Quincy Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Over the years, cycling has grown more popular in Quincy and other South Shore communities. It is important to remember that cyclists have the right to travel on all roads and bike lanes in Quincy, unless posted otherwise. In turn, drivers have a responsibility to provide cyclists with adequate space. But this doesn't always happen.
If you have been injured in a Quincy bicycle accident, we know you have many questions about your medical care and getting back to work. Most people cannot afford to lose any time on the job. At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our attorneys understand these critical concerns. We have more than 100 years combined experience and have a track record of advocating for our clients and helping them obtain the maximum compensation available for injuries and financial losses.
Aside from our work as attorneys, Breakstone, White & Gluck is proud to make a special commitment to safety in Quincy and other communities. Each year, our attorneys partner with the Quincy Police Department as part of our Project KidSafe campaign, donating free bicycle helmets to children through community programming. To date, we have donated more than 25,000 bicycle helmets across Massachusetts.
On this page:
- Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents Leading to Injury Claims
- Where Bicycle Accidents Can Happen in Quincy
- How to Report a Bicycle Accident in Quincy
- Financial Compensation for Injured Cyclists in Massachusetts
- Our Project KidSafe Campaign Gives Free Helmets to Children in Quincy
Speeding. Speeding causes a large number of bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents in the Boston area. In 2017, the Quincy City Council voted to lower the city’s default speed limit to 25 mph with a goal of reducing injuries.
Failure to yield at intersections. Drivers must yield to bicyclists going straight through an intersection.
Left and right turn accidents. Whether turning left or right, drivers have a responsibility to always check for cyclists. This is true at intersections as well as other roads.
Dooring accidents. Drivers who park and open a vehicle's door without checking can hit a cyclist, causing severe injuries. In Quincy, dooring accidents or near accidents are common in business areas where drivers park along the side of the street, such as Quincy Center, where Quincy City Hall, Presidents Place and the United First Parish Church are located. However, dooring crashes can also happen in residential or other areas when drivers neglect to look.
Truck crashes injuring cyclists. In Quincy, 18-wheel trucks and other commercial vehicles travel in daily from the I-93 Expressway. When drivers fail to check mirrors and take corners too quickly, the worst can happen. Cyclists can be hit, swept under a truck carriage and sometimes dragged. When a truck accident injures a cyclist, it is in the cyclist’s best interest to contact an experienced Quincy bicycle accident lawyer immediately to investigate.
Bike lane accidents. Quincy is working to develop bike lanes to help cyclists ride safely. In 2013, the City of Quincy built its first bike lanes on Adams Street. The lanes run from the Milton border to Furnace Brook Parkway. Unfortunately, drivers do not always respect bike lanes, even parking in them at times, causing injuries to cyclists.Where Bicycle Accidents Can Happen in Quincy
Quincy is the eighth largest city in Massachusetts. Just south of Boston, Quincy is home to more than 93,000 residents and is served by four MBTA stops on the Red Line. Many areas are known for wide lanes and drivers must take extra caution to watch for cyclists and pedestrians before turning.
One area where cyclists are vulnerable is Hancock Street in Quincy Center, which sits along Route 3A and travels out over the Fore River Bridge into Weymouth, then the rest of the South Shore. Another area is Wollaston Beach and Quincy Shore Drive. Quincy has 27 miles of beautiful coastline and cyclists should be able to enjoy it along with everyone else. The reality is traffic is challenging. Drivers who use cell phones add another level of danger.How to Report a Bicycle Accident in Quincy
As a bicyclist in Massachusetts, you are required to report any accident resulting in personal injury or property damage over $100 to the local police department (M.G.L. c. 85, § 11B). The Quincy Police Department is located at 1 Sea Street.
Cyclists should visit a doctor or hospital for medical treatment first. A doctor can examine you for head injuries and other serious complications, then begin treatment.
Cyclists who are involved on bike crashes on shared bikes also have a responsibility to report accidents to both police and the company providing rentals, as stated in your membership agreement.
In 2018, the City of Quincy contracted with the bicycle sharing company ofo to bring 200 dock-less bicycles into the city. This was a short-lived arrangement. LimeBike is now the city's bike share provider.Financial Compensation for Injured Cyclists in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, cyclists who are injured are provided up to $8,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance from the at-fault driver's insurance policy. This pays for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. But $8,000 is not enough to cover losses in most bicycle accidents. This is why one wants to consult a lawyer.
Our lawyers can begin an immediate investigation, interviewing witnesses, canvassing for security camera surveillance and working with police. We can also can explain your legal rights and identify what coverage is available from the driver's auto insurance policy. If the driver has no insurance or only carries the minimum amount required by Massachusetts law, our lawyers can look at other potential sources of compensation if necessary.Breakstone, White & Gluck's Project KidSafe Campaign Gives Free Helmets in Quincy
Breakstone, White & Gluck and our lawyers are pleased to partner with the Quincy Police Department as part of our Project KidSafe campaign. We donate 200 bicycle helmets each year for police officers to give to children who need one and at community events which teach bicycle safety. We launched our Project KidSafe campaign in 2013 and donate bicycle helmets across Massachusetts because we have seen the devastation cyclists and others can suffer from head injuries. Cyclists cannot always prevent bicycle accidents, but they can limit the risk of head injuries by wearing a properly fitted helmet. Our lawyers encourage children to wear helmets from their first ride.Contact Breakstone, White & Gluck for a Free Legal Consultation
The lawyers of Breakstone, White & Gluck provide a free legal consultation. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact us to learn your legal rights at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676. You may also use our contact form.