Road Rage Motorcycle Accidents
We have all had experiences in traffic when we feel frustrated, overwhelmed, or aggravated by some factor around us. When these feelings escalate, however, road rage sometimes results. This is usually accompanied by something like yelling, tailgating, aggressive driving, threats, unsafe lane changes, and more. In some instances, a driver’s road rage leads to nothing more than an unpleasant altercation. But in others, it can lead to devastating injuries and even fatalities, particularly for motorcyclists, who are more susceptible to injuries. Massachusetts motorcycle accident lawyer Barry A. Feinstein can assist riders who are injured in road rage motorcycle accidents. Let us help you make sure that you are treated fairly and that you receive the judgment or settlement that you deserve.Road Rage Motorcycle Accidents in Massachusetts
There are countless stories in the media about road rage accidents and how dangerous they can be. In a bustling city like Boston or some of Massachusetts’ other major urban areas, the odds of encountering a furious and out-of-control driver may be higher compared to remote or rural areas. In some cases, pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorists who were not even part of the original dispute that caused someone to become enraged suffer the consequences of these accidents. Motorcycles can be difficult to see compared to regular-sized passenger vehicles, or some drivers may be biased against motorcyclists.
Fortunately, Massachusetts has laws that can help protect victims of road rage, like a law against reckless driving. This includes activities like racing other drivers or excessive speeding. If the person who has road rage is violating any traffic laws during the incident, this can give the police a reason to stop the person if they are in the vicinity while the road rage incident is taking place.Establish Your Right to Compensation
If you were hurt in a road rage motorcycle accident, you can seek compensation in a motorcycle accident lawsuit. This is a type of lawsuit that requires you to show that the person who caused your injuries drove negligently. This is a legal term of art that describes a deviation from the careful and reasonable way in which someone facing the same circumstances would probably have acted. When applied to the roadway, this often means driving carefully, obeying traffic laws, not engaging in distracted driving or intoxicated driving, and not driving in a reckless manner because you are upset at how someone else was driving.
It can be difficult to prove that road rage was to blame for your accident. If you can obtain eyewitness reports or obtain the contact information for anyone who may have seen what happened, it can help bolster your case. A police report is another great way to help establish that the other person was driving in a reckless or careless manner.
You will also need to prove that the driver’s road rage and poor driving decisions were a direct and foreseeable cause of the injuries that you suffered. There could have been some other factor involved in the crash, such as a defective motorcycle component. Consulting with an experienced injury lawyer can help you determine which parties should be brought into the litigation.
When it comes to damages, there are many different categories that may be available to a plaintiff who can prove that a driver’s negligent conduct caused his or her injuries. Some common examples of damages awarded in accident cases include past and future medical bills, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.Consult With a Seasoned Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Massachusetts
Road rage accidents are stressful and scary for a victim. It may be hard for you to get back out on the road once you are healed. Attorney Barry Feinstein and our staff are available to serve motorcycle riders in many areas of Massachusetts, including Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, and Peabody. We understand how important it is for you to receive reliable and thorough legal counsel during this time. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online to get started.