Annually, bicycle accidents kill about 840 people in the United States, and countless more cyclists are injured when a motorist runs into them. Injuries from bicycle accidents can be expensive, painful, and physically debilitating. When someone dies in a bicycle accident, their family must cope with the financial and emotional turmoil associated with that loss. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident with a vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation, and Mazow | McCullough, PC can help.
Over three quarter of a million Massachusetts adults ride a bicycle at least once a year. In the wake of initiatives like Boston Bikes, which added dozens of cycling paths to the city, and other bike sharing programs, cycling has increased throughout Boston and the rest of the state. In Boston, there are over 38,000 bike rides every day, and while most of those rides are safe and uneventful, accidents occur frequently.
The Boston Globe reports that collisions between cyclists and motorists have increased by 15% over the last three years, and accidents have increased by 9% in the greater Boston area. In fact, in one three-year period, there were 14 accidents in a single Boston intersection. In New Hampshire, there are between nine and 13 fatalities every year, and the state is committed to improving safety for all road users through its pedestrian/bicycle enforcement patrols.
When a bicyclist is hit by a vehicle, they may suffer from a range of serious injuries including the following:
Victims may also experience intense pain, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other issues after an accident. In some cases, accidents can lead to death. In most accidents, the vehicle is a commercial truck, but in many cases, personal drivers hit cyclists as well. Seeking medical help for these injuries and dealing with pain and mental health issues can be expensive and life-altering, but if the driver’s negligence caused your injuries, they may be liable.
Motorists have a responsibility to other drivers and people using the road, including cyclists. If they fail to follow the rules of the road or act recklessly, they may be civilly negligent, which means that they can be held financially responsible for your injuries. Often, crashes with cyclists happen when a vehicle is turning right, and the cyclist is in the crosswalk. The driver sees a gap in oncoming traffic from the left, but rather than checking the crosswalk, they pull out while they are still looking left and hit the cyclist in the crosswalk.
Additionally, motorists turning left also forget to look for cyclists. In some cases, motorists clip cyclists by riding too close to them, or they cause ‘dooring’ accidents by opening their door and causing an oncoming cyclist to crash into it. Often, motorists are negligent because they are texting, distracted by doing something else while driving, or operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
If you are injured or if you lose a loved one in a bicycle accident with a motorist, you may face a lot of expenses as well as other intangible damages. When you bring a lawsuit against the motorist whose negligence caused the accident, you may be entitled to a settlement that includes compensation for the following types of damages:
Unfortunately, after most bicycle accidents, the driver is not held criminally responsible. However, the burden of proof in a civil case differs from a criminal case, and often, these careless drivers are held responsible in a personal injury lawsuit. You deserve justice. If you lost a loved one, nothing can bring them back, but you may be able to receive compensation to help with expenses and pain related to your loss.
When you contact us at Mazow | McCullough, PC, we can start with a no cost, no obligation case evaluation where we can talk about your accident, the damages, and potential settlements.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you need to seek medical help for your injuries and contact an attorney to talk about your rights. In both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the statute of limitations for bringing forward a claim in a personal injury lawsuit is three years, but ideally, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible so they can start gathering evidence related to your case.
To learn more, contact us today. At Mazow | McCullough, PC, we have the experience you need, and we give each of our clients the individualized attention they need. We look forward to setting up a no obligation consultation with you.