Bicycle - Car Accidents
If you’ve ever been the victim of a bicycle-car accident – and you have been lucky enough to have survived – you know already how awful an experience this can be. The sudden slamming of car brakes. The screech of a car tire that makes your heart stop. The sight of the cyclist, desperately trying to get his bike out of harm’s way. The sound of tons of steel and glass hitting just a few pounds of bicycle.
Unfortunately, it happens all the time.
In fact, bicycle-car accidents have happened so much that “ghost bike” memorials have sprung up all over the country, to memorialize those people who have been killed in bicycle-car accidents. These makeshift memorials usually consist of an older bicycle that has been completely covered in white paint – to resemble a ghost – and is chained to a tree or lamppost on a road where the accident took place. The symbolism there is to suggest that the deceased bike’s owner may still show up to claim their bike. But everyone knows all too well that the bicyclist has been killed – and will never be seen again.
Car-bicycle accidents are more common than you may realize. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that in 2009, 51,000 pedal-cyclists were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of these, 17% (or about 8,000) of the pedal-cyclists who were injured were 14 years old and younger.Common Injuries Resulting From Car-Bicycle Accidents
What happens as a result of a car-bicycle accident? It’s not pretty. Injuries can include a variety of types, including the following:
- Fractured Skull and Concussion
- Brain Injuries and Brain Damage
- Broken Back and Spinal Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Internal Organ Damage and Internal Bleeding and Hemorrhaging
- Broken Neck
- Even Death.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a Massachusetts car-bike accident, after emergency medical treatment has been received, your first step should be to click here to receive our FREE article, “The Top 10 Things To Do After Suffering An Injury or Accident in Massachusetts.” This valuable article will give you a “road map” of what to do – and what not to do - following a Massachusetts car-bicycle accident. If you have been injured in this type of accident, you may be entitled to significant financial damages for your pain and suffering. After reading this article, call our offices at Ph.: (781) 320-0062, or at Ph.: (617) 285-3600; or click here to send us a confidential email. We’ll provide you with a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION, and let you know what your best legal options are.Driver Negligence Can Cause Bicycle-Car Accidents
While cyclists can certainly make mistakes, all kinds of driver negligence can result in an accident between a bicycle and a motor vehicle – as these examples illustrate.
- Dangerous Turning by Drivers.
- Dangerous Passing by Drivers
- Drivers’ Disregard of Bike Paths
- Drivers Opening Their Car Doors
- Drivers Overestimating Bicyclists' Braking Ability
If you have been injured due to a bicycle-car accident, you may be able to recover financial damages for the following:
- Medical bills for treatment and medications
- Physical therapy
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- If your medical expenses are more than $2,000, you may seek financial damages to compensate you for physical and mental pain and suffering
- If you are married, compensation may also be awarded to your spouse and children, for damages known as "loss of consortium and society." These damages can compensate your spouse and your children for their loss of your various "normal" aspects of their relationship with you, such as companionship, affection and support.
If you – or a loved one – has been injured – or killed – due to a bicycle-car accident, you need to speak to a personal injury attorney who specializes in Massachusetts bicycle-car accidents. Do not consult with a law firm or attorney that is not extremely experienced in successfully litigating these types of cases. This is not the time to go with a novice. We have the proven results to back up our expertise, and we would be glad to discuss them with you (subject, obviously, top privacy limitations.)
If you’ve been injured in a Massachusetts car-bike accident, make the best choice you can and call our office now at Ph.: (781) 320-0062 or at (617) 285-3600. Or you can click here to send us a confidential email. We promise to get right back to you. We’ll provide you with a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION, and let you know what your best legal options are.
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