Brooklyn Bicycle Accident
It is estimated that approximately 51,000 people are injured annually in bike accidents. Many victims are children. Due to its population size alone, New York has one of the highest rates of bicycle and car accidents in the nation. It is estimated that up to 5,500 people injured in bicycle accidents in New York every year. People ride their bicycles for recreation and/or transportation but do not expect to become involved in a serious accident. Someone may innocently take their bike out for a quick ride to the corner store and because of unforeseen events, their life is changed forever. Because of the lack of protection a bike affords, often these injuries are serious and can include broken bones, spinal injury, neck injury, head injury or even paralysis. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because you have suffered injuries due to a bicycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced Brooklyn bicycle accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries include reimbursement for loss of income, pain and suffering and medical bills.Common causes of bicycle accidents
While there are many factors that lead to bike accidents, common types of bike accidents include:
- Sideswipe accidents: This type of bike accident occurs when a bike is sideswiped by another vehicle such as a car or truck.
- Door accidents: A cyclist is "doored" when a driver opens the door of a parked car just as a cyclist is approaching. The cyclist collides with the opened vehicle door.
- Drive-out accidents: A "drive-out" occurs when a motorist pulls out from a driveway or side street into the cyclist's path and either hits the cyclist or the cyclist hits the vehicle as he or she does not have enough time to avoid the collision.
- Roadway defect accidents: A cyclist is injured due to a hazardous road condition such as a pothole.
Whether you are riding a motorcycle or bicycle, many of the risks are the same. As a rider, you are exposed to a direct hit from a car or the pavement if your bike goes down. By design a motorcycle or bike is not as stable as a car, because of its two wheel design. Cars and trucks are much heavier than a bike or motorcycle, if an impact occurs the bike will take the hit harder.
Road conditions can be a major factor in an accident. Being on a bike makes you more vulnerable to wet, slippery roads, bad weather, and road irregularities. A car would likely drive over a large pothole, but if someone on a bike went over the same pothole it could cause them to crash. If road conditions were a factor in your bike accident, our legal team will advise you that you may be able to file a claim against the town, county, city or state that owned and the road.Common bicycle accident injuries
There are a variety of injuries that those involved in a bike accident may suffer. Only injuries that are deemed serious are compensable. Common serious bike accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Back injury
- Neck injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spine injury
Just like a car accident, if you are injured in a bike accident the law allows you to file a claim and hold the responsible party accountable for both the economic and non-economic losses that you suffered. Economic losses are out-of-pocket expenses or other expenses that can be documented through bills, receipts, and other objective proof. Common economic losses include past and future medical expenses (e.g. expenses related to hospital, emergency room, doctor, prescription, medical equipment), property damage (e.g. damage to bicycle or automobile) and lost wages and compensation (e.g. missed paychecks, bonuses, vacation days) and loss of future earning capacity. Non-economic losses are subjective and cannot be proved solely through receipts and bills. Such losses include pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
Another type of loss is wrongful for death. If a family member did not survive the bicycle accident, you may be entitled to pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim. The compensation that you may be able to recover includes:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills for care provided before death
- Emotional suffering caused by the death
- Lost wages and other benefits lost due to the death
Keep in mind that New York law has specific rules about who may pursue a wrongful death claim.Contact us today for a free consultation
Injuries from bike accidents can be just as painful and severe as injuries from car accidents. Injured bicycle accident victim’s medical bills are often substantial, and it is not uncommon for them to miss week and months of work. If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident it is important that you are represented by an experienced attorney who will help you make sure that that responsible party is held legally and financially accountable. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling claims from people seriously injured in bike accidents as well as motorcycle accidents and car accidents. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to find out how we can help. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan , Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.