Springfield Motorcycle Accident Lawyer & Crash Attorney
From “I didn’t see him” to “she came out of nowhere” and “the motorcycle was skidding all over the road – it wasn’t my fault,” there are many common excuses offered by drivers who cause motorcycle crashes. The fact is, drivers have a legal duty to drive carefully. This includes being aware of surrounding vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and other roadway situations (speed limits, traffic lights, etc.).
Motorcycle/vehicle crashes often occur because a driver simply was not paying attention to their surroundings. For instance, many motorcycle crashes are the result of drivers failing to check their “blind spot” before making a lane change. When a motorcycle crash occurs, the motorcyclists hit often suffer serious, life-threatening injuries. In some cases, these crashes result in the death of an innocent cyclist.
As Motorcycle Crash Lawyers, We Seek Full Compensation for Those Injured and the Families Who Have Lost a Loved One
We offer a free consultation, and accept motorcycle accident and crashes cases on a contingency fee basis (no legal fee unless compensation is recovered). We also advance all costs of litigation (these costs are normally repaid through a settlement or jury verdict).
As a result, when you retain our firm, you will not need to pay for any legal fees or expenses while your case is ongoing.
We Invite You to Call Us Today for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation
Once we know the details of the crash, we can advise about the types of compensation that may be available from all of those who may bear legal liability for the crash.
Seeking Compensation for a Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle crash, many injury victims wonder how they will be able to pay their medical bills if they are unable to work. Unfortunately, motorcyclists do not have access to the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits that car drivers have, meaning there is no automatic insurance that kicks in to help pay for medical bills and lost wages (however, motorcyclists may be entitled to some medical payments if the cyclist has purchased Medical Payments (or “MedPay” coverage). Therefore, if another person’s negligence or reckless actions cause an accident, seeking a settlement through the insurance carrier for an at-fault driver or fighting in court for damages may be the only means of recovering full compensation (particularly for matters such as lost wages and pain and suffering).
As motorcycle accident lawyers, we will work tirelessly for you in seeking the full compensation to which you deserve. We meticulously investigate accident scenes, interview witnesses, seek to obtain any video that may exist for a crash, and retain experts (including accident reconstructionists) to help prove liability.
When serious or fatal motorcycles crashes occur, we additionally retain physicians or medical professionals, lost wage experts, vocational experts, and others to build the case for full compensation for those injured or the families who have lost a loved one.
We have recovered millions of dollars for clients injured in vehicle-related accidents and for the family members left behind in cases of wrongful death. We are advocates that can fight tenaciously for you – in or out of the courtroom. We understand the worry motorcycle accident victims face who cannot work or pay medical bills, and we are dedicated to helping seek the full compensation possible. Our team is highly familiar with the circumstances, laws, and injuries associated with these claims and can use our decades of experience to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
When you can’t afford to have an insurance carrier delay, deny, or undervalue your claim, call us at (413) 781-0000 to schedule a FREE consultation.
How Are Motorcycle Accidents Commonly Caused?
Almost 100,000 motorcyclists are injured, and nearly 5,000 are killed, in tragic crashes each year. Many of these crashes result from the reckless or negligent conduct of another party.
In Massachusetts, drivers have an obligation to avoid accidents when possible. If an individual fails to follow laws and safely operate a vehicle, the chances of an accident increase, and they may be held liable for any injuries sustained in a collision.
Some of the common causes for motorcycle accidents in Springfield and the surrounding communities, include:
- Drunk Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Reckless Driving
- Running Stoplights of Signs
- Failing to Follow Traffic Laws
- Failure to Check Blind Spots
- Turn Violations
What Should I Do After a Springfield Motorcycle Accident?
After a traumatic motorcycle accident, it is common for individuals to feel stunned and at a loss for what to do. It is always recommended to seek medical attention immediately after an accident. Even if a person does not feel pain or notice any obvious injuries, an adrenaline rush may be camouflaging conditions that will make themselves known later. A doctor can diagnose injuries that may not be readily apparent and file a report that can be used as evidence in a claim.
Successful claims hinge primarily on the amount of evidence that can be compiled. Thus, it is vital to gather as much documentation regarding an accident as possible, including:
- Photographs of skid marks, vehicle and motorcycle damage, weather conditions, and injuries
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of witnesses
- Eyewitness testimonies
- Any other relevant information
When you hire our legal team, we can take care of the investigation process. With over two decades of experience recovering damages for clients, we understand the evidence needed to establish liability.
Can I Collect If My Loved One Died in a Motorcycle Accident?
When a loved one dies, families often struggle with paying for funeral and burial costs and losing income. Often, decedents are the primary income earners, and, after passing, spouses and children may be left with little or no financial support. In situations such as these, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide much needed monetary relief.
Massachusetts has detailed laws concerning which family members are entitled to compensation for the death of a loved one, as well as the types of compensation that may be recoverable (such as loss of companionship and lost wages). These laws are somewhat complex; when we meet with you and learn about the crash, we can explain who is entitled to recover under Massachusetts law, as well as the types of compensation that are recoverable.
What Compensation Can I Get If I Was Injured in A Massachusetts Motorcycle Crash?
Under Massachusetts law, injured motorcycle accident victims are entitled to seek compensation for the full value of their damages, including:
- Medical Bills
- Emergency Room Care
- Ambulance Transport Fees
- Lost Wages
- Motorcycle Repairs or Replacement
- Physical Therapy
- Durable Medical Equipment
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental Distress
- Permanent Disability
- Loss of Limb(s)
- Punitive Damages (in some limited cases involving gross negligence or willful or wanton conduct)
- Other Damages that may be Compensable Under the Law
It’s critical for motorcycle crash victims to understand that they are entitled not only for past damages, but also for future damages that are likely. As an example, if future surgeries are likely, the motorcyclist is entitled to the cost for such surgeries, as well as for lost wages and the associated pain and suffering.
We Offer Compassionate and Tenacious Representation. Let Us Help You! Call Us at (413) 781-0000 to Schedule a Free Consultation.
If you (or a loved one) were injured due to someone else’s negligence and want to seek compensation, it can be critical to have experienced attorneys by your side who are willing to fight for your rights and full compensation. Call today to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can work tirelessly to build your case and establish liability so you can collect the maximum amount possible.
 Traffic Safety Facts, NHTSA, https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812353.
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