A popular mode of transportation in Massachusetts is bike riding; however, it can be an exceedingly dangerous activity. In 2015 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there was close to 465,000 bicycle-related injuries and over 1,000 bicycle related deaths in the United States alone.
Children are at an increased risk for bike-related injuries and the vast majority of the injuries involved children.
If you or someone you know was struck by a vehicle and are suffering serious injuries while riding a bike in Massachusetts, you should seek the guidance of a qualified injury attorney to advocate on your side. All cyclists in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are given certain rights and responsibilities under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 85, Section 11B which governs how motorists are required to interact with bicyclists on the roads. Bicyclists have a responsibility to follow all traffic laws and have the right to use most public roads.
Responsibilities of Motorists’ to Bicycle Riders
If you were seriously injured in a cycling accident that was a result of a motorist’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation to cover the costs of your medical expenses as well as other expenses related to your injury. This includes lost wages if you are not able to work, loss of consortium, any lifelong disabilities, and more. The Massachusetts bicycle accident attorneys at the Law Office of Todd D. Beauregard, PC, are strong advocates for cyclists who suffered injuries from other motorists.
Massachusetts drivers who drive too fast and are negligent through texting and driving, drunk driving or distractions are responsible for their actions or lack there of. The occurrence of many serious bicycle accidents is the result of motorists failing to watch out for bicyclists on the road and move into the path of the rider forcing them off the road or into the intersection. Automobile drivers who do not share the road are hazardous.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
Collisions with cars, trucks, as well as other motor vehicles are the cause for most serious bicycle injuries. Risk of serious or fatal injuries in a collision is increased for bicyclists because little protection is offered to the riders.
Always Wear a Bike Helmet
Injuries to the arms and legs are the most common injuries suffered in bicycle accidents followed by injuries to the face, head, abdomen, and chest. In addition to these injuries, bike accidents can also result in concussions, paralysis, and spinal cord injuries. In some instances, bike accidents can also lead to death.
At the Law Office of Todd D. Beauregard, PC, our accident attorneys are ready to protect your rights as a bicycle accident victim. The law firm has extensive experience at handling insurance companies, effectively managing bike accident cases, as well as recovering damages like lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and the expense to fix or replace the bike.
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