Motorcycle accidents occur often on the roads of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, especially when the weather is warm and conducive to riding. However, motorcycles can be dangerous vehicles and riders are far more at risk for fatalities if an accident occurs than the driver of a car. Here are three top causes of motorcycle deaths and what you can do if you’ve lost a loved one due to a wrongful death caused by a motorcycle accident.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury is the number one cause of motorcycle accident deaths. While a motorcycle helmet greatly decreases the chances of a fatal TBI, those who get into a wreck without a helmet are at a much higher risk for a brain injury that leads to death.
Helmet laws differ from state to state, and Massachusetts and New Hampshire both have different helmet laws. In Massachusetts, you must wear a helmet at all times if you are riding a motorcycle or are in a sidecar. In New Hampshire, however, you are only required to wear a helmet if you are under the age of 18. Regardless of the law, wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle can save lives.
Motorcycle accidents often involve a rider and potentially his or her motorcycle to be crushed in between two objects, e.g. the vehicle that hit the rider and another stationary object, such as a tree. Even at low speeds, crush injuries such as this have a high probability of ending in a fatality.
Whether due to internal injuries sustained in the accident or a severe open wound, blood loss can account for many motorcycle accident deaths. If the bleeding is internal, the motorcyclist or even physicians at the hospital may not know until it is too late.
Understanding how a motorcycle accident victim came to pass away as a result of a collision is crucial in proving fault, so it’s important to establish not only the cause of the accident itself, but the cause of death as well. Medical records are an especially important part of a motorcycle case that ended in a fatality.
At Mazow | McCullough, PC, we understand how devastating it is to lose a loved one after a motorcycle crash. We know that life will never be the same for you and your family, and we’re committed to providing you with comprehensive, compassionate legal help during this difficult time. We can help you not only to recover compensation for the financial burdens you’ve had to face after your loved one’s passing, but also help hold responsible the person whose negligence or carelessness caused the accident. Contact us today for a consultation by calling 855-693-9084 or 978-744-8000.