Motorcycle accident data from Massachusetts and throughout the country shows that bikers are riding safely and the greatest threat to them comes from other drivers. The number of single-vehicle motorcycle accidents has declined dramatically since 1990 and three-quarters of all motorcycle accidents now involve a collision with another vehicle, most often a passenger auto.
Most motorcycle crashes occur while the bike is traveling less than 30 mph. About one in a thousand motorcycle accidents occurs when the rider is traveling more than 85 mph.
The main cause of motorcycle accidents in traffic remains auto drivers’ failure to see motorcyclists. If auto drivers heeded the “Look Twice, Save a Life” maxim, there would be far fewer motorcycle accidents.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Massachusetts, you should contact an attorney right away. Under Massachusetts law, motorcycle riders are not entitled to the no-fault Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits that auto drivers receive. Therefore, even if an accident was not their fault, they may have to pay for the costs of their own injuries, if they don’t seek out an attorney to help them.
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