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There has been a lot more talk about bike safety in recent years than we have seen at any time before.  Much of this has to do with a major change in the way people see bicycles and this relatively new concept of bike culture vs. car culture.

Boston Bike Crash lawyerDecades ago, bikes were pretty much considered something that only kids used.  Yes, there were those who raced road bikes, and there were famous races in Europe such as the Tour de France, but they were nowhere near as popular as they are today. The idea of someone choosing to ride a bike to work was basically unheard of on a larger scale because America was in love with automobiles, and those who did not drive a personal vehicle took a bus, commuter rail rain or rode the T to work in Boston. Continue reading

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Bicycle lanes snake throughout the greater Boston area, with the purpose of providing a safe space for cyclists to navigate city streets. Unfortunately, many motorists fail to respect these lanes, choosing instead to use them for parking.bicycle accident lawyer

At best, this is inconvenient for cyclists. Worst case scenario, however, it can be extremely dangerous, as it gives Boston bicyclists no other choice but to merge quickly into active lanes of traffic, significantly raising the risk of a crash.

Whether motorists don’t understand or don’t care about the implications, it’s a serious problem and some communities are taking action. Specifically in Toronto, Canada, the city’s parking enforcement unit has begun an enforcement action coined a “bike lane blitz.” A full-time officer will be dedicated to enforcing bike lane parking violations. The officer is in charge of bicycling throughout the city, ticketing violators $150 a pop. The officer is also responsible for bike lane safety outreach and education, some on social media and in driving classes. However, the officer vows to issue a citation to every bicycle lane blocker he crosses.  Continue reading

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There are more bicycle riders on the streets of Boston and in the City of Cambridge just across the Charles River than ever before.  There are variety of reasons for this.  Some people just want to get some exercise, and, as most of our jobs involve sitting down for most of the day, that is getting harder and harder to do.  One way to get some exercise is to ride a bike to work.

truck accidents Another reason more people are riding bikes is because it is much better for the environment than driving or even using public transportation such as the T. It is also a lot more cost effective once you foot the bill for the bike itself.  You no longer have gas to buy, and, for most people, you don’t need a $6,000 bike ready for the Tour de France. Continue reading

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Anyone who has ridden a bicycle down a street on Boston close to a line of parked cars knows how important it is to be on the lookout for a suddenly opened car door.  As you are riding down the street, a car door can open at any time (with no warning) causing the bike rider to crash into that door.  This can result in serious personal injury or even death.

Boston Bike Crash lawyer There are many cases where the driver crashes into the door and is serious injured.  We also have cases where bike rider decides to quickly swerve to avoid being crashing into the car door, but this causes them to be thrown into traffic where they are serious injured or killed.  When you get hit by a car while on a bicycle, you have virtually no protection. Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from KFGO, over the past two decades, researchers have discovered an increase in the total medical costs associated with treated personal injuries caused in bike crashes.

bicycle crash lawyerThere is no question that a lot more people ride bicycles today than they did 20 years ago.  For this reason, it would be all too easy to assume that there are more total medical costs because more people are riding bikes.  This is however, only partially true.  Study organizers have surmised that it goes beyond the number of riders, and likely has more to do with the age of riders.

Two decades ago there were fewer people riding bikes, but the clear majority of riders were young people.  Today, we not only have more total riders, but we also see a much larger percentage of riders over the age of 45.  We are also more bike crashes caused by bikers being hit by car then accidents where bike riders crash on a sidewalk or into a fixed object. Continue reading

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A recent news article from Health.com takes a good look at how to avoid the most common collisions between bicycles and cars.  A lot of the information deals with bike safety techniques for riders.  While it should be noted that many bike crashes are not the fault of the bike rider, and the at-fault drivers should be held responsible, it never hurts for bike riders to do whatever they can within reason to prevent a serious bike crash.

bikelane accident lawyer Boston This is important, as there has been a growing trend in people in urban areas such as Boston riding bikes. We have more people than ever riding bikes, and now we have bike share programs where anyone who registers for the service can grab a bike and ride it to their destination.   In Boston, we have Hub, which allows people to purchase an annual membership and then use the bikes whenever they choose. Continue reading

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Summer is an ideal time to ride a bike, either to commute without having to get into your car or to have fun outdoors while getting some exercise. Unfortunately, more than 900 bicycle riders are killed and close to 500,000 bicycle riders visit emergency rooms over the course of a year, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Riding a bike is risky because you do not have the protections you would have in a car in case an accident happens. Serious injuries or fatalities often result, and more than $10 billion a year is lost due to lifetime medical costs and loss of productivity resulting from bike accidents.injury attorney

Drivers who cause bike collisions can be held accountable for covering the costs of these losses, and victims can work with Boston bike injury lawyers to pursue claims against drivers who cause accidents by behaving carelessly or by not following the rules of the road. Continue reading

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The risks of bicycle collisions go up in the summer, and adults make up the majority of bike accident victims, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Adults often decide to commute to work or ride bicycles for exercise in the summer, which puts them at risk of becoming involved in accidents with drivers who do not understand how to safely share the road with bike riders. bicycle crash attorney

Both drivers and bicycle riders need to know what the rules are for co-existing safely and should ensure they exercise reasonable caution to avoid bike collisions. A Boston bicycle injury attorney can represent victims of bike crashes who believe a driver’s carelessness was the direct cause of a bike crash.

If a bike rider can prove a driver was to blame for causing an accident to occur, the bicyclist can obtain compensation from the driver’s insurance for economic and non-financial loss by making a successful bike injury claim.  Bicycle riders, however, want to avoid the damage a bike accident can do and so should take some basic safety steps to try to minimize the chances an accident will happen.

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With school ending for children and the weather getting warmer, the roads are getting riskier. The dangers of many types of motor vehicle accidents increase during the summer months. One particular type of bike accident which is more likely to occur is bicycle collisions involving younger children. bicycle injury lawyers

If a motorist and a child become involved in a bicycle accident, it is important to determine who was at fault and how the crash occurred.  Drives can often be held wholly or partially responsible for bike accidents involving children because drivers have a basic obligation to exercise reasonable caution while driving. If they fail to follow rules of the road and don’t watch carefully for kids, drivers could be held liable of all losses and damages. Continue reading

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Bicycle manufacturer Advanced Sports International has announced it is recalling at least 650 Fuji road bikes for a defect that reportedly can cause a component to slip while pedaling, increasing the risk of a fall. bicycle up close

As the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, the issue has to do with the rear wheel freehub. For those who are unfamiliar with the various bicycle components, the hub is the center part of the bicycle wheel, that is affixed with axle, bearings and hub shell.  A freehub bicycle is a specific type of design that incorporates a ratcheting mechanism. Freehubs have largely replaced freewheel designs in many mid-range and high-end bicycles. The primary benefit of the freehub/ freewheel system is that a rider can stop pedaling, even as the bike is still in motion.

The recent recall involves 2017 Fuji bicycles with Oval Concepts Rear Wheels, which come in numerous colors. There are two main hub models (numbers printed on the drive-side hub flange of the bikes – 3LLR and 3NVR), but a total of 14 different bike models – all Fuji. Thus far, the Pennsylvania-based importer/ distributor ASI has gotten four reports of the freehub slipping while the rider is pedaling. The good news is there haven’t been any crashes or injuries reported.  Continue reading