Cyclists Have Rights
Our Attorneys Fight For Them
Cycling has become increasingly popular among riders of all ages in recent years. Unfortunately, even the safest riders get seriously hurt in accidents caused by drivers on back roads and busy streets in Boston, Hartford and everywhere in between in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
When these accidents happen, the consequences can be devastating. Cyclists frequently sustain serious injuries that require weeks or months to recover. And even then, many injured bike riders never fully recover. Bicycle accidents that result in fatalities also sadly sometimes occur.
Whatever type of bicycle injury you're dealing with, make sure you take your bicycle accident seriously right from the start. Make sure you contact The Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone in Massachusetts or The Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli in Connecticut. Our bicycle accident lawyers can help you make things right.
What are common causes of bicycle accidents?
Bicycle accidents caused by someone else happen for many different reasons. The most common causes of bike crashes include:
- Drivers failing to stop at intersection - Many drivers crash into cyclists at intersections. Often, it's because the drivers claim they didn't "see" the cyclist riding through the intersection or crossing the street. That's no excuse. Cyclists have just as much right as anyone else to use the road and drivers needs to respect their space.
- Drivers not paying attention - Many drivers don't focus on the road or the people around them. Instead, they're texting while driving, talking on the phone or engaging in other dangerous activities behind the wheel. As a result, distracted drivers often cause accidents involving cyclists who are following the rules of the road.
- Speeding drivers - Many people drive too fast. And when they do, they don't have time to slow down or react to other people around them, including cyclists. Because cyclists, like pedestrians, have little protection against collisions involving speeding cars or trucks, the injuries riders sustain can be severe.
- Aggressive drivers - Motorists are supposed to share the road with cyclists. Unfortunately, many drivers consider cyclists a nuisance and don't leave enough space between their cars and bikers using the road. Nearly every cyclist has stories involving motorists who drive too close or sometimes even run them off the road. Who knows why certain people have declared war on the bike. But they have - and they put cyclists at risk.
- Drunk drivers - Drinking and driving can be a dangerous combination, especially when bicycles are added to the mix. Drunk drivers often don't drive straight; they may veer off the road and hit cyclists. And when they do, many drunk drivers flee the scene, leaving injured cyclists on the side of the road instead of calling the police for help.
Whatever type of cycling accident you're dealing with, make sure you have someone on your side who stands up for your rights and helps you get the compensation you rightfully deserve. Make sure you contact our law firm today. A delay could affect your ability to win your case.
"What should I do after my bike accident?"
We strongly recommend taking the following steps after your bicycle accident in Massachusetts or Connecticut:
- Call the police - Don't try to deal with the driver who caused your crash on your own. Contact the authorities and ask them to respond to your accident. Having an official police report for your accident can help clear up any possible confusion later about who caused your crash.
- Seek immediate medical attention - Even if your injuries seem minor, have a medical professional examine you. You could have a life-threatening internal Having an independent, medical record of your accident often makes it easier for you to be compensated for your injuries.
- Get the driver's personal information - People who cause cycling accidents sometimes take a casual view of such accidents. That's why it's critical that you obtain the driver's full name, address, phone number and insurance information immediately after your accident, before he or she speeds off.
- Talk to witnesses - If someone saw your accident, talk to them immediately. Get their full name, address and phone number before they leave. Witness testimony can be invaluable when it comes to obtaining compensation for your bicycle accident.
- Take photographs - If you're still at the crash scene, take photos of your accident. If you have already left the scene of your accident, take pictures of damage to your bicycle, your injuries and anything else that might seem important to your case. Details matter. And the more information you have to build your case, the better.
- Contact us - When you have an experienced attorney on your side, you can demand the compensation you rightfully deserve for your accident.
"How can a lawyer help me with my bicycle accident?"
Even if your bicycle accident seems straightforward, that's doesn't mean you automatically receive compensation for your injuries. Drivers who cause accidents involving cyclists often deny doing anything wrong. They might even point the finger at you and try to claim that you did something to cause the collision.
We know the games drivers - and insurance companies - try to play. When they point the finger at you, we're prepared to fight back and stand up for you rights. We know what evidence to look for after a bicycle accident (location and length of skid marks, location of damage to vehicle, etc.) to build a strong legal case.
We're prepared to do whatever it takes to help you get your life back on track. Whether it's carefully reviewing your accident report or consulting with bicycle accident experts, we know how to find the facts you need to win your case. Call 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 and schedule your free case evaluation right now. Our law firms have 18 offices located in Connecticut and Massachusetts, including ones in Boston, Hartford, New Haven and Worcester. Wherever your bike accident happened, we're here for you.