Worcester Bicycle Accident
Worcester is one of New England's largest metropolitan regions, a center of commercial activity, performing arts, and education, with several elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, private and parochial schools, and a host of colleges. The city is hospitable to commuters, who can access the city daily via several major highways, and offer a host of both public and private employment prospects. With such a high population and with so many cars on the road, the possibility of a bicycle accident-with another bicycle, a car, or a pedestrian-becomes quite real. If you are Worcester resident and have been injured in a bike accident in the city or elsewhere, or a visitor to the city and have been involved in a bike accident, you are advised to contact a seasoned Worcester, Massachusetts bicycle accident attorney.
Despite its health benefits, convenience, and low cost, bicycling can be a dangerous activity if not undertaken with proper safety measures, especially on main roads. Bikers' only form of protection from the elements, whether poor weather conditions, trees, or others on the road, is a helmet-an important form of protection that, unfortunately, too many bikers fail to wear. Among other laws, Massachusetts bikers must:
- obey all traffic laws, like drivers
- give pedestrians the right of way
- use hand signals (either hand) to indicate stopping and turning
- wear a helmet, if 16 years of age or younger
Although some hearty souls bike year round, braving the cold weather, the number of bikers on the roads in Worcester and throughout Massachusetts increases substantially in the spring. Unfortunately, drivers are often unaccustomed to sharing the road with bicyclists after a long, snowy winter, increasing the risk of bicycle accidents. At the law offices of Altman and Altman LLP, our Worcester bike accident lawyers will determine if you have a viable personal injury claim and advocate for the maximum compensation for your pain and suffering, whether via settlement, mediation, arbitration or trial.
The types and severity of bicycle accident injuries cover a wide spectrum. From bruises to broken bones to brain and spinal cord injuries, injuries are unpredictable and require many different types of care. Recovery for injuries may require hospitalization, medications, physical therapy, mental illness counseling, and transportation assistance. Understandably, many people may have difficultly affording continuing, extensive treatment, and have concerns like the following: Do I have any insurance coverage for this type of accident? Who will pay my bills? How will I travel to work without my bike? Can I get it fixed or replaced?
Unfortunately, fatalities of bikers struck by cars are much more common than you might predict. If a loved one has been killed in a bicycle accident, you may also be eligible to file a wrongful death suit. Dealing with the consequences of a serious bicycle accident-which may include extensive medical bills and insurance issues-can be complicated, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The Worcester, 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.