Somerville Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Breakstone, White & Gluck is Committed to Safety for Cyclists and Pedestrians in Somerville and Massachusetts
Somerville has seen serious accidents involving cyclists, pedestrians and drivers and in response, the city has worked to improve safety. The attorneys of Breakstone, White & Gluck have over 100 years combined experience representing those who have been injured by negligence. We have actively worked to make Somerville safer for cyclists, donating children's bicycle helmets through our Project KidSafe campaign each year since 2013. If you have been injured, learn your rights before taking any action. Our attorneys offer a free legal consultation. Call 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.
Cycling Accidents in Somerville and New Infrastructure
From Davis Square to Assembly Square, Somerville is known for cycling. Just north of Boston, the city has over 77,000 residents and covers about four-square miles, making it one of New England's most densely populated communities. Many cyclists are commuters, traveling to Cambridge and Boston for work or college.
Higher risk areas include Inman Square in neighboring Cambridge near the city line and Davis Square. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation reported Inman Square was the leading site in all Massachusetts for crashes injuring cyclists between 2002 and 2010. Davis Square was among the top sites for pedestrian accidents. Another highly traveled area is along the Medford border, where Tufts University has offices in both Medford and Somerville.
The city has developed over 30 miles of bike lanes, sharrows and off-street paths in recent years and continues to make improvements. In 2016, the city and MassHighway planned to update Beacon Street, with on-street marked bike lanes and cycletracks to physical separate cyclists from traffic. Project plans also called for new traffic signal upgrades between Oxford Street and the Cambridge line. Meanwhile, the city of Cambridge began reviewing plans for making Inman Square safer for cyclists, after the tragic death of cyclist Amanda Phillips in June 2016.
The Somerville Bicycle Committee regularly conducts cyclist counts. The 2013 cyclist count shows a 46 percent increase over 2011 and a 56 percent increase over 2010. The busiest areas were Union Square and Beacon Street, which saw more than 350 cyclists in one hour during peak commuting hours. The committee reported cyclists were more likely to use streets with bike lanes and many were not choosing the Somerville Community Path, which cyclists share with pedestrians and has slower traffic.
Somerville has gained national recognition as a leading bicycle community by media outlets and organizations. The Bike League of America gave Somerville a bronze award on its 2012 list of Bicycle Friendly Communities in 2012.
Resources for Cycling in SomervilleMassachusetts Bicycle Laws. Before you ride, cyclists should understand the basics of Massachusetts cycling laws. Please take time to read our Quick Facts About Cycling In Massachusetts guide.
Somerville Bicycle Regulations. The Somerville Bicycle Committee maintains maps about construction projects and sends regular safety updates for cyclists. The Somerville Police Department asks bicyclists who live in Somerville to register their bikes with the department in case of theft or accident.
It is important to learn about bike lanes before you ride in Somerville. Cyclists are permitted to ride on sidewalks, except in Somerville business districts, including:
- Davis Square
- Porter Square
- Union Square
- Inman Square
- Teele Square
- Ball Square
- Magoun Square
Our Project KidSafe partners in Somerville:
- Kiwanis Club of Somerville
- Somerville Public Schools
- Cycle Kids
- Somerville Police Department
- Shift Bicycle Collective
- Groundworks Somerville
What Should You Do If You Have Been Injured on a Bicycle?If you have been injured in a Somerville bike accident, seek immediate medical attention from a doctor or emergency room. If you sustained injuries or have to miss work, contact an experienced bike accident lawyer to protect your rights.
When a motorist collides with a cyclist, 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. Then there are additional insurance sources which cyclists need to pay for bike injury claims, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by the negligence of the responsible driver.
Contact Breakstone, White & Gluck
The lawyers of Breakstone, White & Gluck have over 100 years combined experience representing injured cyclists in Massachusetts. We hope the resources on this page help you ride safely. But if you are ever injured, it is important to learn your rights. Feel free to contact us for a free legal consultation at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.