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Bicycle Accidents

Over 100 Years Combined Experience Representing Injured Cyclists

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If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, we know you have many questions. These may include, who will be paying your medical bills? Who will help you recover from your injuries? And who will pay for the damage to your bicycle? At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our bicycle accident attorneys can help you with every aspect of the difficulties you face after a serious bicycle crash.

With more than 100 years combined experience, our bicycle accident lawyers have extensive experience representing cyclists and their families. In each case, we are committed to achieving the best financial results to help our clients heal and move ahead.

And we are committed to safety and advocacy for all cyclists in Massachusetts. We have long supported Massachusetts bicycle clubs. Through our Project KidSafe campaign, we have also donated over 30,000 bicycle helmets to children across Massachusetts.


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Types of Bicycle Accidents

Paramedics responding to an injured bicyclist

Not every bicycle accident involves a motor vehicle. We have represented cyclists who have been injured by dog attacks and defective bike parts. But more often than not, cyclists are injured by a driver's negligence. The driver may have failed to yield or keep a proper look-out. They may have misjudged the bike's speed and left the cyclist without enough room.

Drivers can cause bicycle accidents when they speed, attempt to pass, travel too closely or use cell phones. At intersections, drivers who fail to yield to cyclists when turning can cause right hook bicycle accidents or left hook bicycle accidents. These accidents can be very serious, resulting in bone fractures, head injury, scarring and even wrongful death.

Truck Crashes

Truck crashes have injured and killed numerous cyclists in Boston and Cambridge in recent years. After these tragedies, our firm has worked to protect our clients' rights, investigated crashes and when necessary, pursued negligence or wrongful death lawsuits against trucking companies.

Dooring Accidents

Dooring accidents – when drivers open car doors onto the path of cyclists – also cause many injuries, including 20 percent of all bicycle accidents in Cambridge, according to the city's Community Development Department.

Right Hook Bicycle Accidents

More than 25 percent of all bicycle crashes happen at intersections, according to the NHTSA. Right hook accidents occur when drivers, often large trucks, strike cyclists while turning right. Left hook bicycle accidents happen when drivers are turning left and collide with cyclists coming from another direction.

Head Injuries

Bicycle accidents causing head injuries can lead to traumatic brain injury and permanent impairment. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing cyclists who have suffered head injuries, recovering compensation to assist them with short- and long-term financial needs.

Distracted Driving Injuries to Cyclists

Cell phone use, texting while driving and distracted driving cause many bicycle accidents in Massachusetts.


Compensation for Injured Cyclists

Motor vehicle liability insurance from the responsible driver, as well as the insurance on a car owned by the bicyclist or a family member, are all sources of insurance to help pay for personal injury claims.

When a motorist collides with a bike, Massachusetts law provides that there will be up to $8,000 in personal injury protection benefits (“no-fault” benefits) which can help pay for medical bills and lost wages. These benefits are available even if the driver was not negligent. Additional compensation for victims of bicycle accidents may include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost earnings
  • Scarring and disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
When a cyclist is killed by someone else's negligence, our attorneys can pursue a wrongful death claim for your family. Punitive damages may be awarded.

After a bicycle accident, a driver's negligence may be clear. You may be entitled to pursue a claim for financial compensation for your losses. But the truth is insurance companies are often reluctant to pay cyclists full compensation on claims. Because of this, it is important to hire an experienced lawyer with a reputation for reaching full compensation for cyclists, including pain and suffering and past and future earnings. You should also hire an attorney with whom you can work well and trust.

Our Results for Injured Cyclists
Read our Bicycle Accident Case Reports to learn about our work for cyclists. If you have been injured, learn your rights. Call us for a free legal consultation at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676. You can also use our contact form.


Where the Most Bicycle Accidents are Reported in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) reports Cambridge and Somerville have 9 out of the top 10 bike crash clusters in Massachusetts. From 2005-2014, the cluster around Central Square in Cambridge saw the highest number of bike crashes. Read the full list below:


Top Bike Crash Locations in Massachusetts
1 - Central Square, Cambridge
2 - Inman Square, Cambridge and Somerville
3 - Porter Square in Cambridge and Somerville
4 - Union Square in Somerville
5 - Harvard Square and Brattle Square in Cambridge
6 - Broadway in Cambridge, including Inman Street
7 - Main Street in Northampton, in Western Massachusetts
8 - Broadway in Cambridge, including Quincy Street
9 - Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, including Clarendon Avenue
10 - Cambridge Street, including Berkshire Street and parts of both Cambridge and Somerville
Source: MassDOT 2014 Top Crash Locations Report

Top Boston Bike Crash Locations
Commonwealth Avenue
Mass Avenue
Beacon Street
Boylston Street
Dorchester Avenue
Huntington Avenue
Boylston Street
Neighborhoods included Fenway/Kenmore, Allston/Brighton, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain
Source: Boston Cyclists Safety Report 2013, page 20. Data reported by Boston Police Department, Boston Bikes and Boston EMS.


Our Commitment to Bike Safety in Massachusetts

Attorney David W. White and Ronald E. Gluck of Breakstone, White & Gluck with members of the Dedham Police Department at the Dedham Bike Rodeo. Breakstone, White & Gluck donates bicycle helmets to children there each year through our Project KidSafe campaign.Breakstone, White & Gluck, P.C., is a proud supporter of cycling and cycling safety programs in Massachusetts. We support the Northeast Bicycle Club, the Charles River Wheelers, Bikes Not Bombs, New England Mountain Bike Association, Boston Cyclists Union and MassBike.

In 2013, we launched our Project KidSafe campaign to help protect children on bikes from head injuries. Since then, we have donated over 30,000 bike helmets to children across Massachusetts, with help from over 50 partners, including Massachusetts Safe Routes to School, Boston Bikes, Roll It Forward, CYCLE Kids of Cambridge, the Dedham Police Department (shown in the photo) and the Somerville Kiwanis Club. Several bicycle committees and more than 10 police departments have participated, including the Boston Police Department, the Cambridge Police Department and Quincy Police Department.

Free Legal Consultation
Because the statute of limitations applies to bicycle accident cases, victims have a limited time in which to file their cases. If you feel you have a bike accident case, it is vital that you act immediately to protect your rights. Please call the experienced Boston, Massachusetts bicycle accident attorneys at 617-723-7676 (or toll free at 1-800-379-1244), or use our contact form. We will be happy to provide you with a free consultation.


Kind Words from A Satisfied Bicycle Accident Injury Client

“Reza Breakstone did a great job pursuing my case resulting from a bicycle accident where the driver was indisputably at fault. Reza never over-committed. The settlement with the driver's insurance company was timely once I'd fully recovered and was ready to settle, and the settlement amount exceeded my initial expectations. Reza also negotiated with my health insurance companies over the amounts of their liens, further increasing the settlement funds I received beyond what I'd expected. Reza is efficient but not impatient, and I highly recommend him.”

Check out other kind words from our clients on our Testimonials page.


Bicyle Accident Resources

Insurance Coverage for Cyclists
Massachusetts bicyclists can protect themselves in the event of a serious injury by having adequate uninsured/underinsured motorist protection in their car insurance policies.

Facts About Cycling in Massachusetts
Our attorneys answer some of the most common questions about the rights and responsibilities of Massachusetts cyclists under the law.

Gluck Legal Takeaway - Bike Safety Articles
Articles written by Attorney Ron Gluck for the Charles River Wheelers' newsletter, WheelPeople.

Tips for Safe Bike Commuting in Boston
Our attorneys provide an overview on cycling resources.

MassBike provides information about bicycling issues and advocacy in Massachusetts.


Bike Clubs and Organizations We Support

New England Mountain Bike Association NEMBA
Charles River Wheelers 
Charles River Wheelmen
Northeast Bicycle Club NEBC
Bikes Not Bombs Bikes Not Bombs

MassBike MassBike
Boston Cyclists Union Boston Cyclist Union
Client Reviews
★★★★★
Reza Breakstone did a great job pursuing my case resulting from a bicycle accident where the driver was indisputably at fault. Reza never over-committed. The settlement with the driver's insurance company was timely once I'd fully recovered and was ready to settle, and the settlement amount exceeded my initial expectations. Reza also negotiated with my health insurance companies over the amounts of their liens, further increasing the settlement funds I received beyond what I'd expected. Reza is efficient but not impatient, and I highly recommend him. Kevin