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Boston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Like many people in Boston, you may like to get around on your motorcycle. Why not? Motorcycles are usually cheaper to fuel and always more fun to ride than cars. However, they can be dangerous, too. That’s not because of you. It’s because many drivers in Boston and throughout Massachusetts don’t know how to share the road with motorcycle riders. They often make bad decisions that lead to devastating accidents.

If a negligent driver recently caused a motorcycle crash that seriously injured you or caused the loss of your loved one, you have the right to demand just compensation. Our Boston motorcycle accident attorneys at Kelly & Associates Injury Lawyers is ready to help you to pursue every cent you are due. Contact us today and get started with a free consultation about your case.

Things You Should Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Boston

You probably never imagined that you would get into a crash on your motorcycle. After all, you may be a safe rider who has always followed Massachusetts motorcycle laws and the rules of the road that apply to all motorists in the Commonwealth. However, now that you are faced with the aftermath of an accident, you should know the following things:

  • You need to get medical attention as soon as possible. If you wait too long to see a doctor, you put your health at risk. You also give insurance companies the chance to assert that your crash did not cause your injuries, or that your injuries are not severe.
  • You should keep all of your receipts and records. If you incur any costs because of your motorcycle accident, you need to keep proof of them. This includes medical bills, bike repairs and all other out-of-pocket expenses.
  • You must be careful with insurance companies. You should report your crash to your insurance company as early as you can. You only need to give the basic facts. You don’t need to accept or assign blame. If any other insurance company calls, you don’t need to talk. In fact, you should simply refer the insurer to your attorney.
  • You should not wait to get legal help. The sooner you have our law firm on your case, the better off you will be in the long run. We can handle communications with the insurance companies, investigate your case, calculate your damages and aggressively pursue all compensation you are due.

In reality, an insurance company won’t want to pay any claim that you file. An insurer may actually try to blame you or your loved one for the crash. They often try to do that to motorcycle accident victims. At Kelly & Associates, we will protect your rights and treat you with the compassion, respect and professionalism that you deserve.

Know Your Rights as a Motorcycle Accident Victim

Unlike car and other vehicle drivers, you do not have the right to file a claim for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits after a motorcycle crash in Boston or elsewhere in Massachusetts. However, if another driver’s negligence caused your accident, you have the right to file a claim against that driver and seek compensation for all of your related medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering and more. If your loved one died in a motorcycle accident that another driver caused, you have the right to file a claim for wrongful death damages, including the loss of your loved one’s support.

You have these rights regardless of whether you were as a motorcycle rider or as a passenger on a motorcycle. In fact, if you suffered injuries as a passenger, you may have the right to bring a claim against the motorcycle operator or the driver of another vehicle or – depending on the facts – both parties. At Kelly & Associates, we will fully investigate your case and identify everyone who should be held liable for your losses.

Keep in mind: Massachusetts requires motorcycle riders and passengers to wear DOT-approved motorcycle helmets and eyeglasses, goggles or a protective face shield if the motorcycle lacks a windscreen or windshield. However, even if you did not wear a helmet, you should be eligible to recover compensation if a negligent driver caused your crash. If an insurance company tries to tell you otherwise, it’s just another reason why you will be benefit from having an experienced and aggressive lawyer at your side.

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MEET YOUR LAW GUY MICHAEL D. KELLY, ESQ.

Michael D. Kelly has a diverse background that provides a breadth of legal knowledge that he draws upon in serving his clients. Kelly compiled an excellent academic record during his three years at New England Law in Boston.

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A motor vehicle accident is often a stressful and perhaps traumatic event. Taking a few simple steps following the accident, however, can go a long way in ensuring the handling of your injury claim goes as smoothly as possible.

STEP ONE: Call the Police and Exchange Insurance Information

TOP CAUSES OF MOTORCYCLE CRASHES IN BOSTON

Attorney Michael D. Kelly and our team at Kelly & Associates know that negligent drivers – not motorcyclists – are the cause of most collisions between cars and motorcycles in Boston. Here are just a few of the ways in which drivers fail to share the road safely:

  • Sharing lanes – Motorcyclists have the right to the full width of the lane at all times. But some drivers try to share the lane or pass too closely. They can run motorcycle riders off the road or into fixed objects like guardrails.
  • Following too closely – Drivers should leave at least a three-to-four-second distance between their car and a motorcycle. Motorcycles need room in case they need to stop or swerve to avoid potholes or other obstacles.
  • Failing to signal – Some drivers fail to respect motorcyclists and don’t signal when they turn or merge lanes.
  • Inattentiveness – If they fail to check their mirrors or blind spots, drivers can easily fail to see motorcycles. This is especially true at intersections.
  • Distraction – Drivers can collide with motorcycles when they are more focused on texting or talking on their phones instead of the road.
  • Impairment – Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol leads to bad decisions and careless actions. For instance, a drunk driver may be more likely to try to “beat a red light” or turn directly in front of a motorcycle.

In some crashes, a driver’s negligence is not to blame. Instead, the cause of the crash can be traced to a defective motorcycle part such as faulty brakes, handlebars or wheels, or it can be the result of poorly designed or maintained roads. Rest assured, our investigative team at Kelly & Associates will exhaustively examine your accident and get to the cause of it.

COMMON MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES IN BOSTON

Because they lack structural protection and safety features such as seat belts and air bags, motorcycle riders and passengers in Boston can suffer severe injuries when they collide with cars – even in low-speed crashes.

Motorcyclists frequently suffer injuries in crashes such as:

  • Broken bones – The impact with the car or road often cause hip, elbow, arm, knee, leg or hand fractures.
  • Severe abrasions – The deep cuts suffered in a crash can be difficult to treat and expose a victim to the risk of serious infections due to the material from the roadway becoming embedded in the skin.
  • Traumatic brain injury – Even though a person wears a helmet, they can still suffer concussions and more severe types of TBI in a motorcycle crash.
  • Internal injuries – The body’s systems can be severely injured in a motorcycle accident, with consequences such as organ damage and internal bleeding, which is extremely dangerous and potentially fatal.
  • Spinal cord injury – Depending upon the location of the injury, a rider can suffer permanent physical impairments such as paraplegia or quadriplegia. Even a slipped disc can be debilitating and keep a person out of work.

Our team at Kelly & Associates will gather all of your medical records and consult with medical experts to determine the full extent of your motorcycle accident injuries, your treatment needs and the impact on your ability to work and enjoy life as you move forward. Our goal will be to secure funds that fully and fairly compensate you for all of the injuries and losses you have suffered through no fault of your own.

OUR BOSTON MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS WILL HELP YOU TODAY

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Client service is the hallmark of our legal representation at Kelly & Associates Injury Lawyers. When you work with our law firm after a motorcycle accident in Boston, you can expect to work directly with a lawyer – not an assistant or paralegal – and to have full attention dedicated to your needs and goals.

We also offer every one of our clients our unique 30-day, risk-free guarantee. If you are not satisfied with our representation within 30 days after you hire us, we will return your file to you for no charge and with no strings attached. If you remain our client, we will charge no costs or fees unless we secure a verdict or settlement that benefits you.

You have only a limited period of time to bring a personal injury or wrongful death claim in Massachusetts, so don’t wait to contact us. Call 1-800-LAW-GUYS or reach us online today and get started with a free consultation.