One of the common complaints of motorcyclists in Essex County, Massachusetts is that automobile drivers do not pay attention to them. It is not uncommon after a car collides with a motorcycle for the car’s driver to tell the motorcyclist that he or she did not see the biker at all. Bikers of course should do their part to increase their visibility to other drivers, including turning on headlights and employing other safety precautions, but automobile drivers need to be aware of those with whom they share the road.
If a motorist had slowed down a bit before making a turn and had taken the time to make sure the roadway was clear, a collision with a motorcycle may have been avoided. Authorities are still investigating the crash, but they believe that speed may have played a role in the motorcycle accident. They have not ruled out the possibility of impaired driving contributing to the collision.
The accident occurred in Salem just before 11:30 p.m. when a van evidently attempted to make a left turn in front of a motorcyclist. The motorcycle crashed into the right front of the van, causing the biker to sustain serious injuries. His injuries were so severe that he had to be taken via medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center after arriving at Lawrence General Hospital.
The injured man may wish to speak with a personal injury lawyer about his right to compensation for his pain and suffering and medical bills that occurred as a result of this accident.
Source: Salem Patch, “Salem Man Seriously Injured in Motorcycle Crash,” Marc Fortier, Aug. 31, 2013