Boston Bike Accident
Boston Bike Accident Lawyer
Bicycling is a great way to enjoy some exercise, and a viable form of transportation in a busy city like Boston. But the number of rider fatalities is increasing substantially in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in 2015, biker deaths increased more than 12% from the previous year. This trend is expected to continue as biking becomes a more popular and cost-effective form of transportation for many city dwellers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in the Boston area, you may have the right to compensation for your medical care, lost wages, and any permanent injury or disability that you sustained during the accident. But you will need an experienced lawyer to handle your case. At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we help victims just like you seek justice. Call (617) 870-0907 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Boston car accident attorneys who can answer your questions and explain your rights under the law.
Many Boston bicycling accidents are the result of a driver who is not paying attention and claims he or she "didn’t see" the bike rider. Other factors that contribute to bike accidents include poor lighting, such as early morning or late evening, wet or slippery pavement, vehicles speeding, or a driver under the influence.
Any time a bicyclist is involved in an accident, there is potential for serious injuries or loss of life due to the minimal protection on a bike. Vehicles are much larger and move at a higher rate of speed, and this increases the damage they cause on impact with a bike. Fortunately, the majority of bicyclists sustain only minor injuries. These can include cuts, abrasions, and road rash. But even when injuries appear minor, a rider should always seek medical attention to eliminate the possibility of internal injuries or more extensive injuries masked by adrenaline and shock.
More extensive injuries are normally seen in the extremities of a rider. These can include fractures to the arms, legs, and hands as well as damage to the ligaments, tendons, and muscle. Broken ribs, collarbones, and shoulder blades are often the result of impact with a vehicle or the pavement.
The worst injuries riders sustain are to the face and head. Being thrown from a bicycle can result in lacerations to the facial tissue as well as fractures to the facial bones. Broken teeth and trauma to the eye are also common. Skull fractures, brain bleeds, and concussions are a risk when there is a blow to the head.
After a bike accident of any severity, your first concern should always be your own safety. A visit to Mass General for an examination is always warranted, and worth the time and money. In many situations, the cost of your medical care will be compensated by the person responsible for the accident. When emergency medical personnel arrive, never decline treatment or an examination. This will document your injuries and can be important information to assist your attorneys in securing your compensation.
With over a decade of experience defending the rights of personal injury victims throughout Boston, DiBella Law Offices, P.C., understands the trauma you have been through and the concerns you have. Mounting medical bills, the loss of income (even on a short-term basis), and uncertainty about your future are all stresses we can help you manage. Call (617) 870-0907 today to schedule a free consultation. We can begin to answer your questions and assist you in securing any compensation you deserve as a result of your Boston bike accident.