Riding a motorcycle is a popular activity at this warmer time of year. Many motorcycle enthusiasts here in Massachusetts delight in the sense of freedom they get from riding their motorbikes. However, this fun mode of transportation carries additional risks that other motorists simply do not face. Even when a motorcyclist takes all proper precautions, he or she is still susceptible to serious injury and even fatality during any kind of auto accident. A recent accident that seriously injured one motorcycle rider shows the potential danger all too well.
Police say that the crash happened on a recent afternoon on a state route. A motorcyclist was heading south when, according to authorities, he was struck by a car turning left. A police sergeant reported that the driver of the car claimed not to have seen the motorcycle right away, but tried to avoid a collision by speeding up upon spotting the motorbike.
The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. The driver of the car did not attempt to leave the scene of the crash and was reportedly cooperative. Authorities have charged the driver with a stop sign violation and failure to yield. Officers also say that the driver of the car was not intoxicated at the time of the collision.
No matter the outcome of the criminal charges, the motorcyclist could decide to file a civil claim against the driver of the car. If such a claim was successful, it could result in monetary damages that could be used to offset any costs resulting from the auto accident. An experienced Massachusetts attorney could be a useful resource in navigating civil litigation, giving the plaintiff the best chance at a favorable outcome.