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 huge 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 a broken bone, spinal injury, neck injury, head injury or even paralysis. Serious injuries not only lead to a long, painful recovery period, they also cause financial distress. If you have suffered injuries due to a bicycle accident that was caused by the negligence of another person or entity, it is important to immediately contact an experienced Long Island Bicycle Accident Lawyer who will review 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 autos have a difficult time seeing bicyclists. Combine this with a careless driver and the chances of an accident happening are far more likely. Common driver errors that can cause an accident include:

  • Turning directly and without warning in front of a bicycle;
  • Not yielding to a bicycle while driving;
  • Entering or leaving a roadway without looking;
  • Negligently driving around a bicycle (coming to close or not watching for them).

An accident involving a bicyclist and a car can happen in an instant, yet result in life-long injuries. Common types of injuries that a 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

Plaintiff Daniel Auguste was riding his bicycle when he was sideswiped by a car operated by Juan Hernandez. As a result Auguste was pushed into a parked car and sustained a serious injuries to his back and knee. He required surgery on his knee and had to go to physical therapy. Auguste v. Hernandez, 2015 NY Slip Op 50639(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct., 2015)

Rutland v. State of New York, 961 N.Y.S.2d 361 (2012), Walter Rutland, Jr. was severely injured in bike accident when he rode over uneven pavement on Route 18 in. About two weeks prior to the accident, a six to seven mile portion of Route 18 was re-paved with approximately one inch of fresh blacktop that was applied by Keeler Construction. As Rutland rode his bike onto the shoulder of the road to get out of the way of an approach car, his bicycle dropped from the new pavement onto the old pavement, causing him to lose control. As a result of the accident, Rutland suffered quadriplegia. The court determined that the State of New York was 90% responsible for the accident. Ultimately Rutland was awarded a multi-million settlement.

Compensable damages

If you are injured in a bike accident, you have the legal right to pursue compensation from that person or entity whose negligence caused the accident. Depending on the facts of your case, the type of compensation that you may be entitled to includes expenses related to:

  • Emergency room treatment
  • Hospital stays
  • Medical procedures for injuries
  • Medication and prescriptions
  • Rehabilitation
  • Property damage such as damage to your bicycle
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wages lost while being unable to work

If your loved one was killed in a bicycle accident, certain family members may can 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
Long Island Bicycle Accident Lawyer

While a bicycle 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 Stephen Bilkis and 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 serve those injured in accidents in the following locations:

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