THE GLUCK LEGAL TAKEAWAY - WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT
Have someone call the Police if you cannot;
Accept medical treatment and an ambulance to the hospital if you are injured;
Obtain the names and contact information of witnesses if you are able to do so;
Obtain the driver’s ID and insurance information;
Take photos of the car and bike if you are able to do so.
When in an accident, who pays what?
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits:
- The first $2,000 of medical bills are paid by the driver's insurance company. There is an additional $6,000 available for payment of lost wages, co-pays for medical treatment and health insurance deductibles.
- Property damage: .
- Underinsured motorist insurance:
Relevant MA Statutes
- Your Rights and Responsibilities on the Road:
- M.G.L. ch 90 sec 14 - .
- M.G.L ch 90 sec 14 - .
- M.G.L. ch 85 sec 11B - .
- How to fit your helmet
- Follow these rules of the road
- How bikeable is your community?
- How to Not Get Hit by Cars: real ways you can get hit and real ways to avoid them
- REI: How to Ride a Bike in Traffic
- AAA: Hand Signals, Hazard Recognition, and Tips to Avoid Collisions
- 101 Cycling Tips to Completely Transform your Bike Life
- Garmin Cycling Radar
- Best Bike Cameras 2020
- What You Need to Know about Cycling Mirrors
- Hell Yeah, I Rock a Helmet Mirror When I Ride! How Former Pro Tom Soladay Learned to Love the One Piece of Gear he Never Thought He’d Wear
- See and be seen: What every cyclist needs to know about daytime running lights
- Best Daytime Cycling Lights 2020
- 101 Bike Maintenance Tips Every Cyclist Should Know
- REI: Bike Maintenance Basics
- 10-Point Maintenance Check for Your Road Bike
Stay healthy and Ride safely!
If you have questions about a particular incident or more generally about the subject matter of this column, feel free to contact Ron Gluck at gluck [at] bwglaw.com.
Ron Gluck is a founder and principal at Breakstone White and Gluck in Boston. Throughout his 35 year legal career Ron has represented seriously injured individuals in a variety of cases including cycling accidents involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death. Ron is a CRW member.