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Finkelstein & Partners, LLP – Winning Serious Injury Lawsuits Since 1959

Motorcyclists love the freedom of the open road. Many people in the Boston area use a motorcycle for transportation or to enjoy touring this beautiful and historic city. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are highly vulnerable when an accident happens. The number of fatal motorcycle crashes in Massachusetts has risen over 50 percent in just two years. Accident victims may suffer shocking personal and financial losses.

The Boston motorcycle accident lawyers at Finkelstein & Partners have the skills and resources to pursue full compensation for injury victims. Founded in upstate New York over 60 years ago, they have grown to represent clients nationwide. While each case is unique and we cannot guarantee results, we have obtained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts.

Finkelstein & Partners: Boston Injury Lawyers

Boston Motorcycle Accident LawyerFor over 60 years, Finkelstein & Partners has been a personal injury law firm that gets results. Founded in upstate New York and now representing clients nationwide, including in Boston, our firm has the team, dedication, and resources to take on the most challenging personal injury cases against the most powerful and well-funded defendants. Our mission in every case is to secure the most money possible for our clients to help them heal from, adapt to, and rebuild after severe injuries caused by someone else’s wrongdoing.

Our track record includes significant results in motorcycle accident cases. Recently, for example, we achieved a $5.9 million settlement for a motorcycle passenger who suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle accident that required multiple surgeries. Of course, we cannot guarantee that all motorcycle accident cases we take will see similar results, but our track record of success does help give our clients some assurance of knowing that we know how to win tough, complicated cases for injured motorcyclists and their families. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.

How Can Our Boston Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Help You?

Once retained, your legal team can:

  • Evaluate your legal claim, determine whether you have a viable case, and discuss your legal options.
  • Answer your questions and concerns about the case and the legal process.
  • Provide you with the legal support you need during this challenging time.
  • Hire expert witnesses, like accident reconstructionists, engineers, doctors, and financial specialists to support your case.
  • Help hold those responsible for your accident accountable for the harm you endured.
  • Handle negotiations with the insurance company.
  • Take your case to trial if necessary.

Identifying All Potentially Liable Parties

To obtain fair compensation, you must identify all potentially at-fault parties.

Each case is unique; however, liable parties may include:

  • Drivers of cars, trucks, and buses who fail to exercise due care while sharing the road with motorcyclists, such as by not yielding the right-of-way.
  • Employers of those drivers, if the motorcycle crash involves a commercial vehicle.
  • Bars, restaurants, and social hosts that serve alcohol to an intoxicated person who subsequently drives drunk and gets into an accident with a motorcyclist.
  • The City of Boston and its contractors, if they fall short of their obligation to design, build, and maintain safe roads for motorcyclists and to warn bikers of potential road hazards, like grooved pavement or gravel, that could cause a loss of control.
  • Manufacturers of motorcycles and after-market parts, if they sell defective products that fail and cause a motorcycle wreck.

Compensation for a Boston Motorcycle Accident

Accidents may result in personal and financial losses. These may be long-term or permanent and extremely damaging to the economic resources of the injured person and their family. The liable parties owe compensation for these injuries and losses. Every Boston motorcycle accident case we handle is unique.

However, in general, a victim’s compensation may include:

  • Current and future medical expenses related to treating a motorcycle crash-related injury or health condition.
  • Other expenditures because of the accident and their injuries.
  • Wages and income they did not, or will not, receive because of their injuries, due to missing time at work, or becoming disabled.
  • Pain, suffering, and overall diminishment of their ability to enjoy life and personal relationships.

Sometimes, in cases involving extreme or outrageous conduct leading to a Boston motorcycle crash, the court awards punitive damages to punish the at-fault party.

The Data on Boston Motorcycle Accidents

Every year in Boston, motorcycle accidents inflict catastrophic and fatal injuries. According to MassDOT, one recent year saw 1,860 motorcycle accidents. Seventy of these involved fatal injuries.

Most motorcyclist fatalities occur:

  • On urban roads (60 percent)
  • In good weather (78 percent)
  • During daylight conditions (50 percent)
  • In crashes involving two vehicles (52 percent)
  • When wearing helmets (58 percent)

Accidents can happen anywhere, but frequent motorcycle accident locations in the Boston area include:

  • The I-93 tunnel under the waterfront and the surface streets above it.
  • The Longfellow Bridge/Charles Street/Cambridge Street interchange near Mass General Hospital.
  • Storrow Drive and Beacon Street in Back Bay.
  • I-93 just south of the Mass Pike.
  • Any in-town four-way intersection, particularly on major thoroughfares like Boylston and Tremont Streets.

What Causes Boston Motorcycle Crashes?

The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of motorists to see and identify motorcycles in traffic. Motorcycles are small vehicles, so obstructions such as other vehicles on the road or even glare may reduce visibility.

The process of obtaining damages for a Boston motorcycle accident usually begins with figuring out what caused the crash. At Finkelstein & Partners, our team of legal professionals digs into the details, often with the help of forensic experts, to determine the root causes of the Boston motorcycle accident that injured our client. Every case potentially involves unique or unusual causes, but we often find that the circumstances of a wreck fall into at least one of the following common categories.

Distracted Drivers

Dialing, scrolling, or typing on a smartphone while operating a motor vehicle (now illegal in the Bay State) constitutes a major contributor to distracted driving. Other distractions like eating and drinking, turning to look at something outside a vehicle, or paying more attention to a GPS than the road ahead also play a role in distracted driving crashes. When distracted, motorists may veer into an oncoming lane or go the wrong way on a one-way street, causing a head-on collision.

Failure to Yield the Right-of-Way to a Motorcyclist

According to MassDOT data, one common cause of Boston motorcycle accidents is a driver failing to yield the right-of-way to a motorcycle at an intersection or when making a turn, especially a left turn across oncoming traffic. Motorcyclists do not have enough time to apply the brakes and come to a controlled stop. They end up sliding into or T-boning the larger vehicle. A rider is often lucky to escape this sort of crash alive and risks suffering severe injuries after getting trapped under or catapulting over the car, truck, or bus.

Left-hand turns usually require several quick judgment calls, such as the speed of oncoming traffic and the amount of time left before a light turns red. Motorists making left-hand turns often have a hard time seeing motorcycles approaching, or they misjudge their speed. These things make left-hand turns incredibly dangerous for bikers.

A Motor Vehicle Makes an Improper Turn or Lane Change While Traveling In the Same Direction as a Motorcycle

Another common scenario for motorcycle wrecks in Boston involves an unpredictable and dangerous maneuver by a car, truck, or bus traveling in the same direction as a motorcycle on a multi-lane road. For example, the vehicle might merge into a lane already occupied by a motorcycle or make a U-turn from the right-hand lane across the motorcycle’s path in the left lane.

Similar to accidents involving a failure to yield the right-of-way, these crashes often result in a motorcyclist sliding under—or colliding with and flying over—the offending car, truck, or bus, with predictably catastrophic results for the biker and any motorcycle passenger.

Defective motorcycle

Defects in designing or manufacturing a motorcycle or its components can lead to a deadly crash.

Hazardous Roads

Due to their size, motorcycles are vulnerable to dangerous road conditions. As a result, loose gravel, uneven payment, poorly lit intersections, debris, defective pavement, and improperly marked curves can cause catastrophic motorcycle accidents.

Boston Motorcycle Crash Injuries

A motorcycle accident in Boston can inflict a wide range of serious and life-threatening injuries. The team at Finkelstein & Partners can help injured riders and their families recover compensation.

Injuries range from minor to catastrophic; however, severe and potentially fatal injuries in motorcycle wrecks include:

  • Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis and loss of bodily function, which often saddles victims and their families with expenses that run into millions of dollars.
  • Traumatic brain injuries can leave riders in comas or semi-conscious states or cause long-term motor, cognitive, and emotional impairments that affect every aspect of a rider’s life. Protective headgear for motorcyclists and their passengers is required under Massachusetts law to reduce the likelihood of a traumatic brain injury. Helmet use reduces motorcycle deaths by 37 percent and head injuries by 69 percent.
  • Road rash injuries often require lengthy hospitalizations and multiple surgeries to repair, threatening victims with potentially deadly infections and leaving behind permanent, discolored scars (which bikers call traumatic tattoos).
  • Crushed limbs often result from motorcycle wrecks in which a rider gets run over or pinned beneath a larger vehicle.
  • Broken bones, dislocated joints, and extensive soft tissue injuries may heal with proper care but still force bikers to deal with chronic pain and limited mobility.

Sometimes, these and other injuries are fatal. In those tragic cases, we can represent families of deceased motorcyclists in wrongful death lawsuits seeking compensation for their losses.

Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit Basics

After an accident, victims want to know whether they can recover money for their losses. To receive compensation, you first must establish that another person’s negligent, intentional, or reckless conduct caused your motorcycle collision. Most motorcycle accidents depend on the theory of negligence.

To establish negligence, you must prove:

  • The liable party owed you a duty of care, such as operating their vehicle safely.
  • The liable party breached their duty of care.
  • This breach was the proximate and direct cause of your injury.
  • You sustained damages from your injury.

Most personal injury cases settle before trial. Often, an insurance company will make an early offer. However, such offers are usually too low to cover your current expenses, not to mention future costs. If you accept the offer, you cannot ask for more money later. Therefore, before accepting an offer from the insurance company, talk to a skilled Boston motorcycle accident lawyer. They can evaluate whether the offer is fair. Then, your attorney can proceed with negotiations and fight for a full and fair settlement.

How Our Team Helps Injured Boston Motorcyclists and Their Families

Boston Motorcycle Accident AttorneyMassachusetts law holds individuals, businesses, and others accountable when their wrongful actions contribute to the cause of a motorcycle wreck. At Finkelstein & Partners, our mission is to secure compensation from anyone responsible for a crash, to help our clients pay for their care, adapt to their injuries, and rebuild their lives.

We Identify and Take Legal Action Against Parties At-Fault for Motorcycle Crashes

No two motorcycle accidents in Boston are the same. They involve unique facts and traumas that impact victims and their families in countless ways. Still, over our 60 years of law practice, the team at Finkelstein & Partners has developed a sense for who might bear the blame—and the potential legal liability—for a preventable motorcycle crash.

It is not always who you might initially suspect, which is why we always put our resources to work to explore all possible causes of an accident so that we can identify all potential at-fault parties who could owe damages to our client.

In any given accident, those might include (for example):

  • Drivers of cars, trucks, and buses who fail to exercise due care while sharing the road with motorcyclists, such as by not yielding the right-of-way.
  • Employers of those drivers, if the motorcycle crash involves a commercial vehicle.
  • Bars, restaurants, and social hosts that serve alcohol to an intoxicated person who subsequently drives drunk and gets into an accident with a motorcyclist.
  • The City of Boston and its contractors, if they fall short of their obligation to design, build, and maintain safe roads for motorcyclists, and to warn bikers of potential road hazards, like grooved pavement or gravel, that could cause a loss of control.
  • Manufacturers of motorcycles and after-market parts, if they sell defective products that fail and cause a motorcycle wreck.

These are just a few examples of parties who might owe compensation to an injured motorcyclist in Boston, or a Boston family mourning the loss of a loved one in a motorcycle accident. Contact Finkelstein & Partners today to learn who might have liability to you for the harm you suffered from a motorcycle crash.

We Take Legal Action Seeking Maximum Damages

Our clients deserve to receive every last dollar of compensation owed to them by the parties at fault for their injuries and losses. At Finkelstein & Partners, we fight to give our clients the best possible shot at recovering that money, so that they can pay their bills, stay afloat, and begin moving forward with their lives.

Every Boston motorcycle accident case we handle is unique, and that extends to the types and amounts of damages our clients may obtain with our help.

In general, though, our efforts for our clients routinely include compensation pursuits for:

  • Their current and future medical expenses related to treating a motorcycle crash-related injury or health condition.
  • Other expenditures they made or will need to make because of the accident and their injuries.
  • Wages and income they did not, or will not, receive because of their injuries, due to missing time at work, or becoming disabled.
  • Their pain, suffering, and overall diminishment of their ability to enjoy life and personal relationships.

Sometimes, our team can also seek an award of punitive damages from the court—payment to our client for an at-fault party’s extreme or outrageous conduct that led to a Boston motorcycle crash.

We Fight for Our Clients In-and-out of Court

Over generations, the Finkelstein & Partners team has taken the fight to at-fault parties, insurance companies, and defense attorneys wherever we needed to go to secure compensation for our clients. Boston motorcycle accident attorneys have the dedication and resources to negotiate top-dollar settlements in conference rooms and to win record-setting jury trials in courtrooms.

Thanks to our 60 years of law practice, our team can pursue positive results no matter what direction a Boston motorcycle accident case takes, and no matter how large, powerful, or well-funded our adversary. And, we follow through. We only finish our job when we have pursued our strategy to its fullest, and (whenever possible) our client has money in hand.

Boston Motorcycle Accident FAQ

What are some Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Boston?

Every year over 5,000 bikers die in motorcycle accidents. In Boston, these accidents frequently happen because of the following:

Hazardous Road Conditions

Due to their size, motorcycles are vulnerable to dangerous road conditions. As a result, loose gravel, uneven payment, poorly lit intersections, debris, defective pavement, and improperly marked curves can cause catastrophic motorcycle accidents.

Left-Hand Turns

Left-hand turns usually require several quick judgment calls, such as the speed of oncoming traffic and the amount of time left before a light turns red. Motorists making left-hand turns often have a hard time seeing motorcycles approaching, or they misjudge their speed. These things make left-hand turns incredibly dangerous for bikers.

Head-on Collisions

Head-on collisions can occur when a motorist travels the wrong way on a one-way street such as Shawmut Avenue and runs into a motorcyclist or veers into an oncoming lane.

Dangerous Roadways

Although motorcycle crashes can occur anywhere in Boston, some areas are more prone to accidents than others, including:

  • I-93 at Interstate 495
  • Columbia Road at the Southeast Expressway
  • North Washington Street and the Central Artery
  • Four-way intersections, primarily on major thoroughfares such as Tremont or Boylston streets
Can I Get Compensation Following a Boston Motorcycle Accident?

After an accident, victims want to know whether they can recover money for their losses. To receive compensation, you first must establish that another person’s negligent, intentional, or reckless conduct caused your motorcycle collision.

You will also need to prove the following:

  • The liable party owed you a duty of care, such as operating their vehicle safely.
  • The liable party breached their duty of care.
  • This breach was the proximate and direct cause of your losses.
  • You sustained losses.

Proving each of these elements and showing that another individual caused your motorcycle accident can be a complicated process. However, when you work with an experienced Boston motorcycle accident lawyer, you will not have to worry about proving fault yourself. Instead, these lawyers can take care of the investigation for you. They can secure the evidence needed to establish each element.

How Much Time Do You Have to Bring an Injury Claim Following a Boston Motorcycle Accident?

If you get hurt in a Boston motorcycle accident, you only have three years to file a lawsuit after the accident. If you do not file a claim within that time, the court may not allow you to pursue legal action. However, some exceptions to this rule apply that change the filing period.

Reach out to a knowledgeable Boston motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney can verify the maximum amount of time you have to file your case. They can also ensure that your legal motions and documents are prepared correctly and filed with the appropriate court before time runs out.

What Should You Do to Protect Your Legal Rights after a Boston Motorcycle Accident?

Making the right choices after a motorcycle accident can protect your health and safety as well as your legal rights. After a Boston motorcycle collision, consider doing the following:

Contact the Authorities

After a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should do is call 911 to alert the police and medical personnel. After the police arrive, officers can investigate the incident and record their findings in a police report. If you decide to pursue legal action after the crash, this report can provide valuable details regarding what happened and who caused the accident.

See a Doctor Immediately

Even if an ambulance does not carry you to the hospital after your motorcycle crash, you should still visit a medical professional as soon as possible. Many serious injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, may not become symptomatic for days after a collision. The longer a brain injury goes undiagnosed, the more debilitating and deadly it can become.

Additionally, receiving prompt medical treatment can benefit your legal claim. Having a medical report that describes your accident helps establish what losses you sustained. Insurance companies might try to discredit your injuries, so they can pay you less or deny your claim altogether. Seeing a doctor shortly after your accident prevents insurers from arguing that your injuries are not that serious or a result of a subsequent event. Your lawyer can use the medical report detailing your injuries as evidence of a direct link between the harm you sustained and your motorcycle crash.

Collect Evidence Following the Crash

If you do not need immediate medical assistance after the accident and the area is safe, try to collect evidence from the scene. You can take videos and photos of your injuries, the vehicles involved in the accident, their placement on the road, the damage to your motorcycle, and skid marks on the street. You can also record the weather conditions, road defects, traffic signs near the area, and any other evidence that shows what happened.

You should also look for witnesses and get their names and contact information. Witnesses can often provide you and your lawyer with further details regarding the accident, as well as help back up your claim.

If your injuries prevent you from gathering witness information or evidence, do not worry. After hiring an experienced Boston motorcycle accident lawyer, your legal team can gather evidence for you.

Check With the Other Drivers

After the accident, try to exchange information with all the other drivers involved. Ask for their names, contact details, insurance information, and driver’s license numbers. However, if they refuse to provide you with their information, wait for the police to arrive. The police will collect these details for their report, which you can obtain later.

Watch What You Say

As you talk to people following the accident, watch what you say. Avoid discussing the accident on social media. Even when speaking with friends or family members, do not take the blame or apologize for the crash. Don’t make any definitive statements about what happened. Insurance companies can use these statements to hurt your case.

Should You Accept a Settlement After Your Boston Motorcycle Crash?

Although receiving a settlement offer shortly after a motorcycle crash may seem like a win, accepting it may not be wise; usually, the first settlement offer barely covers any current expenses, let alone future medical costs. If you accept the offer, you cannot ask for more money later—even if the original accident caused your losses.

Therefore, before accepting an offer from the insurance company, you should talk to a skilled Boston motorcycle accident lawyer. They can evaluate whether the offer is fair. Then, your attorney can proceed with negotiations and fight for a fair settlement.

How Can an Experienced Boston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help You?

If another person injured you in a Boston motorcycle accident, you should not have to deal with the devastating repercussions alone. You deserve to seek justice for the harm you sustained and compensation for the pain you endured.

Fortunately, if you hire a Boston motorcycle accident lawyer, you will not have to take on this fight alone. An experienced legal team will step up to take on the legal issues with you.

Once retained, your legal team can:

  • Evaluate your legal claim, determine whether you have a viable case, and discuss your legal options.
  • Answer your questions and concerns about the case and the legal process.
  • Provide you with the legal support you need during this challenging time.
  • Hire expert witnesses, like accident reconstructionists, engineers, doctors, and financial specialists to support your case.
  • Help hold those responsible for your accident accountable for the harm you endured.
  • Handle negotiations with the insurance company.
  • Take your case to trial if necessary.

If you or a loved one suffered serious harm in a Boston motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to get the legal help you need. Instead, contact an experienced Boston motorcycle accident attorney today for a free case evaluation.


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Do Not Wait to Connect With a Boston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you get hurt in a Boston motorcycle accident, you only have three years to file a lawsuit after the accident. If you do not file a claim within that time, the court may not allow you to pursue legal action. However, some exceptions to this rule apply that change the filing period. Therefore, consult a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. In addition to filing deadlines, as time passes, evidence can become harder to obtain, witnesses may have problems remembering the accident, and pursuing payment becomes more difficult.

At Finkelstein & Partners, we fight vigorously to negotiate top-dollar settlements and win record-setting jury trials. These outcomes give our clients the justice they seek and the financial assets to face the future.

If a Boston motorcycle accident injured you or a loved one, contact the experienced, dedicated lawyers at Finkelstein & Partners online or by phone at (617) 580-3144 as soon as possible. An initial consultation with a legal professional from our team is free. We are here to answer your questions and help you explore your options.