The number of bicyclists has risen dramatically across Massachusetts over the last decade. And with that increase has come a similar rise in the number of bicycle accidents. Just between 2010 and 2012, bicycle accidents in Massachusetts rose 12%, with about 70% of those accidents resulting in injuries. Unfortunately, many of those injuries are serious because bicyclists typically have very little protection from motor vehicles and other outside elements. Injuries from bicycle accidents often include minor scraps and cuts, broken bones, head injuries, and even death. In Boston alone, at least 13 people have been killed in bicycle accidents over the last 5 years, with victims ranging in age from 8 to 74. Given that cities and towns in Massachusetts are investing significant funding into expanding infrastructure for bicyclists, these numbers are expected to continue to rise.
Massachusetts Law Regarding Bicycle Accidents
Under Massachusetts law, if you are struck by a motor vehicle while riding a bicycle, you are entitled to up to $8,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) benefits to cover medical bills, lost wages, and replacement services. These benefits are available to bicyclists regardless of who caused the accident. If the driver of the motor vehicle was negligent, a bicyclist also has a right to pursue the bodily injury insurance coverage of the driver and/or owner of the vehicle. In many cases, given the severity of injuries that often result from bicycle accidents, there may not be enough bodily injury insurance available. In that case, bicyclists can look to their own motor vehicle insurance coverage to pursue underinsured motorist coverage.
Were You Injured in a Bicycle Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you may have a lot of unanswered questions. Who will pay your medical bills? Who will fix or replace your bike? What are your rights if you are disabled as a result of your injuries? Can you pursue a claim for pain and suffering? Are you entitled to any benefits under your own motor vehicle insurance police? Under Massachusetts law, these can be very complicated questions that depend on the details of your accident. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, it is often in your best interest to consult with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer.
At Keches Law Group, P.C., we deal with bicycle accidents and similar cases every day. Our experienced bicycle accident attorneys are prepared to protect and aggressively fight for our clients’ rights. We have decades of experience dealing with insurance companies and litigating bicycle accident cases across Massachusetts in order to recover for medical bills, lost wages, property damage and pain and suffering. Keches Law Group understands how much a bicycle accident can affect your life and the people that depend on you. We are here to listen, to guide you through this difficult time, and to aggressively advocate for your rights.