According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, 726 bicyclists were killed, and an additional 49,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. Bicyclist deaths accounted for 2 % of all motor vehicle fatalities. Bicyclists were 2% of the people injured in traffic crashes. The number of bicyclists killed in 2012 was 6% higher than those killed in 2011. Of the deaths in 2012, approximately 60% of those crashes did not occur at an intersection, and 48% occurred between 4 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued important safety reminders for all bicyclists, which include:
- All bicyclists should wear a properly fitted helmet each time they ride. A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent any head injury from a bicycle crash.
- Bicyclists are considered motor vehicle operators and are required to follow the same rules of the road as other motor vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signals, signs and lane markings.
- Bicyclists should increase their visibility to motor vehicle drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during both day and night.
- To be noticed at night, a bicyclist should use a front light and a red reflector or flashing rear light, and retro-reflective tape or markings on equipment and clothing.
WERE YOU INJURED IN A BICYCLE ACCIDENT?
Bicyclists in Massachusetts MUST:
- Obey all traffic laws and regulations of the Commonwealth.
- Use hand signals to let people know they are stopping or turning.
- Give pedestrians the right of way.
- Give pedestrians an audible signal before overtaking or passing them.
- If bicyclists are riding side by side, they must allow traffic to pass. This means that bicyclist must ride single file when faster traffic wants to pass, or stay in the right-most lane on a multi-lane road.
- Keep one hand on the handlebars at all times.
- If the bicyclist is 16 years or younger, they must wear a helmet that meets U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requirements on any bicycle, anywhere, at all times. The helmet must fit their head with the chin strap fastened.
- Use a white headlight and red taillight or rear reflector if they are riding anytime from ½ hour after sunset until ½ hour before sunrise.
- At night, they must wear ankle reflectors if there are not reflectors on their pedals.
- Notify the police of any accident involving personal injury or property damage over $100.00.
Motorist responsibilities involving bicyclists in Massachusetts:
- A motorist and their passengers must check for passing bicyclists before opening their door.
- A motorist must stay a safe distance to the left of bicyclists when passing. Motorist can not return to the right until they safely clear the bicyclist.
- A motorist must pass at a safe distance. If the lane is too narrow to pass safely, the motorist must use another lane to pass, or if that is unsafe, the motorist must wait until it is safe to pass.
- A motorist cannot make an abrupt right-hand turn at an intersection or driveway after passing a bicyclist.
- A motorist must yield to oncoming bicyclists when making left-hand turns.
Attorney Jason Ranallo has been helping individuals who were injured in bicycle accidents for over a decade. You can rest assure having the Law Offices of Jason M. Ranallo, P.C. working for you puts your case in the hands of an experienced, knowledgeable, aggressive and compassionate attorney who knows how to get results. He and his office will provide you with the personal attention and skill that each case needs. We will handle every aspect of your bicycle accident case, including going to trial if a full and fair settlement agreement cannot be reached.
If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident, call the Law Offices of Jason M. Ranallo, P.C. today at 781-344-6200 or contact the firm online to schedule a free consultation to review your case. For your convenience, home, hospital, evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. Let us show you what our knowledge, experience, and skills can do for you or your loved one. Call or contact us today. Your case will always be our top priority!