Motorcycle Accident Common Causes
If you live in Boston, Massachusetts, you are riding your motorcycle in some of the worst traffic in the United States. According to a study conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Boston drivers are stuck in traffic twenty hours longer per year than the average American.
With more cars on the road, there will inevitably be more wear and tear on the roadways, increasing the likelihood of driving on dangerous roads or through road construction zones. Simultaneously, your accident risks increase in bad traffic where drivers are stressed, speeding, or distracted. Boston is listed in the top ten cities of the Freeway Commuter Stress Index, so these are common problems for our region.
Whatever the details of your motorcycle crash may be, it could be useful to learn about motorcycle accident common causes to determine if you have a case against the other driver. In order to have a case, the other driver will need to have been more negligent than you were.
Common Boston Motorcycle Accident Causes
- Speeding – If the other driver was speeding, it could greatly influence the amount of negligence assigned to him or her, and you would consequently be more likely to receive compensation for your injuries. If you were speeding but that was not the primary cause of the wreck, you could still receive compensation, but it will be reduced by the percentage of negligence assigned to you.
- Cut Off – If you were cut off as a car came into your lane, the other driver would most likely be found negligent. However, he or she may try to make a case claiming that you were not following the rules of the road and contributed to the accident as well. This is why it is important to work with an attorney who has investigative resources that can be applied to your case in order to gather the facts proving your side of the story.
- Distracted Driver – Being hit by a driver that did not see you is cause to sue the distracted driver. Distracted driving is on the rise with people using their cell phones and other devices while behind the wheel. The distracted driver is almost certain to be responsible for the majority of fault in these cases.
- Defective Motorcycle Part – The manufacturers of both your bike and any after-market parts have a duty to produce quality products that are safe. If a defective part leads to your motorcycle wreck, you could sue the manufacturer for compensation. This may involve investigating the manufacturer’s safety history and whether a recall should have been issued.
- Dangerous Road – The government has a responsibility to maintain the roads. If your accident was caused by a pothole or some other dangerous road condition, you could sue the government agency responsible for maintaining the roadway. When suing a government agency, you’ll need to file an initial claim within two years of the accident, instead of the usual three.
Work with a Boston Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Regardless of what caused your motorcycle accident, your best course of action is to work with a knowledgeable Boston attorney from the Law Offices of Joel H. Schwartz. Our lawyers will help you gather evidence and build a case that successfully demonstrates how the other driver’s negligence caused your accident.
If you would like to discuss the details of your case, call today. You can get the help you need to file a lawsuit by contacting us at 617-742-1170.