Choose a Qualified Cambridge Cycling Accident Attorney
Cycling safety is strongly promoted in Cambridge by the city, colleges, industry and even elementary schools, which offer training as part of physical education programs. As a result, the city has tripled its cycling population over the past decade and been recognized by national cycling organizations.
In Cambridge and across Massachusetts, cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists, but often drivers do not watch out for bicycles. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, learn your rights. The lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck of Boston have extensive experience representing clients injured in Boston and Cambridge cycling accidents. We are also active in these communities promoting safety, by supporting cycling clubs and making bike helmet donations to children.
For a free legal consultation, contact us at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form. We also invite you to watch our video below.
Where Cambridge Bicycle Accidents Happen
Cambridge is a busy commuting area. The city has over 106,000 residents and even more commuters pass through from Medford, Somerville, Watertown and Boston. The city’s largest employers include Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Mount Auburn Hospital, and pharmaceutical companies such as Vertex and Biogen.
While many commuters come by car, bus or subway, a growing number are on bicycles. In fact, the city of Cambridge reports that 75 percent of its households now own two or more bicycles. The city has made significant efforts to improve safety by expanding bike lanes, adding bike signals in Harvard and Porter squares and updating zoning to create more parking. For these steps, Cambridge has been recognized by organizations such as The League of American Bicyclists.
But even with these measures, drivers do not always follow the law. Eight of the state’s top 10 bicycle crash areas are in Cambridge, according to the Massachusetts Highway Department, in its 2002-2010 reporting. Line Street, near the Somerville border, saw the most bicycle accidents. Green Street, near Inman and Albany streets, closely followed.
Other areas on the list: Massachusetts Avenue, the Alewife Brook Parkway near Arlington and Memorial Drive.
Bicycle and Driving Laws in Cambridge and Massachusetts
Under Massachusetts law, cyclists can ride on the road or the side of the road. The city of Cambridge also offers bike lanes in many areas. Motorists cannot travel in bike lanes in Cambridge, but they can use them to turn or enter a parking space.
Cyclists are not permitted to ride on sidewalks in many areas, including Central Square, Harvard Square, Inman Square or Porter Square. Many sections of Massachusetts Avenue are also banned. If you want to use the sidewalk, you must walk your bike.
Drivers must follow the traffic laws. They must pass cyclists at a safe distance. If it is unsafe to pass, they must wait. Motorists must yield the right of way when making left turns and yield to you as you travel.
Drivers and their passengers also have to take care when opening doors. They cannot interfere with your path of travel or cause you injury by opening a door into you.
Contact Breakstone, White & Gluck
The lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck have over 90 years combined experience handling personal injury claims, including cycling accidents. We know the Cambridge community as lawyers who have represented injured clients and through our bike helmet donation campaign. In 2013, we donated 1,000 bike helmets to children in Greater Boston, including 300 to CYCLE Kids and the Morse School in Cambridge.
David really cared about me as an individual…and he really cared about seeking the justice that needed to be sought in the case. Peter
Ron got the insurance company to settle for the maximum on the policy. And so as a result of that, my son went back to school. Jeff
Marc just guided us through the whole process. He told us exactly what would happen and how we needed to go about doing everything. Jesenia
I would recommend David…The outcome of my case, I was very pleased with it. I hope I don't have another accident, but if I do we'll be back to see David. Paul
Ron was excellent. He was on top of everything. He answered every question. John
Marc was extremely professional. I felt very confident that he knew exactly what he was doing. This is his area of practice and I had total confidence in him and I actually have recommended him to other people who have been in accidents. Josh
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