Motorcycle accidents injure or kill nearly 100,000 people each year, and unfortunately, that number is on the rise. In roughly two-thirds of these accidents, the fault lies with the drivers of passenger vehicles, who are negligent in checking for the presence of riders or otherwise fail to see the motorcycles. Due to the comparatively limited protections of motorcyclists, the injuries suffered by riders in these accidents can be severe, with lengthy recoveries and overwhelming medical costs.
Boston attorney Tom Kiley has been an avid rider and motorcycle enthusiast, and has been practicing law for more than 40 years. He is knowledgeable about the needs of motorcycle riders, because he is one. The lawyers at Kiley Law Group are dedicated advocates for the rights of motorcycle accident victims. We understand the unique challenges faced by injured motorcyclists, and we fight hard for fair compensation for injury victims and their families. Because many motorcycle accidents result in the death of the rider, we understand the extreme sensitivity and care these cases require. If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident that may have been the result of another’s carelessness, please call us today at 888-979-9323 for your free consultation with an experienced attorney.
Whether you drive a car or motorcycle, it is of the utmost importance that we all do what we can to create a safe environment for those on the road. Sharing the road can help to prevent accidents and decrease the injuries and fatalities that occur due to the recklessness of drivers. Here are some tips for car drivers and motorcyclists:
For Car Drivers
Check all mirrors and blind spots to locate any motorcycles on the road, especially when changing lanes and at intersections, keeping in mind that they may be closer to your vehicle than they appear.
Don’t follow too closely! Motorcycles can slow down without activating their break light, so allow at least three to four seconds of following distance.
Take a moment to observe and understand the motorcycle and driver: most motorcyclists adjust their position within a lane to avoid adverse wind or road debris. Also, if you notice a lingering turn signal, don’t be alarmed; the driver may have forgotten to manually turn it off.
Dress for visibility and safety.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation created the SEE system for road safety: Search, Evaluate and Execute. Use this method to assess road conditions and look for potential threats.
Know the ins and outs of the vehicle and evaluate the vehicle each time you take it out on the road.
Follow the law and the behaviors of cars on the road.
For additional information on motorcycle collisions, including steps to take after an accident, please click the links that follow.
Motorcycle Accident Basics
Motorcycle Accidents and Insurance
Types of Motorcycle Accident Cases
- Motorcycle Part Defects and Recalls
- Broadside Motorcycle Accidents
- Defective Road Signs and Motorcycle Accidents
- Dirt Bike Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accident Victims
- Failure-to-Yield Motorcycle Accidents
- Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accidents
- Intersection Motorcycle Accidents
- Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents
- Single Motorcycle Accidents
- Sideswipe Motorcycle Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents Resulting in Wrongful Death
Motorcycle Accident Resources
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
First, and most importantly, contact the authorities and receive any emergency medical treatment necessary. Do not admit fault for the accident to the police or your insurance company, but exchange your insurance and contact information with other involved drivers. If possible, collect contact information for any witnesses, and take photos or video of the accident scene and resulting injuries.
The Kiley Law Group encourages accident victims who suffered injuries to discuss their situation with an attorney as soon as possible, even before contacting their insurance providers. Initial settlements offered by insurance companies are often inadequate for the actual costs associated with motorcycle accidents. Our Boston injury lawyers have an extensive record of success in motorcycle accident cases and helping victims recover the financial security they need. Back To Motorcycle Accident Basics
Motorcycle Accident Causes
Negligent passenger vehicle drivers are the most common source of motorcycle accidents. In about 70 percent of all collisions, passenger vehicle drivers say they did not see the motorcyclist. Other factors in motorcycle accidents may include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
Most motorcycle accidents are preventable with attentive driving. Sadly, motorcycle accidents result in a higher rate of severe injuries and fatalities than accidents that involve only passenger vehicles. Back To Motorcycle Accident Basics
Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists rarely walk away from crashes unharmed, and the injuries can be life-changing for victims and their families. Severe and catastrophic injuries common in motorcycle accidents include:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Amputation injuries
- Burn injuries
These injuries result in significant medical expenses, and may require long-term rehabilitation and care. If you or a loved one was hurt in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to discuss your case with an attorney who understands these types of collisions and their financial impacts. Back To Motorcycle Accident Basics
Compensation in Motorcycle Accident Cases
Compensation varies widely in motorcycle accident claims and depends on a number of factors, including the circumstances of the accident and the severity of the injuries. Generally, motorcycle accident victims may pursue compensation for related damages including:
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
In the event of wrongful death, you may be entitled to additional damages including funeral and burial expenses, and loss of companionship. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have more than three decades of experience in motorcycle accident cases, and we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of accident victims in that time. Back To Motorcycle Accident Basics
Choosing a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Hiring the right attorney is critical in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident. You want an attorney with knowledge of the costs associated with injury treatment and recovery; one who won’t settle for less than fair compensation; and one who understands the challenges often faced by motorcyclists when trying to recover they financial security they need to restore their lives.
Boston attorney Tom Kiley has been an avid motorcycle rider for more than 20 years, and has owned and ridden several types of bikes from custom Harleys to high-performance sports bikes. At the Kiley Law Group, our lawyers are proud to stand up for motorcycle accident injury victims and their families. Back To Motorcycle Accident Basics
Bad Faith Insurance
Insurance companies act in bad faith when they deny, devalue or delay claims without cause or for unreasonable lengths of time. Bad faith can be a factor in motorcycle accident settlement offers, in which insurance providers seek ways to limit fair payment to injury victims.
Examples of bad faith include denying the validity of a claim; refusing to pay the full value of the claim; taking an unreasonable span of time to pay or deny a claim; failing to investigate a claim in a timely, thorough and objective manner; and refusing to authorize medical treatment covered by a policy. If you already filed an accident claim with your insurance company and believe you may be a victim of bad faith, please contact the Kiley Law Group today for your free consultation with a knowledgeable attorney. Back to Motorcycle Accidents and Insurance
Accidents with Uninsured or Underinsured Drivers
As in other states, Massachusetts drivers are required to purchase a minimum level of auto insurance. But some drivers still hit the road without insurance, or carry inadequate insurance to cover damages that may result from a motorcycle accident. In fact, many motorcyclists add uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage to their plans to further protect themselves in the event of a collision.
If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, or if you’re seeking help with a UM/UIM claim, please contact the Kiley Law Group for a free consultation. We can guide you through this challenging process and help you pursue the financial peace of mind you and your family need. Back to Motorcycle Accidents and Insurance
Motorcycle Part Defects and Recalls
Although most motorcycle accidents are the result of driver negligence, defective bikes and recalled parts can also play a role in collisions and their resulting injuries. Design defects, manufacturing errors or failure to warn of product hazards can all contribute to accidents and harm to innocent riders.
When defective products are to blame, the manufacturers may be held liable for medical expenses and other damages. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident that you suspect is linked to a defective or recalled part, the attorneys at the Kiley Law Group are ready to hear your story; please contact us for a free consultation. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Broadside Motorcycle Accidents
Also called “T-bone accidents,” broadside collisions are an especially frightening prospect for motorcyclists, who bear the brunt of the impact. Broadside accidents often result in catastrophic injuries or death to riders.
Even when motorcyclists survive a T-bone accident, the injuries can be life-changing and leave victims and their families faced with overwhelming medical costs. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have extensive experience in motorcycle accident cases, including those that result in severe injuries. We have recovered more than $300 million on behalf of injury victims, and we can help you pursue the financial security you and your family need to move forward with your lives. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Defective Road Signs and Motorcycle Accidents
For motorcycle riders, a defective or missing road sign can be a matter of life and death. Inadequate warnings of hazardous roads or other dangerous conditions can limit a rider’s ability to anticipate and avoid those threats.
Related accidents are may be due to unmarked railroad crossings, poorly marked construction zones, lack of warning of known road hazards such as potholes or debris, malfunctioning traffic signals, or missing or illegible road signs. As accidents that stem from defective or missing road signs often involve the federal, state or municipal governments, it’s advisable to discuss your circumstances with an attorney who can help you pursue fair compensation. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Dirt Bike Accidents
As dirt bikes become more popular, accidents involving these off-road vehicles become more frequent. As with other types of motorcycles, the injuries sustained by riders in these accidents can be severe.
Dirt bike accidents are often caused by operator negligence, or the negligence of a passenger vehicle driver. But these crashes can also be due to defective bikes or faulty components. If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a dirt bike crash that may have been caused by another’s carelessness, please contact the Kiley Law Group today for your free consultation. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Drunk Driving Accident Victims
Over 40 percent of all fatal accidents involve alcohol consumption, and on average a drunk driver will operate a vehicle while intoxicated a staggering 87 times before being caught. Those are scary numbers, but not nearly as frightening as what a motorcyclist feels when an oncoming car drifts over into his or her lane.
Drunk driving accidents are entirely preventable, and those who suffer the worst injuries—or death—are often the innocent victims. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group are proud to advocate for drunk driving accident victims from across Massachusetts. We’re here to help you recover the compensation you need to cope with medical expenses and restore your life. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Failure-to-Yield Motorcycle Accidents
Failure to yield the right-of-way is a common factor in motorcycle accidents, and it is often linked to another form of driver negligence, such as distracted driving. These types of collisions can result in life-altering injuries to motorcyclists, who may be unprepared or unable to respond to a passenger vehicle failing to yield.
The Kiley Law Group has a proven record of success in motorcycle accident cases, and we have the resources to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your accident to help you seek just compensation for your injuries. If you were hurt or a loved one died in a motorcycle accident that may have been caused by another driver’s negligence, please contact us for your free consultation with one of our knowledgeable lawyers. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accidents
Hit-and-run accidents can be especially devastating because they can leave victims injured, facing astronomical medical bills, and feeling like they have nowhere to turn. Although recovering damages in these cases can be challenging, there are options, and the Kiley Law Group is here to help.
Hit-and-run accident victims need experienced legal representation to investigate the crash and pursue all possible avenues for compensation. Our attorneys have successfully represented a number of hit-and-run accident victims, and we can guide you through this difficult time, allowing you and your family to focus on regaining your quality of life. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Intersection Motorcycle Accidents
Most motorcyclists learn early in their riding careers that intersections are among the most dangerous places, and one of the most common sites for motorcycle accidents. Riders are understandably cautious when approaching intersections, especially when the lights are about to change. In densely populated areas like Boston, however, drivers often run red lights, and this is the most common cause of intersection accidents.
Drivers who run red lights or fail to properly yield the right-of-way in intersections can be held liable for the damages they cause. Making matters worse is the fact that riders are often struck from the side in these accidents, which can lead to severe or catastrophic injuries. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, it’s a good idea to talk to an attorney as soon as possible; time is of the essence in investigating your claim, and you have a limited window of opportunity known as a statute of limitations to seek damages. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents
The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have seen the devastation rear-end motorcycle accidents can cause, and we understand the support victims need to get their lives back on track. Rear-end accidents are almost always the fault of the driver who struck the fore vehicle from behind. Because of the limited protection motorcyclists have, they are especially vulnerable to severe injuries in rear-end collisions.
The injuries suffered in rear-end accidents can incur enormous medical expenses and long-term rehabilitation. We understand the costs associated with these injuries, and our attorneys can fight for the financial security you need while allowing you to focus on restoring your life. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Single Motorcycle Accidents
Accidents involving a single motorcycle can still result in severe injuries and significant property damage, and they are not always the fault of the rider. Single motorcycle accidents may be caused by the negligent actions of another driver who escapes unscathed, defective motorcycle parts, or inadequate warnings of road hazards.
If you or a loved one was hurt in a single motorcycle accident that was not due to operator error, please contact the attorneys at the Kiley Law Group for a free consultation. We can discuss the circumstances of your crash and help you understand your options for pursuing compensation for your injuries. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Sideswipe Motorcycle Accidents
A sideswipe accident occurs when the side of one vehicle strikes the side of another, causing one or both vehicles to lose control. Because motorcycle riders are exposed, these injuries often result in severe injuries or death. Sideswipe accidents are a particular risk when a vehicle is changing lanes or merging, or the driver is distracted by texting or something else.
The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have more than 30 years of experience representing accident injury victims, and we have recovered more than $300 million for our clients. As motorcycle enthusiasts, we understand that riders can face an uphill battle in gaining fair compensation for their injuries. If you were hurt in a motorcycle wreck caused by another’s negligence, please contact us today for a no-cost consultation. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents Resulting in Wrongful Death
The sad truth is that accidents involving motorcycles result in a higher rate of fatalities than collisions involving passenger vehicles, and the victims are most often motorcyclists. When the accident was caused by a negligent driver, a victim’s family can be left facing medical and funeral expenses, as well as lost income and other damages.
Our attorneys understand that no amount of compensation can make up for your loss, but we can help you recover the financial security you and your family need to move forward with your loves. Damages in wrongful death cases can include money for medical costs, funeral and burial expenses, loss of income, loss of benefits, and loss of companionship. Please contact us for a free consultation with one of our accomplished lawyers. Back To Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Massachusetts Motorcycle Laws and Safety
Massachusetts has specific regulations related to motorcycle brakes, mufflers, horns, lights, warning systems and other equipment. The state also has strict helmet laws that require every motorcycle operator and passenger to wear protective head gear.
Massachusetts additionally requires motorcyclists to carry compulsory liability insurance, and to have their bikes inspected annually. Following the rules of the road and adhering to state motorcycle regulations can help protect your ability to seek compensation in the event of an accident. Back To Accident Resources
Massachusetts Motorcycle Repair Shops
For a list of respected motorcycle repair shops in the Boston area and beyond, please see our Local Repair Shops page. Back To Accident Resources
Loud Pipes Save Lives
The concept of Loud Pipes Save Lives is controversial for bikers and non-motorcyclists alike. Many people believe it is a marketing ploy by motorcycle accessory manufacturers, and some consider it noise pollution. But the truth is that most passenger vehicle drivers in motorcycle crashes claim they never say the motorcycle.
Loud pipes help bikers overcome this visibility obstacle by letting other vehicles on the road know they’re there. The goal of Loud Pipes Save Lives is improved safety and awareness of motorcycles, which is done by literally giving the motorcycles a voice on the road.
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Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Although statistics are of little comfort to accident victims and their families, they can be helpful for helping us understand the scope of accidents at the local, state and national levels. They can help us address the causes of accidents and improve safety measures, and help us direct resources appropriately to prevention.
According to recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- Motorcycle accidents result in more than 85,000 injuries and 4,000 fatalities annually
- Motorcyclists and their passengers are 25 times more likely to die in an accident than passenger vehicle occupants
- Head injuries are the leading cause of death in all fatal motorcycle accidents
- Riders who don’t wear a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury than those who wear helmets
- More than 40 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve a passenger vehicle turning left while the motorcyclist was traveling straight
Contact Our Boston Motorcycle Accident Attorneyneys
The Kiley Law Group is dedicated to helping motorcycle accident victims and their families recover fair compensation for their injuries and restore their lives. If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident that was the result of another’s carelessness, please call us today at 888-979-9323. Consultations are always free, and our attorneys never charge for our services unless we collect on your behalf.
“I was very surprised at the care and understanding they have for me and my case. They go out of their way to make sure everything was right, the way I wanted it, and that I understand possible outcomes.”
– Jaime Brown, Client