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Types of Compensation in Massachusetts Motorcycle Accidents

In various ways, motorcycle accidents are unique and differ from other types of motor vehicle accidents. Having an experienced lawyer to provide legal guidance and protect your rights can be vital for recovering compensation in a motorcycle accident. The Boston Law Firm of Jonathan D. Light, P.C. takes your accident seriously and works diligently to maximize your recovery of damages.

Recoverable compensation in motorcycle accidents

When another party is a fault and you suffer serious injury in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to recover the following types of economic and non-economic damages:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Assistive or long-term care expenses
  • Wage loss and lost future income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of quality of life

Factors unique to motorcycle accidents

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) reports that motorcycle accidents resulting in fatalities increased by 55 percent since 2000. However, unlike other motor vehicle accidents, protective gear plays a vital safety role and can help motorcyclists avoid serious injuries or death in many instances. According to the CDC, wearing helmets prevents 37 percent of motorcycle accident deaths and 41 percent for motorcycle passengers.

Massachusetts law requires individuals operating motorcycles and passengers riding on motorcycles or in attached sidecars to wear protective helmets that conform to safety standards. There is also other protective gear that people operating or riding on motorcycles can wear that reduce the likelihood of serious injury, such as non-slip gloves, sturdy footwear, safety glasses, and leather jackets or pants that incorporate armor to protect against road rash.

Individuals riding motorcycles should comply with helmet laws and other traffic rules. Any individual that the court finds is more than 50 percent at fault for causing an accident loses their right to sue for compensation. Also, the courts reduce the recovery of damages by the injured individual’s percentage of fault.

Unfortunately, because motorcycles offer riders very little protection in a collision, motorcyclists are often at risk for catastrophic injuries. Taking every precaution possible to avoid accidents is wise if you ride a motorcycle. But if you suffer severe injuries in a motor cycle accident it is important to have an experienced attorney who has extensive knowledge of serious bodily injuries including head and spinal injuries.

Jonathan Light is a highly reputed accident and injury lawyer who shows clients compassion and employs his years of experience to help them recover the compensation they deserve.

Contact a qualified motorcycle accident attorney with 35 years experience, proven ability, integrity and dedication

Call 617-245-0220 or contact the Law Firm of Jonathan D. Light, P.C. online to schedule your free initial consultation.