The United States Center for Disease Control estimates that each year, bicycle accidents cause 500,000 injuries requiring emergency room treatment and 700 wrongful deaths. The majority of bicycle accident wrongful deaths occur in urban areas, such as Boston and its surrounding cities. On congested Boston roadways, motor vehicle operators often fail to notice bicyclists. When you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, you need the help of a Boston bicycle accident lawyer expert.
On November 8, 2012, Daniel Short was riding his bike on Northeast Arnold Road in Vancouver, Canada. While riding down the road, his tire struck a cable, which was strung across the road about 6 inches above the pavement. Short flew off, over the handlebars of the bike, and landed 20 feet away on his head.
According to The Columbian, Short filed a lawsuit against the city of Vancouver. The lawsuit alleges that city employees did not provide warning flags, markers or signs indicating that a cable was strung across the road. Short is seeking $80, 500 in total damages: $31,000 for medical bills and $50,000 for his pain, suffering and disability resulting from the accident. Because Short was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, he suffered a severe brain injury. He also suffered injuries to his neck and back. Since the incident, Short has suffered from cognitive impairment and short-term memory loss. Furthermore, he has developed a stutter and vision problems, and he needs someone to assist him wherever he goes. He can no longer ride a bike or drive a car. Short also had to retire from his fire department job. Attorney Robert M. Gregg is representing Short in this matter.