Bike Laws in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, bike accidents, unfortunately, happen much too frequently. Drivers frequently don't know the laws and regulations that apply to bikes. Contact Foti Law to talk with our accomplished Malden Bike Lawyers at Foti Law who specializes in pursuing bicycle accident lawsuits about your case if you or a loved one has been hurt while biking.
To ensure that you are always riding lawfully, it's crucial to learn Massachusetts' specific bike laws as they differ slightly from those of many other states. Our Massachusetts Bike lawyers will thoroughly explain the litigation process and respond to any urgent concerns you may have about the settlement, current and future medical expenses, lost earnings compensation, and other facets of your case. We are knowledgeable in Massachusetts law as it relates to bicycle accident lawsuits, and we'll be there for you every step of the way to ease your concerns.
Massachusetts Bike Laws
MGL c.85 § 11B is Massachusetts’s primary bicycle law that governs where and how bicycles can be ridden, as well as the necessary safety gear, riding through traffic, and using sidewalks. It also states that helmets are required for children under the age of sixteen.
Roads to be Used for Cycling
In general, all roads can be used for cycling. Bicyclists have the right to utilize all commonwealth public ways except limited access or express state roads where signs expressly banning bicycles have been posted according to Massachusetts law. In other words, cyclists are allowed to utilize all roads in Massachusetts except for that restricted access and major highways where bicycles are expressly prohibited by posted signs.
Accessibility on Sidewalks
This is generally not allowed. Unless otherwise prohibited by local law, bicycles may be ridden on sidewalks outside commercial districts when necessary in the interest of safety. In other words, Massachusetts only permits riding on the sidewalks when it would be dangerous to do anything else and a bicycle accident would happen. Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians when traveling on sidewalks and offer a verbal (loud) indication when passing them. In certain cities, riding on the sidewalk is prohibited. Perhaps in other communities as well.
Stopping at Red Lights
You must stop at every red light. With a few minor exceptions, bikers in Massachusetts are subject to all the same traffic laws as other drivers. Cycling permitted to pass cars on the right is one of these exceptions.
There are other important laws to know as well, which is why it is important to contact our Massachusetts Bike lawyers.
Compensation for Bicyclists Who Get Hurt
The responsible driver's motor vehicle liability insurance as well as the insurance on a vehicle that the cyclist or a family member owns are all forms of insurance that can be used to assist pay for personal injury claims.
According to Massachusetts law, there will be up to $8,000 in personal injury protection benefits (often known as "no-fault" benefits) when a vehicle crashes with a bicycle. These benefits can be used to cover medical expenses and lost income. Even if the motorist wasn't careless, they are still eligible for these benefits. The following additional damages might be provided to bicycle accident victims:
- medical expenses
- lost income
- Disability and scarring
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of pleasure in life
Our Massachusetts Bike lawyers can pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of your family when a cyclist is killed due to another person's negligence. A court may grant punitive damages.
How to Proceed if You Were Injured in a Bicycle Accident
First, get emergency medical help for your injuries. Your health comes first and foremost. Then, call a knowledgeable Massachusetts Bike lawyer at Foti Law after compiling all the information you have about your accident, including witness names, insurance information, medical records and bills, and pictures.
Get the name of the person from whom you purchased the bike as well as the manufacturer's contact information if a bike item is malfunctioning. You should speak with a Malden Bike Lawyer at Foti Law with experience in bicycle accident cases to learn more about your legal options and to ensure that they are upheld, as the prompt investigation and preservation of evidence, along with witness testimony, are frequently essential components in proving a personal injury claim.
Any bicycle accident that results in personal injury or property damage that exceeds $100 must be reported to the local police. Unless someone is unable to do so owing to injury, the accident report must be submitted within 5 days. Having legal counsel on your side may make the process considerably simpler. An attorney can also assist you in filing a claim with the auto insurance companies, including both your own insurance company and the insurer for the vehicle that hit you. You have a certain amount of time to bring your claim since these instances are subject to the Massachusetts statute of limitations.
A driver's carelessness may be apparent following a bicycle collision. You might be able to file a claim to recover financial damages for your losses. However, the reality is that insurance companies frequently hesitate to fully compensate bikers for claims. Because of this, it's critical to work with our Malden Bike Lawyers who have a track record of obtaining full compensation for cyclists, including damages for pain and suffering and lost future wages. Additionally, you ought to engage with a lawyer you have confidence in and can trust.
Contact Our Malden Bike Lawyers
When an unprotected bike shares the road with heavy vehicles like cars and trucks, safety is of the utmost importance. These laws were enacted by the Massachusetts legislature to specify standards for bike usage and to provide clear regulations for cyclists so that everyone using the roads is aware of the rules of the road concerning one another. The pillars of safe cycling are, of course, riding sensibly and being aware of the circumstances at all times.
Get in touch with our Malden Bike Lawyers at Foti Law for a consultation if you or a loved one is hurt in a bicycle accident.