Cambridge, Massachusetts is a major city for bicycling. It is one of the most common ways to get around the city. Unfortunately, a high number of cyclists means a high number of bicycle accidents each year – mainly due to negligent and reckless drivers. The city reports hundreds of serious bicyclist and pedestrian accidents annually.
At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, we care about Cambridge’s bicyclists. Our priority is the safety of the community. Holding at-fault parties accountable for causing bike accidents can improve overall safety in the future. It can also give individual victims much-needed financial compensation. If you were in a bicycle accident in Cambridge, please contact us to discuss your case with an attorney. You may be eligible for damage recovery.
Identifying the cause of a bicycle accident is one of the first steps toward achieving compensation. In Massachusetts, an accident victim can bring a claim against the at-fault party if his or her injuries are serious enough to meet the state’s tort threshold. Broken bones meet this threshold, as do any permanent injuries, scars or disfigurement. More minor injuries may only give you grounds for a first-party insurance claim, regardless of fault. Either way, determining fault could help you better understand your case.
Once your lawyers determine the cause of your bicycle accident, they can help you go up against the appropriate defendant in pursuit of compensation. This could be a driver, roadway designer, maintenance crew, bicycle manufacturer or a variety of parties. At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, we fight for maximum compensation for all of our clients. If that means taking a defendant to trial, that is the route we will take in Middlesex County on your behalf.
A bicycle accident can be significantly damaging for a bicyclist. Even while wearing a helmet, serious injuries are likely. Common injuries associated with bike accidents include bone fractures, pulled muscles, road rash, lacerations, head and brain injuries, concussions, neck injuries, and back injuries. It could cost the victim thousands of dollars to treat his or her bicycle accident injuries, on top of dealing with lost wages and property damage.
A civil claim could be what a victim needs to finally move past a bad bicycle accident. A claim could reimburse the victim for damages such as bicycle repairs, income losses, health care expenses, legal fee and out-of-pocket costs. It could also provide compensation for intangible damages such as physical pain and emotional suffering, including post-traumatic stress disorder. A positive outcome for an injury case could yield compensation, justice and closure for an injured cyclist in Cambridge.
It is important to put your own rights and best interests first as the victim of a bicycle accident in Cambridge. Insurance companies, the driver and other parties may try to take advantage of you during the claims process. Protect yourself by hiring an attorney from the start. If you or a loved one is the victim of a bike accident, please contact Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP for a free consultation. We may be able to help you obtain compensation. Call (617) 391-9001 today.