New Bedford, MA Bicycle Accident Lawyer
New Bedford, located about 50 miles south of Boston, is known as the "whaling city" due to its role in the 19th century fishing industry, and today is home to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. This historical seaport city, which serves as a port between Massachusetts mainland and Nantucket Island, is home to 95,000 residents, making it the sixth largest city in Massachusetts. Located on the water, New Bedford offers residents and visitors beautiful walking ambiance, yacht clubs, and views of many recreational boats, ships, and commercial fishing boats. Not surprisingly, fishing and manufacturing are two of the largest industries in New Bedford today, and the city's accessibility to three major roadways provides ample ground transportation for its goods. When warmer weather comes around, bicyclists take advantage of the coastal views and city streets. Many drivers may be unaccustomed to sharing the road with bicyclists after a long, snowy winter, increasing the chances of bicycle accidents.
Massachusetts bike laws provide that bikers must:
- obey all traffic laws
- give pedestrians the right of way
- use hand signals to indicate stopping and turning
- wear a helmet, if 16 years of age or younger
Bicycle accidents can result in minor injuries like scrapes or lacerations, more serious injuries like broken bones, and very serious injuries like brain and spinal cord injuries. At the law offices of Altman and Altman LLP, our New Bedford bike accident lawyers will determine if you have a viable personal injury claim, ensure your bicycle is fixed in a timely manner, help you attain compensation if the bicycle is totaled, and advocate for the maximum compensation for your pain and suffering. Unfortunately, fatalities of bikers struck by cars are much more common than one might imagine. If a loved one has passed away due to a biking injury, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
Victims of a Massachusetts bicycle accidents are often left with many questions. Who will pay for my medical bills? Is there any insurance coverage for this? What will happen if I can't work because of my injuries? Who will fix my bike? Every bicycle accident is different, and even the most minor bike accident can create complicated issues. Whether you are a New Bedford resident and have been injured in New Bedford or elsewhere, or whether you were injured in a visit to the city, our seasoned attorneys are prepared to represent you.
The aftermath of a bicycle accident-medical bills, doctors' appointments, insurance issues, and transportation troubles-can be devastating, and our accident attorneys are dedicated to reducing the financial stress of an accident as greatly as possible. The New Bedford, MA bicycle accident lawyers at Altman & Altman, LLP are available for a free, confidential bicycle accident case consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, at 617.492.3000 or 800.481.6199 (toll free). If you prefer to send an email inquiry, please know that all inquiries are responded to immediately. Note that we take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis: we charge no fee unless you recover. We are conveniently located in Boston and Cambridge. However, if your injuries inhibit your travel to our firm, we are happy to come see you.