Boston Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Knowledgeable Advocacy from Mitcheson & Lee LLP
In 2016, Harvard University found that the number of cycling commuters in Boston tripled from 2005 to 2014. Over that time, there have been significant changes to our roads, our services, and public spaces as Boston has committed itself to become a premier cycling city. While these changes have been good for cycling safety, it has not eliminated the significant number of cyclists that are hurt every year in collisions with motor vehicles.
At Mitcheson & Lee LLP, we have seen the landscape of our city change over the last few years and how bicycling has made Boston a cleaner, more accessible, and more vibrant place. Our legal team is also dedicated to assisting bicyclists who have been injured in accidents with motorists. These victims are exposed to significant impacts and often require long-term care to make the fullest recovery possible.
If you or a loved one have been hurt, the time to take action is now. Call our award-winning Boston bicycle accident attorneys at (617) 934-3207 today.
Bicycling, Accidents & Seeking Relief
As far as Boston has come in incorporating cycling traffic with motor vehicle traffic, driver error continues to be a serious concern in our city. Many drivers still are not accustomed to driving alongside cycling commuters and either by accident or via their disregard for a cyclist, they frequently become responsible for accidents and injuries.
Our firm is well-versed in the following:
- Frequent accident locations
- Types of injuries
- Hit and run accidents
Common Injuries Resulting from Bicycle Accidents
When a collision between two cars occurs, all drivers and passengers involved have the benefit of in-cabin safety features. In collisions between a motor vehicle and a bicycle, the bicyclist is not afforded the same protections. Even while wearing helmets and other safety gear, these commuters can sustain serious, even life-threatening injuries.
Bicycle accident victims often find themselves with not one, but multiple injuries from their collision. At our firm, our clients can rest assured that we take a comprehensive approach to assessing their medical needs and that we will consult with doctors to ensure their claim thorough and considered.
Common bicycle accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Cuts, scrapes, bruises
- Concussions and other brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Skin abrasions (“road rash”)
Unfortunately, bicycle accidents frequently result in what are known as catastrophic injuries. These are injuries that will permanently affect the quality of life of the victim. Spinal cord injuries and traumatic head injuries are all-too-common examples of these types of injuries and often require long recoveries and ongoing medical care.
A: Yes. Just like in other road accidents, victims of at-fault drivers have grounds to seek compensation from those who hurt them. In many cases, insurance providers will step-in, assess the facts, and make a determination about fault and resulting coverage.
A: In some cases, yes, insurance will provide adequate coverage for accident victims. Often, however, insurance providers will resist these payouts in order to protect their own bottom line. There are many ways an insurance provider can undermine accident victims: • They may deny a claim. • They may dispute the victim's account of events. • They may try to assign fault to the victim. • They may offer a "low-ball" settlement. • They may delay payment of a settlement. If you are dealing with any of these all-too-common scenarios, it is advised to seek legal representation. Call our team today.
A: There are some circumstances in which the driver that made contact with your bicycle may not be liable for damages. If other drivers, for example, acted negligently and caused a driver to collide into you, then the driver who acted negligently may be held accountable for your injuries.
A: In Massachusetts, we apply comparative negligence in injury cases, which means that fault is assigned by the court in form of a percentage between parties. If an injured party is found to be partially at fault, they may still be awarded compensation, but that compensation may be reduced. If you believe you contributed to the accident that hurt you, contact an attorney to discuss your options.
A: If you believe that dangerous road conditions caused you to crash your bicycle and injure yourself, it may be possible to hold the city accountable for the resulting damages. In these cases, it must be proven that the dangerous conditions were known by city officials and still left unaddressed. At Mitcheson & Lee LLP, we can help collect the necessary evidence in these cases and help our clients substantiate their claim.
A: The statute of limitations in Massachusetts for injury claims is three years. If your bicycle accident took place more than two years ago, having a knowledgeable and efficient lawyer by your side that can streamline this process is essential to pursuing the relief you deserve.
A: When you are sure you want to proceed with legal action, the most important step is to contact an attorney who can help you establish a timeline for this process and develop a claim that speaks to your post-accident damages. In many cases, however, victims should not expect to file the claim right away. This is because your attorney should want to wait for the victim to reach "maximum medical improvement" (or MMI). MMI is the point where at which accident victim will recover no further from their accident. Once this point is reached, doctors and attorneys can more accurately assess the full impact of the injury and what appropriate compensation should be. In some cases, future medical needs will also have to be reasonably anticipated and included in the injury suit, as well.