New York City Bicycle Accident
A New York City Bicycle Accident Lawyer can explain that an estimated 51,000 people are injured in the U.S. yearly because of a bike accident. The state of New York boasts one the highest rates of bicycle and car injuries in the U.S., as 5,500 individuals are hurt yearly. Once every 6 hours someone riding a bicycle experiences a fatal accident. While most people ride their bicycles for not only transportation but also recreation, no one ever expects to be the victim of an accident. Taking your bike out for a quick ride around your neighborhood can result in a very serious accident. Injuries can include a Broken Bone, serious back or Spinal Injury or worse. If you or a family member has suffered injuries because of a bike accident, speak with the legal team from office of Stephen Bilkis and Associates for legal guidance and advice. Your first visit with us will be free of charge.
Commonly, a these accidents happen because motorists do not see bicyclists, or they may drive in a careless manner. Most accidents occur because:
- A car is trying to pass a bicycle on the road;
- A car does not yield to a bicycle at an intersection or stop sign;
- The driver does not look both ways when entering an intersection;
- A car is negligently backing out of a driveway;
- A car accidentally turns in front of a bicycle.
In New York, Vehicle & Traffic Law Section 1231 governs bicycle-riding laws. Bicyclists are granted the same duties and rights given to motorists. Individuals on a bike must adhere to all rules of the road including stopping at red lights or stop signs. It is important for motorists and bicyclists alike to remember that bicyclists have as much right to be on the road as cars. As we all know however, not all motorists agree, which results in terrible accidents causing serious injuries. Because of the lack of protection bike affords, injuries can be severe including a skull or Head Injury (which often entails a traumatic Brain Injury), broken bones, or spinal injury that can result in Paralysis. When a car and bike collide, a Wrongful Death injury can result as well. Unfortunately, children are particularly at risk for these accidents, and are more prone to serious injuries.
Our legal team can tell you that cyclists are at an extreme disadvantage in a bike accident, as a car can weigh up to 4,000 lbs. Even with a helmet and safety gear, a bicyclist cannot compete with a car on the road. Statistics state that three quarters of all injuries and fatalities resulting from a Bicycle Accident involve a Head Injury.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident, it important that you speak with our legal team. We can help inform you as to your legal options and ensure that your rights are protected. Whether you have been in a serious Car Accident, have been injured because of a Defective Product, or have been in a Construction Accident, we can help you receive just compensation for your injuries. If your injuries were caused because of the negligence of another party, you could be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills and pain and suffering. We have offices in all five boroughs of New York City such as Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan. We also have locations to serve in you in and in both Suffolk County and Nassau County on Long Island. Call us today and receive a free consultation at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW.