Long Island Bicycle Accident

One never expects to be the victim of a bicycle accident but they happen every day. A person takes a harmless bike ride and ends up seriously injured and traumatized. Every year, fifty thousand people are injured in these accidents. New York has its fair share as well. Over five thousand of these incidents occur in New York annually. Individuals that are injured can face substantial medical bills, a long rehabilitation and loss of work. Because of the relative lack of protection that a bike provides relative to a car, when a bike is involved in an accident serious injuries are common. Such injuries often include broken bones, spinal injury, neck injury, head injury or even paralysis. Serious injuries not only lead to a long, painful recovery period, they also cause financial problems. If you suffered injuries due to a bicycle accident that was the result of another person’s negligence, it is important to contact an experienced Long Island bicycle accident attorney right away who will review all of the facts of your case and explain to you the process for pursuing a claim for the losses you suffered.

Common causes of bicycle accidents

Sometimes drivers of cars, trucks and SUVs have a difficult time seeing bicyclists and motorcyclists. Combine this with a reckless driver and the chances of a collision occurring increases. Typical driver errors that can cause an accident with a bicyclist include:

  • Cutting off the bicyclist and turning right in front of the bicyclist
  • Not yielding to a bicyclist while driving
  • Entering or leaving a driveway, alley or roadway without looking
  • Driving around a bicycle in a reckless manner

An accident involving a bicyclist and a car can happen in an instant, yet result in life-long injuries. Common types of injuries that occur when a bicyclist is involved in an accident with a car includes a back injury, neck injury, spinal injury, brain injury or broken bones.

Examples

Daniel Auguste was riding his bicycle in New York when he was sideswiped by an automobile driven by Juan Hernandez. Auguste’s bike was pushed into another car and August was seriously injured. He sustained both a back injury and a knee injury. He had to have surgery to repair the damage to his knee and had to go to physical therapy. Auguste v. Hernandez, 2015 NY Slip Op 50639(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct., 2015)

Compensable damages

If you are seriously injured in a bicycle collision, you are legally permitted to pursue compensation from the one whose negligence caused your injuries. Depending on the specific facts of your case, the types of damages to which you may be entitled includes expenses related to:

  • Emergency room treatment
  • Hospital stays
  • Surgery
  • Other inpatient or outpatient treatment
  • Over-the-counter and prescription medication
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Property damage such as damage to your bike
  • Pain and suffering
  • Income lost while being unable to work

If your loved one was killed in a bike accident, certain family members may be able to pursue compensation through a special kind of personal injury claim called a wrongful death lawsuit. The compensation available in a wrongful death claim typically includes:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical bills for the victim’s treatment before death
  • Emotional suffering caused by the loved one’s death
  • Lost wages and other benefits lost due to the death
  • Loss of consortium
Contact the Attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

While a bike accident may have some similarities to an accident involving only motorists, there are nuances to handling a bike accident that only an experienced bike accident attorney will understand. Contact the staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates to discuss the details of your case. Our staff is experienced in handling claims from people 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 regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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