The beauty of the North Shore is appreciable on a motorcycle, as are the winding roads and forests of the Merrimack Valley. We share the roads of Massachusetts, but do we share them fairly? A recent horrific accident in Newburyport shows how especially unfair and grave the roads of New England can be for motorcyclists.
A tragic night ride
Motorcyclists are vulnerable on the road, and not all drivers act like their actions can have severe consequences. According to WCVB reports, a Lynn motorcyclist was fatally injured after three separate vehicles struck him. The other drivers sustained injuries, though none deemed life-threatening.
Safe driving cannot stop fatal interactions
Motorcyclists may receive cultural stigmas about their driving or safety, but this night in Newburyport, the reports suggest the rider shared no fault in the accident. He drove on the road and occupied a lane, and while invisible to the other parties, he did not cause the multi-car accident. This is just another example of how motorcyclists can wear all manner of protective clothing and helmets, and operate with road safety in mind, but no amount of gear or safe driving can prevent injury from a high-speed collision.
Complex accident, complex questions
Complicated Massachusetts cases like this one can generate more questions than answers on fault and negligence. The driver who initially struck the motorcyclist said she had to swerve to avoid a collision. Was she negligent? Did she do what any other driver would do on I-95? What about the other two vehicles? Did they drive at a reasonable speed and brake safely? These frequent questions often lead to litigation, which requires the Massachusetts courts to parse out liability in complicated multi-vehicle accidents, like this one.
Help is available
Complex cases call for compassionate and knowledgeable assistance. An attorney can be an invaluable guide and help discuss your potential claim, if you or a loved one are involved in a motorcycle collision. If you are dealing with trauma, you should take time to focus on your recovery, and you do not have to deal with insurance companies or all the questions alone.