Motorcyclists Injured by Drunk Drivers
Drunk driving accidents can be devastating and can leave victims dealing with painful injuries and expensive medical bills. Although any type of drunk driving accident is a tragedy, accidents involving motorcyclists can be particularly serious, due to the lack of protection that a motorcycle offers. Drunk driving accidents also typically happen at high speeds or in a reckless manner because the impaired driver is not aware of what is happening around him or her. The Massachusetts motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates, P.C. proudly represent motorcyclists injured by drunk drivers. Contact us as soon as possible to start learning about your right to compensation and decide whether you should pursue legal action.Drunk Driving Accidents in Massachusetts
The rules that apply to drunk driving accidents are mostly the same regardless of the type of victim who is involved in the crash. Driving under the influence is against the law in Massachusetts. It is defined as operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or more. A drunk driver may face criminal prosecution for his or her conduct, but a victim of the accident can still bring a civil action to seek compensation for any injuries and property damage that occurred as a result of the accident.
Motorcyclists are particularly susceptible to a few specific types of car accidents, due to the small profile of a motorcycle. It can be harder to see a motorcycle when crossing an intersection, merging onto a highway, or changing lanes. This is especially true when a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. At a high speed, a driver who notices a motorcycle at the last minute does not have the appropriate faculties to react to the situation quickly and safely. This usually results in a devastating crash.Claims by Motorcyclists Injured by Drunk Drivers
The first step in recovering compensation is to file a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver. In this lawsuit, your attorney will aim to show that the driver failed to use reasonable care and skill when operating a motor vehicle and that your injuries happened as a direct result of that failure. A reasonably prudent driver would not operate a motor vehicle while under the influence. It is usually a good idea to offer evidence from a police report, eyewitness testimony, or other evidence establishing that the driver of the vehicle was drunk at the time of the crash.
The next step is to show that you would not have been injured but for the defendant’s driving while intoxicated. If there is some other factor that caused your injuries, such as another driver who was involved in the accident or potentially your own negligence, you may face obstacles in recovering compensation. It is important to review your case and the evidence available to determine whether any of these issues may come up during the litigation.
Motorcyclists injured by drunk drivers can recover compensation for any damages directly related to the crash, including medical bills and missed wages. They can also seek compensation for future estimated damages that they will continue to incur as a result, such as continuing medical treatment and reduced earning capacity. Many motorcycle accidents result in devastating injuries like traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, severe road rash, and paralysis. Ensuring that you have the compensation that you need to afford the ongoing effects of the accident is essential to your ability to cope with this situation.Meet with a Compassionate Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Massachusetts
Motorcycle accidents are sudden and traumatic, and they often have long-lasting consequences. You deserve a compassionate attorney who will provide you with thorough and responsive legal counsel so that you can focus on recovering physically and psychologically from your injuries. The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates, P.C. assists victims in Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, and Peabody, as well as the surrounding areas. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online today.