This past weekend’s tragic motorcycle accident in Taunton, Massachusetts, which took the life of a 24-year old father is yet another reminder to “look twice, save a life”. The Taunton Police conducted an investigation at the scene determining that the motorcyclist was going south on School Street when he struck a MINI Cooper which was making a left turn as he was attempting to pass it on the left. He was taken to Morton Hospital with serious injuries and was later pronounced dead. The 18-year-old Taunton woman who was driving the car reported no injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Motorcycle Accident Fatalities In Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island the majority of motorcycle accident deaths are caused by collisions with other vehicles. We continue to see an increase in these accidents due to factors like distracted driving and drunk/drugged drivers. Due to their unprotected environment, a motorcycle rider is far more likely to suffer serious catastrophic injury or wrongful death when involved in an accident. These fatal motorcycle accidents can happen anywhere, but the dangers increase on busy highways like Insterstate-195 through Fall River, Insterstate-95 or strips like Route 6 from New Bedford through Dartmouth or Bald Hill Road in Warwick.
Avoid These Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Cars Making Left-Hand Turns – This is the very situation that caused the fatal motorcycle accident in Taunton.This dangerous situation for motorcyclists occurs when a car is making a left-hand turn at an intersection or onto a street. The driver of the car is likely trying to time things with the vehicles on both sides of the street and fails to see the smaller profile of the motorcycle. These collisions account for more than a third of all accidents involving a motorcycle and car.
Head-On Collisions – In the vast majority of motorcycle accidents, the car strikes the motorcycle from the front. These accidents often happen when a distracted driver fails to see the biker making a left turn at an intersection of onto a street. Head-on collisions between a car and motorcycle are all too common and often fatal to the motorcyclist.
Lane Changing – These types of motorcycle accidents happen on both highways and multi-lane roads. The driver of a car or truck fails to see the smaller profile of the motorcycle in their rear-view mirror and proceeds to change lanes, making it nearly impossible to react in time. In many cases this causes a collision or forces the motorcycle to swerve hazardously resulting in loss of control.
Road Hazards – Motorcycles face higher dangers from road hazards than do cars and other vehicles. Things like potholes, dead animals, slick pavement conditions, uneven heights between lanes, wet leaves and other irregularities or unexpected objects in the road can pose a serious safety threat to motorcycles. Many motorcycle accidents are caused when a biker needs to quickly avoid a road hazard and loses balance or collides with another vehicle.
Look Twice, Save a Life!
There’s no such thing as a fender-bender for a motorcyclist. As operators of a motor vehicles we all have a responsibility to help ensure the safety of those with whom we share the highways, rural roads, and city streets. Here in Massachusetts and Rhode Island the roads are filled with bikers most of the year, so we need to avoid distracted driving and ALWAYS look at least twice before changing lanes or making a turn. It could save a life.
D+Z: Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys In Massachusetts & Rhode Island
If you or a family member have been involved in a motorcycle accident resulting in serious and/or catastrophic injury or even death, please contact us to speak with an experienced attorney. Dussault & Zatir P.C. has lawyers on call at +1-800-542-4LAW to answer your personal injury questions. With offices in New Bedford, Fall River and Taunton, Massachusetts, as well as an office in Providence, Rhode Island, if you’ve been injured, our lawyers are here to fight for you.
*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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