Riding a bike is a great way to commute. Thanks to great bicycle infrastructure in many cities of Massachusetts, including Boston, riding a bike to work may even be faster than driving or using public transit. In addition to being an efficient way to commute, riding a bike has other benefits, including improved heart health, muscle development, and potentially mental health benefits thanks to fresh air and being outdoors. 

Commuter biking has become so popular that there are tens of thousands of bicycle trips taken every day in Boston, with a large percentage of those being trips to and from work. Unfortunately, however, biking can also have some risks, including the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle collision. 

Bicycle Accident Statistics in Massachusetts

Mass.gov reports that over the past five years for which data is available (2017=2021), bicyclist deaths accounted for two percent of total motor vehicle accident fatalities across the state, with an average of seven bicyclist deaths per year. 

The data shows that most bicycle accident fatalities in Massachusetts involve males, occur between July and November, and are most likely to take place between 12:00-6:00 p.m. A large percentage of bicycle accidents—nearly 30 percent—occurred at an intersection. 

Negligence in a Commuter Bike Accident

When a bicycle accident happens that leaves a bicyclist with injuries, it’s important that an investigation is opened to determine how the accident occurred. Nearly all bicycle accidents are preventable and would not occur but for the negligence of one of the parties involved. Negligence is the failure to exercise the appropriate degree of care for the situation. 

Examples of driver negligence that can lead to commuter bike accidents include:

  • Using a cellphone while driving
  • Failing to yield at an intersection
  • Speeding
  • Driving too close to the bike lane
  • Failing to look for oncoming cyclists before making a right hand turn
  • Driving while impaired
  • Driving aggressively

If a driver’s negligence was the cause of the crash, the bicyclist has the right to hold the driver liable for damages. 

Recovering Damages After a Crash

The damages suffered by a cyclist involved in a commuter bike accident may be severe and include losses in the form of medical bills, lost wages, property damage costs, and physical pain and mental suffering. These damages may total into the tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more!). In order for an injured cyclist to recover their full compensation amount, they will need to be able to prove both the extent of their damages and that the accident would not have occurred but for the negligence of the driver involved (or another at-fault party). 

Call a Personal Injury Attorney in Massachusetts Today 

If you have been involved in a commuter bike accident, you may be coping with severe and life-changing injuries. At the office of Tetzel Law, our Massachusetts commuter bicycle accident attorneys know what you’re going through and are here to help. Reach out to our law firm today for a free consultation where you can learn more about your right to recovery and how our lawyers can support you. You can contact us online or by phone at (617) 742-1700.