With more bicyclists on the road, accidents are unfortunately becoming more common.
In recent years, more and more Massachusetts residents have been leaving their cars at home and foregoing public transit transportation in favor of using their bicycles for short trips and their daily commutes. The rise in bicycle transportation is not limited to simple joy rides or quick commutes to the store or work. To encourage residents and tourists to see and travel through the city in a unique way, Boston has initiated Hubway, a popular seasonal bike-share network with over 100 stations and 1,000 bikes available for use. It seems that more and more bicyclists are taking to the streets every year.
As more cyclists take to the streets, however, the number of bicycle-related accidents has risen sharply. Even when wearing a helmet, bicyclists can sustain devastating and life-altering injuries. More often than not, these accidents are caused by careless or inattentive drivers who may be on the lookout for other cars, but are not focused on bicyclists that may be riding in their vicinity. Massachusetts has even enacted laws to
help protect cyclists and to reduce the number of people seriously injured in bike accidents, namely M.G.L., c. 89, §2 and c. 90, §14. Bicyclists who are injured due to negligent motor vehicle operation may hold drivers liable for their negligence in causing an accident. Throughout its history, SUGARMAN attorneys have represented cyclists in a wide range of personal injury claims, including those where the cyclist has died or suffered a catastrophic injury.
Settlement with driver of SUV for death of a 61-year-old man riding his bicycle.
Settlement for bicyclist who was struck when a motorist took a left turn across an intersection directly into the path of an oncoming bicyclist, who had the right of way. The cyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown through the air and suffered several fractured teeth requiring surgical repair.
Settlement for competitive cyclist who was struck by a car when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign. The cyclist suffered a comminuted fracture and dislocation of his right hip requiring surgical repair and placement of hardware. His riding abilities were permanently impaired by his injuries.