Need an Injury Attorney for a Massachusetts Bicycle Accident?
Massachusetts is no stranger to bicycle accidents, which happen many times per year in the state. In fact, many of the accidents that raise bicycle accident statistics in Massachusetts stems from Boston, popular for bike-riding. In 2015, a report showed that, in 5 year’s time, at least 13 people were killed while bicycling on city streets, ranging from 8 to 74 in age. Many of them were hit by buses, struck down by cars, or fell into traffic. If you have been injured in a bicycle-related accident, you may wonder how you can compensate for your injuries.
After a Bicycle Accident
What happens after a bicycle accident? What are some important steps that should be taken to preserve evidence in your case so that you can compensate later on down the road?
- Make sure that your bicycle and you are in a safe spot to prevent more damage that could occur on the road.
- Record all contact information for those involved, as well as witnesses.
- Capture the license plate number from the responsible driver.
- Never negotiate with the driver or take blame for the accident.
- Call the police, because this will help you receive a police report that could be vital in your case.
- Always receive medical attention and keep track of your bills and any documentation you receive from your treatment.
It helps to understand what you should do after a bicycle accident, because it will help you retain your rights when it comes time for your case. If you want to receive compensation for your injuries, you have to be prepared for everything.
Common Injuries in Bicycle Accidents
Some of the most common injuries in bicycle accidents are head injuries. The American Academy of Family Physicians says that upwards of 47% of cyclists involved in accidents have sustained head injuries. Many of these head injuries can lead to permanent disability, which is why it is always advised to wear a helmet to prevent these debilitating injuries. Here are some other common injuries you may experience in bicycle accidents:
- Dental fractures
- Facial contusions
- Fractured bones
- Dislocated joints
- Road rash when thrown from the bicycle
Has a Driver Acted Negligently?
If you are a cyclist who has been injured in an accident by another driver, you may ask if negligence is at the basis of your accident. If you believe negligence played a role in your injuries, you may have questions for us. Negligence takes place in many forms, from speeding to left-turns in intersections without looking, and running traffic lights. If you have been injured in an accident while riding a bicycle, a defendant has violated the duty they owe to you because they must always be on the lookout for bicycle riders. You may be entitled to damages if you have been thrown from your bicycle and received injuries that have left a lasting impact on your life.
Have you been involved in a bicycle accident and have evidence and documentation that shows another party has caused your injuries? You may have a claim for damages that include things like lost income from missing work, medical treatment bills, and pain and suffering depending on the circumstances. We want to hear from you as soon as possible if you have been injured.