Last week’s motorcycle accident death of a 37 year old New Bedford area Whaling City Youth Baseball League coach is a tragedy to say the least. This should also serve as yet another stark reminder to bikers and drivers alike to stay alert, avoid distracted driving and be aware out on our Massachusetts highways and roads.
Ride To Live, Live To Ride (Defensively)
As a motorcyclist you MUST practice defensive riding. Use extra caution at all times, and always assume that all vehicles around you are being operated by distracted drivers. Defensive riding is intended to help keep you focused on the road, raise your awareness of your surroundings, and prepare you for a fast reaction to avoid a potentially fatal motorcycle crash.
Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents
- Motorcycles in Head-On Collisions – Crashes involving motorcycles and other vehicles account for the majority of motorcycle accident deaths. Due to the vulnerability of the biker, head-on collisions between a car and motorcycle often result in serious catastrophic injury or death.
- Cars Making Left-Hand Turns – One of the most dangerous situations for motorcyclists occur when cars are making left-hand turns. These collisions account for nearly half of all motorcycle accidents. Usually, the turning car strikes the motorcycle when the motorcycle is: going straight through an intersection, passing the car, or trying to overtake the car.
- Lane Splitting – Lane splitting occurs when a motorcycle drives between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars, usually in traffic jams. This is not legal in Massachusetts, but that doesn’t stop some motorcyclists from the temptation. Lane splitting is a common cause of motorcycle accidents due to the fact that the cars don’t anticipate that any vehicle or motorcycle will be passing them in slowed or stopped traffic.
- Road Hazards – Due to the smaller size and less stable nature of the motorcycle, potholes, dead animals, slick pavement conditions, or uneven heights between lanes may pose a serious safety threat to motorcycles. Take this into consideration when driving near or behind a bike. They may need to react to things that a car driver would never notice.
Contact An Experienced New Bedford Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of a distracted driver please contact The Law Office of Dussault & Zatir to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. We’ll help you to get the compensation that you deserve.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.
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