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Boston Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Boston Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Were you or a loved one injured in a bicycle accident in Boston, MA? Did someone else cause the accident? An experienced Boston bicycle accident lawyer at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP can help you get the fair compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering that you deserve. 

Since we were founded more than a decade ago, our attorneys have been driven in our fight to achieve justice for accident victims–and we’ve already recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation.

If you were hurt, you don’t have to take on the insurance company alone. Just call our law firm in Boston, Massachusetts to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your legal rights.

How Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP Can Help After a Bicycle Accident in Boston

How Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP Can Help After a Bicycle Accident in Boston

The people responsible for your accident aren’t just going to hand over a check to cover your losses. When a negligent driver causes a crash, their insurance company will ultimately be responsible for paying the victims. The insurance company will usually do everything possible to undervalue–or even deny–your injury claim.

At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, our Boston personal injury attorneys have over 100 years of experience between us. We didn’t get this far by backing down from a fight. On the contrary, we’re dedicated to do everything we can to get the maximum compensation for our injured clients.

It’s important to have a skilled attorney by your side because:

  • Insurance companies know what your case is worth–and they’ll do everything they can to pay less
  • The at-fault party might try to blame you for the accident, and you need someone to fight back to minimize your role
  • It’s hard to know what your case is worth, but our lawyers will hire experts and specialists to support your case
  • Negotiating with insurance companies can be stressful–having a lawyer by your side gives you a chance to focus on your recovery

Are you ready to learn more? Call an experienced Boston personal injury attorney to give yourself the best chance of recovering the full and fair compensation you deserve.

How Common Are Bicycle Accidents in Boston?

Bicycling has become extremely popular in Boston. In recent years, the city has installed more than 60 miles of bike lanes. At four locations in Boston, the city of Boston counted an average of at least 1,000 cyclists per day in 2019 in the summer months. 

They include:

  • Massachusetts Avenue Bridge north of Back Street (3,873 bikes)
  • Commonwealth Avenue west of Silber Way (1,309 bikes)
  • Longwood Avenue east of Pilgrim Road (1,291 bikes)
  • Seaport Boulevard west of Sleeper Street (1,132 bikes)

During the fall, the city counted at least 1,000 bikes per day at 17 locations.

Unfortunately, 21 bicyclists also lost their lives in fatal bicycle accidents over the past three years. Thousands more are involved in bike wrecks every year.

What is My Boston Bicycle Accident Case Worth?

What is My Boston Bicycle Accident Case Worth?

Negligent parties are responsible for paying compensation for the victim’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Some of those costs are easy to quantify.

For example, the value of your past medical bills is established by simply showing the amount you had to pay.

It’s more difficult to assign a dollar value to other types of damages. That’s why we work with experts who can offer evidence about your future costs and insight into your intangible losses, like pain and suffering.

Some factors that are important in putting a dollar value on your case include:

  • The severity/permanence of the injury
  • Whether you lost wages, income, and job opportunities
  • How the injury impacted your day-to-day life
  • The need for future care
  • The emotional trauma of the accident and injury

Every personal injury case is different. Our attorneys take an aggressive approach in demanding compensation for your losses–and we know how to negotiate to get what’s fair.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Bicycle Accident Victims?

Bike accident victims are entitled to reimbursement for their costs, or economic damages. They’re also entitled to non-economic damages to make up for the emotional toll of the accident.

Our attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP will fight to recover full economic and non-economic damages if you were hurt in a crash.

That includes compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earning potential
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehab 
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Damages for wrongful death

Your expenses can start to add up quickly if you were seriously hurt. You might not even be able to work to cover your daily living expenses. Give us a call today to learn more about how we’ll fight to get every dollar you deserve.

Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Bicycle Accident in Massachusetts?

Often, accident cases aren’t clear victories for either side. That means the other party might try to blame you for causing the accident. However, you can still recover damages as long as you weren’t primarily responsible for the accident.

Massachusetts follows a modified comparative negligence law. Accident victims can recover compensation as long as they were less than 51% “at fault” for the accident. Your compensation award can be reduced to account for whatever share of the blame is allocated to you.

If the insurance company tries to blame you for getting hurt, it’s important to speak with an experienced lawyer right away. These accusations can limit the amount of compensation you take home for your injuries–and they might prevent you from getting any money at all. At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, we’re here to help you fight back.

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Bicycle Accident Injuries

Bicycle accident injuries tend to be severe even if you were wearing a helmet. The bicycle itself just can’t offer the same safety protection as a motor vehicle.

Our attorneys represent all bicycle accident victims in Boston, including those who have sustained:

You deserve to be fairly compensated for all of your injuries. You might be surprised at the cost of your medical care–even if you’re expected to make a full recovery. Our personal injury attorneys will fight to get the full amount you deserve.

What Causes Most Bicycle Accidents in Boston, Massachusetts?

What Causes Most Bicycle Accidents in Boston, Massachusetts?

Bicycling is so common in Boston that the city itself has taken steps to redesign the streets. In fact, Massachusetts state law now gives cyclists the right to nearly all public streets in Boston.

Still, bicycle accidents in Boston remain common. Some of the most common causes of bike accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way 
  • Unsafe passing
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving
  • Illegal lane changes
  • Illegal or unsafe turns
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Drunk driving
  • Road hazards 

If you were hurt, our bicycle accident attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP know how to identify the cause. 

We help with all types of bicycle accident cases, including those involving:

  • “Dooring”, where a vehicle opens a door into the bicycle’s path
  • Bicycle accidents involving city buses
  • Accidents involving negligently designed intersections
  • Accidents involving defective vehicle components, manholes, or other dangerous equipment

Give us a call today so that we can look into your crash and find out what caused your injuries.

How Do I Prove Negligence After a Bicycle Accident in Massachusetts? 

Most car accidents involving bicycles happen because a driver was careless. It’s not enough to simply say that’s the cause, however–you have to have proof that the responsible party was negligent.

In legal terms, this means proving the four key “elements” of negligence:

  • The responsible party owed you a “duty of care”
  • The person breached that duty by failing to exercise reasonable caution
  • The breach caused your injuries
  • You suffered damages

If you need help finding evidence to back your claim, help is just a phone call away. Call Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP to schedule a free case review today.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Bicycle Accident in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, you have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time limit is called the statute of limitations. There isn’t much wiggle room when it comes to the statute of limitations. Once three years have passed since the date of your bike accident, you lose the right to sue for compensation.

Contact A Boston Bicycle Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Were you or a loved one hurt in a bicycle accident? We know it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. An experienced Boston bicycle accident lawyer at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP can fight to recover the fair compensation you need to put the accident in the past.

Ready to learn more? Call our law offices and schedule your free consultation today. 

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