Everyone remembers their first bicycle. Bikes — not cars — are usually the first taste of freedom a child has, and many people continue to use that freedom when they get older.
Some cities are very bicyclist friendly, but cities like Boston have been working adamantly to make their town more bicycle savvy while lowering the amount of bicycle accidents every year by passing new laws and creating new streets and lanes for bike riders.
As bicycle accident lawyers, we believe all commuters have the right to use their wheels of choice: two wheels with pedal power or four wheels with engine power. Bicycling continues to be a good way to get to where you are going as well as get a little exercise, too. Riding a bike to work is also environmentally friendly
Unfortunately, some cities do not place the same emphasis on bicyclists that others do, and bike riders are often in danger of personal injury in those cities. Bicycling Magazine rated Boston one of the nation’s “Worst Biking Cities” three times from 1999 to 2006. In 2005, Mayor Thomas M. Menino rode a bike for the first time in a long time and wanted to share the new hobby with his citizens. Menino started an annual cycling event and has been working to make Boston a better biking city.
Since 2007, the city has installed four miles of bike lanes, with plans for another five to 10 miles by the end of 2009. There will also be 500 new bike racks placed throughout Boston to encourage bicycle use.
New laws also attempt to make Boston more bicycle friendly, including one that holds drivers responsible for opening a car door into the path of an oncoming cyclist. City Council will also considering fining motorists who park in bicycle lanes.
The laws and lanes could reduce the amount of injury or wrongful death because of bicycle accidents involving other cars. A bicycle pales in comparison to the size of a car, and a bicycle accident with another car can surely cause a bicyclist to suffer brain injuries (concussions) — that would require the services of brain injury lawyer — and even wrongful death.
As bicycle accident attorneys, we believe bicyclists have a right to be on the road safely just like car drivers do. New laws and building bike lanes can only be beneficial to bicyclists because they provide safer riding in the cities they choose to ride in. Hopefully, the bicycle accident statistics in Boston will go down.
Please contact us for a free consultation with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer — we speak both English and Spanish — at (800) 655-6585. Click here and you may also submit your case for a Free Review. No fee if no recovery.
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Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines