Bikers are the most vulnerable drivers on the road and, as a result, are the most susceptible to serious injury in a collision. Massachusetts recently passed a new law, M.G.L. c. 90, §14, to reduce motor vehicle and biker accidents. The law requires motor vehicles to provide at least four feet of space between them and bikers on the road when passing, and they also must pass the cyclist at a reasonable and proper speed. Despite the new law, crashes are bound to happen. As a cyclist, knowing your rights is essential when the unthinkable happens.
Cyclists Have Up to 3 Years to File a Bile Accident Claim
In Massachusetts, there is a limited amount of time to file a claim for damages following a bike accident. If you were injured in a bike accident through no fault of your own, you have three years to file a lawsuit in court for injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
What to Do After a Bike Accident
After you’ve been struck by a car, there are a few things you can do to help protect yourself
- Call the police
- Collect the at-fault party’s contact information
- Photograph the scene and your injuries
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible
- Consult with a trustworthy bicycle accident lawyer
What is Personal Injury Protection (PIP)?
Personal Injury Protection, or PIP, is a type of insurance coverage everyone in Massachusetts must have as part of their insurance policy when registering a vehicle. PIP insurance helps provide coverage for medical treatment and lost wages after someone has been struck by a car. For example, if you were hit by a car while riding your bike, you can have up to $8,000 of your medical bills, lost wages, and more covered by the motorist’s PIP coverage.
Cyclists Protecting Cyclists in Boston, Mass.
A bicycle accident could happen to any cyclist at any time. Unfortunately, injuries and damages sustained in a biking accident could be especially severe. After a bike accident, you need a compassionate, trustworthy bike accident lawyer by your side. At Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers, we are avid cyclists like you. We will treat your case like our own, protecting your rights and ensuring you receive the maximum compensation for your experience.
Contact us today by submitting the form below or calling our office at 617-777-7777 for a free legal consultation.