Attorneys with Over 100 Years Combined Experience Representing Injured Bicyclists in the Boston Area
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If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you need answers about who will be paying your medical bills, who will help you recover from the injuries you have sustained, and who will pay for damage to your bicycle. We are experts at handling bicycle accident cases, and can help you with every aspect of the difficulties you face after a serious bicycle accident.
The bicycle accident injury lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck, P.C., have extensive experience handling personal injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of injured bicyclists and their families. We are committed to the bicycling community. We don't just help injured cyclists; we are devoted to promoting safety and advocacy for cyclists. Through our Project KidSafe campaign, we have donated over 25,000 bicycle helmets across Massachusetts.
Types of Bicycle Accidents
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 in collisions with motor vehicles which are caused by the driver's negligence. The driver may have failed to keep a proper look-out, misjudged the bike’s speed, turned improperly, failed to yield the right-of-way, or failed to leave the proper amount of room for the cyclist. These accidents can be very serious, resulting in bone fractures, head injury, scarring and even wrongful death.
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, filed wrongful death lawsuits against trucking companies to obtain compensation and justice for clients.
Dooring accidents – when drivers open car doors onto the path of cyclists – also cause many injuries. Dooring is against the law in Massachusetts, but drivers are often negligent. As a result, dooring is the cause of about 20 percent of all bicycle accidents in Cambridge alone, according to the city's Community Development Department.
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 millions of dollars in compensation to assist them with short- and long-term financial needs.
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
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|
|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
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 Wheelmen, 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 15,000 bike helmets to children across Massachusetts, with help from over 35 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.
MassBike provides information about bicycling issues and advocacy in Massachusetts.
|New England Mountain Bike Association|| |
| Charles River Wheelmen |
|Northeast Bicycle Club|
|Bikes Not Bombs|| |
|Boston Cyclists Union|