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Rear End Motorcycle Accidents

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If you are a motorcycle rider, then you are probably aware of the many different ways that motorists put your safety at risk on the road. Due to the smaller stature of motorcycles, they can be difficult to observe especially if the driver is also engaged in distracted driving, intoxicated, or simply failing to abide by Massachusetts traffic laws. Unfortunately, rear end motorcycle accidents are one of the most common types of crashes that a rider will face in his or her lifetime. The outcome of these crashes can be devastating for the rider or even fatal if it occurs at high-speed. If you are a motorcyclist who was injured in a rear end motor vehicle accident, contact the Massachusetts motorcycle accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C. today to start exploring your potential right to recovery against the person who caused you harm.

Rear End Motorcycle Accidents

In 2014 alone, there were over 4,500 motorcycle fatalities in the US and 43 of them occurred in Massachusetts, according to the Massachusetts Highway Safety Plan. Although motorcyclists are encouraged to drive defensively to avoid being injured by a motorist, there is only so much that a rider can do to protect himself or herself. A few ways that motorcyclists can avoid being hit in a rear end collision are to anticipate when traffic lights will change, anticipating abrupt stops by other drivers, and going with the flow of traffic. There are many causes of rear end motorcycle accidents, which account for a large number of overall motorcycle crashes. First, distracted driving takes the driver’s attention away from the road and can make it impossible for the driver to react quickly to changes in the road ahead. Distracted driving includes things like texting, talking on the phone, checking email, surfing the internet, talking with passengers, eating, applying cosmetics, loud music and adjusting the radio.

Driving at high speed or reckless driving can also lead to rear end motorcycle accidents if the driver is not able to stop in time. Tailgating is one of the most common causes of rear end accidents because the driver has not left enough room for his or her vehicle to stop safely and to avoid colliding with any vehicles up ahead. Drunk driving is another common culprit in rear end collisions. An impaired driver cannot make quick decisions while behind the wheel or properly notice traffic signs and changing traffic lights. Finally, failing to respond to stopped traffic, red lights, or stop signs can cause rear end accident collisions.

Bring a Personal Injury Claim against the Person who Injured You

If you are injured in a rear end collision, you may have a claim for damages against the person operating the vehicle that struck you. In this claim, you will need to show that the other party did not operate his or her vehicle in the same way that a prudent and careful driver would have if he or she was facing a similar situation. In general, reasonable drivers pay attention to the road, refrain from distracted driving activities, obey traffic laws, and aren’t intoxicated when they’re behind the wheel. One of the best ways to go about establishing liability in your claim is to obtain a copy of any police reports prepared in response to the crash. The report will often indicate who is at fault and the sequence of events leading up to the crash as well as any traffic violations. In a rear end accident, the person driving the vehicle in the rear is almost always presumed to be at-faut for failing to keep a safe distance and to pay attention.

There are a wide variety of damages that you can claim from the at-fault driver. This includes past and future estimated damages, missed earnings, reduced earning capacity, disfigurement or paralysis, and reduced quality of life. Your loved one may have a claim for loss of consortium to compensate him or her for the impact that the accident has had on his or her life, as well.

Schedule a Consultation with an Accident Lawyer in Massachusetts

Motorcycle accidents are often life-altering and incredibly stressful regardless of how severe the outcome may be. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C. are available to serve clients in areas around Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, and Peabody. We offer a free consultation to discuss your situation and to determine whether we can assist you with asserting your rights. Call the lawyers are our office today at  (800) 262-9200 or contact us online to get started.

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