As Boston Readers know, cycling has become and an increasingly popular option in terms f commuting in recent years and the trend has highlighted the issue of roadway safety. In particularly, the challenges cyclists face in sharing the road with motorists has come into clear sight. One might be tempted to think of the problem as a modern one, but as a recent article in the Boston Globe points out, the problem has been around for a long time.

In fact, the problem goes back even before the automobile was even invented. With Boston’s long history in the sport of cycling, historical records testify to the challenges cyclists have always faced in receiving due respect for their right to use the road. At least part of the problem has become that motor vehicle drivers don’t all see bicycles as a valid means of transportation. With this mentality, it isn’t too much of a jump to believing that cyclists really don’t have the right to be on the road. Except, of course, they do.

Cyclists have every right to use public roadways just like motor vehicles, and other motorists must exercise a reasonable degree of care in watching out for them. Cyclists, of course, must also obey the rules of the road and exercise their own caution, but the bigger danger is in motor vehicles failing to see and respect their presence on the road and causing them serious injury or death.

Cyclists who suffer injury due to the carelessness of a motor vehicle driver in a roadway accident have the right to seek compensation in personal injury litigation and to hold the motorist accountable. In pursuing such litigation, it is important to work with an experienced attorney to ensure the best possible outcome in the case.

Source: Boston Globe, “History of cycling reveals sharing roads not a new challenge,” Brion O’Connor, September 25, 2014.