Manhattan Bicycle Accident

Bike riding in New York is more popular than ever. Cities and towns alike are creating more bike paths to help make cycling easier and safer. Despite these efforts, bike accidents still occur at an alarming rate. 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 Manhattan 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

The most common causes of bike accidents caused by drivers of motor vehicles include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Failure to yield at intersections
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Reckless driving

In addition to the negligence of drivers another common cause of bicycle accidents are roadway defects. For example, debris on the road, potholes, uneven pavement or other irregularities in the road could lead to a bicycle accident. Even a small pothole could result in the bicyclist losing control and crashing.


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
Manhattan 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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