Over the past five years, at least 13 people have died while riding their bikes on Boston’s streets; one victim was just 8 years old. But there are far more nonfatal accidents; Between 2010 and 2014, Boston has averaged 520 bicycle crashes per year.
For individuals who are hurt or who have had loved ones hurt or killed in a bike crash, the emotional and financial scars can be long-lasting.
- Serious injuries from crashes can require ongoing, expensive medical treatments.
- People can lose the ability to work.
- Unpaid bills can mount.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, it’s important to work with an experienced Boston personal injury attorney.
With an attorney on your side, you may be able to recover compensation that can help with medical bills, lost wages and other expenses related to your bicycle accident.
The Tragic Costs of Bicycle Accidents
Nationwide, more children visit emergency rooms due to biking accidents than for injuries associated with any other sport. In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that:
- In 2013, the number of cyclists killed in crashes with motor vehicles totaled 743.
- Fatalities increased by 1 percent over the previous year and increased for the third year in a row.
- Approximately 48,000 cyclists were injured.
- Cyclist deaths constituted approximately 2 percent of all traffic fatalities.
- Fatalities to cyclists have increased by 19 percent nationwide since 2010.
- Between 2004 and 2013, the average age of cyclists hurt or killed during crashes with cars steadily increased.
- In 2013, cyclists killed in crashes had an average age of 44.
Cyclists between the ages of 55 and 59 had the highest death rate. But people between 20 and 24 years old had the highest rates of injury.
Factors Contributing to Boston Bicycle Accidents
Between 2005 and 2014, the number of people commuting by bicycle increased by 46 percent, on average. But in some areas, the number of cyclists has skyrocketed.
In Massachusetts, the number of people riding bikes increased by more than 100 percent during that same period. Somerville and Cambridge rank fourth and fifth, respectively, among the top 20 cities with the highest share of bicyclists nationally.
With so many more bikes on the roads, more accidents involving bicyclists occur — including accidents that cause injuries and fatalities.
You might be wondering:
What causes bicycle crashes with vehicles?
- Distracted drivers.
- Drivers who don’t give cyclists enough space.
- Poor weather conditions, including heavy rain and ice.
- Loose gravel, potholes, debris and other dangerous conditions on roads.
- Cyclists who fail to follow rules of the road.
Getting Compensation for Bicycle Accidents
If you’ve been in a bicycle accident, a court will consider several factors in determining whether you can recover damages.
- Was the driver of the vehicle who hit you being negligent or reckless?
- For instance, was the driver speeding, running a stop light or cutting into a bike lane?
- Was the driver cited for any traffic violations at the scene of the accident?
- Did your own negligence contribute to or cause the crash?
By working with an experienced attorney after a bicycle crash, you may receive compensation including:
- Lost wages or other income.
- Medical bills and related expenses.
- Pain and suffering.
- Emotional distress.
Work with an Experienced Boston Bicycle Accident Attorney
Bicycle accidents can result in serious injuries and even death.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident — or if you are the loved one of someone who has been injured or killed — it’s important to work with a personal injury attorney with experience litigating bicycle accidents in Boston.
For a consultation, please contact the Law Office of John J. Sheehan.