Traffic laws apply to all vehicles that are on the road. Every vehicle that is operating on a public or private way, such as a gated community or any other private roadway, must abide by the rules of the road that are prescribed by the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth promulgates and publicizes traffic laws, the police enfoce them, and every driver must follow those rules.
If you are a motorcyclist and have questions concerning motorcycle traffic laws in Boston and how they may apply to your case if you were injured in a collision, call an attorney today. An experienced motorycle accident lawyer could give you the legal guidance you need.
In Boston, there are many traffic laws that are specific to motorcyclists. Most of them are created to ensure the safety of motorcyclists on the roads. Motorcyclists must wear certain gear while driving and have to wear a helmet if their engine is over a specific size. Motorcyclists must abide by a higher bar of safety than most other vehicle operators. If one is found not wearing a helmet or certain protective gear, they may be fined.
In Boston, traffic laws regarding motorcycles are not updated very often. They may get a refresh every few years, but they do not typically change.
It is imperative to understand that local law enforcement is not obligated to notify the public of changes to the law. The legislature has a duty to publicize new laws and if there is a new law on the books that will affect how people operate their motorcycles, it is the legislature that bears the duty of promulgating that law.
Traffic laws can impact a motorcycle case when it comes to establishing negligence. If a motorcyclist causes an accident and runs into another motorcyclist, a car or a pedestrian, and they are not following the rules of the road, it is easier to prove liability is the fault of the motorcyclist. If the motorcyclist is the victim in an accident, attorneys have to weigh whether or not the liability caused the accident.
For example, if the motorcyclist is hit by another vehicle that ran a stop sign, then the driver who ran the stop sign is the at-fault party. It can be challenging to determine liability because it is a question for the jury and an experienced lawyer is going to help an injured victim anticipate how a jury or an insurance company is going to take their case
The liability allocation will determine what the settlement will be and whether or not there is going to be a settlement. Sometimes if the insurance company or the jury assigns a percentage of fault to the motorcyclist or to the car operator, the settlement is going to reflect a discounted amount by the percentage of liability allocated to the injured party.
For example, if an insurance company is steadfast in believing its insured party was 90% at fault and the claimant was 10% at fault, the insurance company may make a $100,000 settlement offer but discount it by 10% because that is its liability allocation.
Fortunately, an accomplished attorney could fight against liability allocation and help the injured party get the compensation they deserve.
Understanding motorcycle traffic laws in Boston can help you avoid accidents and traffic citations. If you were injured in a motorycle accident or would like to learn more about traffic laws for motorcyclists, call today.