Because of irresponsible habits like distracted driving and driving under the influence of alcohol, prescription medications and cannabis/THC products, we continue to see an increase in tragic motorcycle accident claims coming into our Dussault & Zatir law offices throughout Southcoast, Southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Motorcycle accidents can happen in hectic highway areas like Insterstate-195 / Route 24 through Fall River, the Route 6 / Route 10 merge in Providence and Cranston, or cruising through busy city streets like Route-18 in New Bedford.
Tope Three Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
With a smaller profile compared to other vehicles, and unprotected environment, a biker is far more likely to suffer an accidental death or serious catastrophic injury when involved in any type of collision with a car or truck. It’s common to see the victim of a motorcycle accident come out with life-altering injuries like paralysis, traumatic brain injury and serious internal injuries. These are the top 3 motorcycle accident causes to watch out for while you enjoy your rides this season.
Distracted Driving – Our roads and highways through cities like New Bedford, Providence and Taunton are full of distracted drivers. Despite state law enforcement’s efforts like Rhode Island’s new “Hands-free Law”, drivers young and old are using their smartphones to multitask behind the wheel. This has led to an increase in car accidents, auto-pedestrian accidents, auto-bicycle accidents and of motorcycle accidents. A simple lane change while distracted can be life-changing or even deadly to an unnoticed biker.
Cars Making Left-Hand Turns – 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 motorcycle 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.
Be A Responsible Biker: Ride Sober, Ride Defensively and Wear a Helmet
To help avoid motorcycle accidents it is important to ALWAYS ride sober, ride defensively and it cannot be emphasized enough that you make sure you and your passengers are always wearing protective helmets. It may not be the law in every state, but it’s common sense for safety. Make sure to check out the helmet laws in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
It is recommended to be sure to choose a helmet meeting the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218. If you see the DOT symbol on the outside back of the helmet, it is certified that the helmet meets the DOT standard. A DOT certified motorcycle helmet will also have a permanent inside label identifying the manufacturer.
Contact An Experienced Massachusetts & Rhode Island Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a family member have been left with injuries after a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, please don’t hesitate to contact us to speak with an experienced motorcycle injury attorney. Dussault & Zatir P.C. has lawyers on call at +1-800-542-4LAW to answer your personal injury questions. We have 30 years of experience handling such cases and have consistently achieved big, successful and fast results. We know what you are going through and what you need. 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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