riding a motorcycle, don’t drink.
Ride a motorcycle with an antilock braking system (ABS). According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, ABS reduces the risk of a fatal crash by 31%. ABS prevents wheels from locking up. On a car, a lockup might result in a skid, but on a motorcycle, it likely means a fall and often a serious fall.
Take a class in riding. The Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP) oversees and supports nine motorcycle safety schools across the Commonwealth that offer Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) approved courses. Participating in these classes is not only a way to improve your riding and pick up information that might just save your life, it is an opportunity to meet other motorcycle enthusiasts.
If you or a family member has been injured or if you have had a loved one killed in a motorcycle accident in Massachusetts, call KJC Law Firm for a free consultation. We will tell you whether you have a case and help you get compensation for your injuries or your family member’s wrongful death. The motorcycle accident lawyers at KJC Law Firm have more than 60 years of experience litigating major cases. We have the resources to investigate your claim, hire the necessary experts, and get you the compensation that you deserve. KJC Law Firm represents injured people from communities all across Massachusetts, including the Greater Boston area, Cambridge, MetroWest, Cape Cod, Fall River, Lowell, Worcester and Springfield.