Fatal Bicycle Accident Spurs Change In Bristol, Rhode Island.

Tragic motor vehicle, bicycle, and other types of accidents affect communities in a multitude of ways, and communities respond in different ways depending upon the nature of the accident. Crucially, if the accident was preventable, then members of the community need to work together to figure out a way to ensure that such a thing does not happen again. Whether this comes in the form of new traffic signs, stricter regulations of conduct, or simply raising awareness for a particular issue depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident. If an accident does occur that results in injury to yourself or a loved one, it would be wise to contact an expert personal injury attorney at 617-787-3700.

While riding his bike on a bike path in Bristol, Rhode Island, a local 6 year-old was struck by a car and killed, according to police reports. While the incident remains under investigation by officials, it does not appear that charges will be pressed against the driver of the car.

Instead, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDT) is implementing changes that will hopefully have large and long-lasting effects on Bristol. While public workers have been trimming bushes and making sure visibility is sufficient to prevent another accident at that particular spot, the RIDT is also planning to look at over 200 other bike paths in the state, and assess each of them for potential danger. Officials are hoping that a swift and effective response to the Bristol tragedy will help avoid future such occurrences.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact an expert bicycle accident attorney here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our injury attorney specialists today at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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California Court Grants Defendant’s Motion For Summary Judgment In Bicycle Accident Case.

Most bicyclists fatally injured die because of a collision with a motor vehicle, usually by drivers who aren’t paying adequate attention to the road. However, there are cases in which cyclists are killed or injured on unsafe trails. In these cases, recovery of damages in a civil court will depend on the circumstances of the bicycle crash, but also on who maintains the trail. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert bicycle accident attorney at 617-787-3700. Although property owners are usually responsible for maintaining safe conditions on site, particularly when the public is invited, there are laws that protect both public and private owners that open their land for recreational use.

In one recent example, a student at a public university in California was biking at night on a path owned and maintained by the school. He crashed his bike and was tragically killed, and there was no motor vehicle involved. In a lawsuit against the school, the family claimed that the school was negligent in not having proper lighting, signage, runoff areas, or physical barriers. As such, the bicycle accident allegedly was entirely preventable, and the school could be civilly liable for the death of the young man.

The school, however, argued that it was protected from litigation by a governmental immunity statute. The statute turned on whether the school was providing land to the public for recreational use. The Court agreed with the defense, and granted summary judgment to the defendant, which was upheld on appeal. The plaintiff thus lost the case without a trial.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a bike accident, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact one of our expert bicycle accident attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our Massachusetts injury attorney specialists today at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com. Your needs are our top priority!

 

 

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Los Angeles Forced Into Huge Payouts After Dramatic Increase In Bicycle Accidents.

While residents of any city may complain that unpaved and pothole filled roads are aesthetically displeasing, the real incentive for cities to make sure their roads are as smooth as possible is the possibility of accidents. Citizen safety is obviously a concern, but cities also want to ensure that their potential liability is as low as possible, and making streets safe is one means of doing that. This is becoming especially true as more and more people are choosing bicycles as their primary means of transportation. When a car hits a pothole, there may be an uncomfortable bump, and the car may sustain damage, but it will generally not result in an accident. A bike hitting a pothole is whole different story, however, and bicycle accidents as a result of poorly maintained streets may lead to serious injuries. In such a situation, it may be wise to contact an expert bicycle accident attorney at 617-787-3700.

In 2017, Los Angeles paid out over $19 million in lawsuits surrounding bicycle crashes, an amount four times higher than any year in the past decade. Victims and attorneys are suggesting that the city is not nearly vigilant enough in maintaining its streets at a proper level, and an in analysis done by the LA Times, 20% of Los Angeles’s streets with bike lanes received a grade of D or F in terms of quality.

Some experts blame the city’s poorly coordinated public works department, while others suggest that those that suffer bike accidents have more avenues with which to explore potential claims than in the past. Whatever the cause, Mayor Eric Garcetti has since assured the media that L.A. is working vigilantly to reduce the number of such bike crashes.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact one of our expert bicycle accident attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call us today at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

 

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