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When a person gets on a bike and hits the streets, they are getting exercise, reducing their carbon footprint and engaging in an activity that is becoming very popular in the greater Boston area and across the nation. While that is the upside, the downside is that many motorists are not driving in a safe manner and are not taking bike safety laws seriously, and this can and often does result in serious personal injury or death.

In some cases, a cyclist might even share part of the blame. This is what is referred to as comparative negligence. Thankfully, state law does not make this a barrier to recovering damages. Riders who were partially at-fault for the crash may still recover damages, so long as they are not more than half responsible for causing the crash.

bike injury lawyerAccording to a recent news article from CBS Boston, a middle school teacher in Charlton, was recently killed in a bike crash.  This victim was 40-years-old at the time of this death. A Massachusetts State Police (MSP) spokesperson said the accident occurred on Route 20 at 3:30 p.m. Continue reading

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Our Boston bicycle accident lawyers are not just attorneys – we are avid riders ourselves. We are committed to advocacy that makes Boston streets safer for cyclists, and have been on the forefront of some of the state’s most important legislation to protect cyclists. This in-depth knowledge of these statutes is what allows us to provide such strong representation for our clients. We also support others’ efforts to promote safe cycling and better driver awareness of rider presence and rights.

A recent news article from the Park Record discusses how middle school student who was in a serious bike crash now is dedicated to bike safety and has even given a seminar on the subject at this school.

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Comparative negligence in bicycle accidents involves a rider who is partially to blame for the cause of a collision. In Massachusetts, comparative negligence is not necessarily a bar to recovery, but it may limit the amount of damages one can collect. So even if you are cited in a bike crash that resulted in serious injury, do not assume you don’t have a case until you speak with an injury attorney.

According to a recent news article from the Newburyport Daily News, a man from Chelsea was airlifted to the hospital following a serious bicycle crash involving a car. Authorities have said the 41-year-old bike rider was riding along with a woman at around 10 p.m.

bike crashes BostonThe couple was riding their bicycles when the bike crash victim collided with a motor vehicle that was traveling in the same direction.  The driver of the vehicle immediately came to a complete stop and waited for first responders to arrive. Continue reading

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Hurst v. Metropolitan Casualty Insurance Company

In Hurst v. Metropolitan Casualty Insurance Company, a case from the Supreme Court of Wyoming, two plaintiffs were ridding separate bicycles around noon.  One plaintiff was riding about 30 feet in front of the other, and they were both on the shoulder of the road and the emergency lane when one was present.

Boston Bike Crash lawyerAt this point, a woman driving a minivan at around 50 miles per hour when she veered into the breakdown lane where plaintiffs were riding. She hit the rear bicycle rider from behind and the rider flipped up onto the roof of the minivan.  He was then thrown over the back of the minivan and ended up hitting the ground nearly 2oo feet away. Continue reading

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With so many more people riding bikes and bike advocacy groups doing better than ever, one might expect the per-capita share of bike accidents to bike riders to be on the downswing.  This would be true ideally even if the overall number of bike crashes was on the rise.  This would make sense with there being so many new bike riders on the streets of Boston, Cambridge, and the surrounding areas.

bike injury lawyerAccording to a recent news article from the Boston Globe, Boston is still very much a dangerous place for bike riders in terms of the frequency of bike crashes and a lot of the danger has to do with road conditions.  As the author who is an avid Boston bike rider and has been for more than 20 years noted, Boston has some of the most dangerous roads in the world and he is comparing to other countries that are from being called developed nations. Continue reading

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By now most people are familiar with the Hubway bike share program located throughout the greater Boston area.  This program allows riders to pickup a bike owned by the city of Boston, Cambridge, Sommerville, and Brookline. Riders can use this bike and then return it at any one of the Hubway bike share stations around the area.

Boston bike crash lawyerThese bikes are the same as ones used in cities across the country like Washington, DC where the program originated.  They are all operated by one of two companies that provide the same bikes with different paint and graphics for each respective program. Continue reading

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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