In 2009, 630 bicycle riders lost their lives throughout the United States in accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), another 51,000 bike riders suffered injuries during this same year. The vast majority- a full 70 percent- of these motorcycle accidents occurred in urban areas. Most of those who were killed (87 percent) were males, and the average age of those killed was 41. The average age of individuals who were injured was 31.
These statistics show that a startling number of middle age bike riders, especially in urban areas such as Boston, face significant risk of injury when operating a bike. Unfortunately, Boston cycling injuries are likely to become even more common as many people take up cycling for health and environmental reasons.
The law does provide recourse to bike accident victims in certain instances, and it is very important to contact an experienced Boston cycling accident attorney to learn about your options for recovering damages after a bike accident that leaves you or a loved one injured. The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC can help. Contact us today using our online form or via telephone at (617) 367-2900.Massachusetts Bicycle and Cycling Accidents
Biking and cycling have become more popular than ever before as people have begun to recognize the environmental benefits of using a bike instead of a car. As baby boomers age, many men and women who are entering middle age are also interested in looking for ways to stay active and stay in shape. Bike riding has become a solution for many. This trend is especially common in urban areas such as Boston where restaurants, stores, work and living environments are all in close proximity to each other. The 2007 Boston Bikes initiative has also increased the number of riders.
Unfortunately, as the rise in bike riders and cyclists has occurred, bike accidents become a more common and serious event -- far too many drivers fail to accommodate bikers properly and too many city streets are not made safe to prevent damage or danger to bike riders. Potholes, uneven road surface and debris on the road can all lead to a serious bike accident, as can a driver failing to pay attention, failing to yield the right away or otherwise not respecting a bike's space on the roadways.
Dooring accidents are another common cause of cycling injuries in Boston – motorists must always look before opening the door of a parked car into the potential path of cyclist.
When a cycling accident occurs, it becomes very important to determine what the cause of the accident was in order to assess whether anyone besides the bike rider bears responsibility. While a bike rider involved in a collision with a motor vehicle may sometimes collect compensation for medical costs and lost wages through the personal injury protection (PIP) coverage that he/she was required to buy when purchasing car insurance, this PIP coverage can be limited and does not cover large medical expenditures or damages for things such as pain and suffering. As such, if someone else is responsible for the accident, making a claim against that person can result in broader compensation after a bike accident.
A driver who is not paying attention, for example, can be held responsible for the bike accident if a hypothetical reasonable driver would have been more careful. Likewise, government entities may be sued for road debris, negligent road design or failure to maintain the roadways- although government immunity and protections for government agencies and entities can make such a lawsuit harder and it becomes even more important to get help from an experienced Boston cycling accident lawyer.
To learn more about how we can help you after bicycle or cycling accidents, contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC today at (617) 367-2900 or using our online form.