Massachusetts sees thousands of motorcycle accidents every year. These accidents almost always result in serious injury, and as a result, 15 percent of all car accident deaths in Massachusetts involves a motorcycle.
In the eyes of the state, motorcycle riders bear the brunt of liability in most of these accidents. Goldberg & Weigand, LLP has called Hyannis our home for over 25 years and know how motorcycle accidents impact people’s lives around here.
If you want a legal team, who understands motorcycle accidents and the people who ride them, call Goldberg & Weigand, LLP today.
Why do Massachusetts insurance companies blame the motorcyclist?
Cars and trucks typically don’t give motorcycle riders enough space to ride. Driver ignorance makes motorcycles more dangerous to ride, even if the Motorcyclist has a clean driving record. This reality gives insurance companies an excuse to offer high-rate motorcycle policies and make riders bear the liability.
Through media and pop culture portrayal, motorcycles have a reputation of irresponsibility. Motorcycles drive at high speeds next to hulking, metal vehicles — which make them dangerous for the get-go. The fact is most motorcycle riders are safe and put time into making sure they ride safe.
Despite this, insurance companies and the state still put the burden on riders.
Get your bills paid for Your Accident
A motorcycle accident frequently results in severe injury or permanent disfigurement. Your medical costs will continue to pile up and won’t settle until the case is resolved. PIP laws in Massachusetts will not cover motorcycle accidents because of high risk. That’s why you’ll need a separate motorcycle accident policy to cover all damages. Additionally, health insurance will need to cover all medical bills.
Massachusetts’ no-fault laws force parties in an accident to share blame in a crash. To gain compensation for your injuries, you’ll need to share less than 50 percent of the fault. If that’s the case, you will earn a certain amount of compensation. When the at-fault driver is uninsured, your payment comes from UIM coverage on your motorcycle accident policy.
Your motorcycle accident case won’t always go that smoothly. In most cases, you’re going to hit plenty of obstacles with the insurance company.
What is the statute of limitations to receive compensation in Massachusetts?
The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in Massachusetts is three years. Keep in mind that accident must be documented at the time, or else the claim can’t go anywhere.
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, call 911 and a motorcycle accident attorney right away. The longer you wait to file the claim, the more you risk losing crucial evidence that could solidify your claim. Call Goldberg & Weigand, LLP in Hyannis today and know your options going forward.
Dealing with insurance companies is a tedious experience
Insurance companies would not stay in business if they paid out every single claim brought forth to them. The dictionary defines “insurance” as:
“Practice or arrangement by which a company or government agency provides a guarantee of compensation for specified loss, damage, illness, or death in return for a payment of a premium.”
So clearly, an insurance company doesn’t do what they claim to be. It’s a sad fact, and it’s why our firm stays in business fighting these companies to pay out proper compensation.
Insurance companies will use several tactics and tricks to weasel out of paying. Don’t fall prey to these dirty practices. Make sure you retain a top-flight motorcycle accident attorney to act on your behalf.
You need compensation for your injuries
Falling off a motorcycle will result in some damage, no matter how much protective equipment you wear. Some of the common accident scenarios you’ll find with a motorcycle are as follows:
- The direct collision between the motorcycle and vehicle/payment
- A motorcycle can’t stay upright in an accident
- Heavy cars crushing light motorcycles
- Car blind spots don’t pick up motorcycles
Additionally, obstructions on the road will present hazards for motorcycles. Things like potholes, foreign objects, and puddles commonly cause a bump for cars. For motorcycles, they can cause serious accidents.
What are the common motorcycle injuries?
Motorcycle accidents result in severe injuries. Rarely does a rider walk away from a crash scot-free. These injuries arising from these accidents can be as follows:
- Road Rash: Even in the case of a low-speed collision, a rider can have their exposed skin brushed by asphalt. These abrasions come off as second or third-degree burns, also known as road rash.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Injuries to the spinal cord can result in paralysis, nerve loss, and even death. These can happen during awkward falls or collisions with vehicles/guardrails.
- Head Injuries: Your skull can only handle so much trauma. A meeting with the asphalt goes beyond the limitations your skull can protect. Always wear a helmet when you ride, even if the law doesn’t make you.
- Broken Bones: Sudden, high-speed impact with the ground can lead to broken bones. The common bone injuries we see for motorcycle accidents are collarbones, the femur, and the ribcage.
Call a Cape Cod Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today!
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, you don’t need anyone to tell you how difficult the situation is.
Your medical bills are piling up, you’re missing more time out of work, and the pain you’re suffering can’t have a price tag put on it. The good news is you don’t have to go about this case alone.
Goldberg & Weigand, LLP have been advocating for the people of Hyannis for over 25 years. Don’t let the big insurance companies push you around with your motorcycle accident.
Call our Hyannis office 24 hours a day at 508-775-9099 for a free, confidential consultation.