New York City Bicycle Accident

Bike riding in New York is more popular than ever. According to the New York Department of Transportation, nearly 50% of adult New Yorkers ride bikes multiple times each month. Despite efforts of the local government to ensure the safety of bicyclists, bike accidents still occur. For2012 the New York Department of Transporation reports that citywide over 4000 bicyclists were injured in accidents involving motor vehicles, and 14 bicyclists were killed. When a bicycle and a car collide, bicyclists are at risk of suffering serious injuries because bicyclists’ bodies are virtually unprotected. Common injuries include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, abdominal injuries and head injuries. Such injuries leave victims with physical pain, emotional suffering, loss of income, and mounting bills. If you were injured in bike accident that you believe was caused by the negligence of another person, it is important to immediately contact an experienced New York City 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.

Frequent causes of bicycle accidents

Just like any accident, there are many different reasons that bicycle collisions occur. Some common causes include:

  • Inattentive driver: Distracted driving is a contributing factor to many types of car accidents. If the driver of a car is texting or is in some other way distracted from focusing on driving, then the risk of drifting into a bike lane, rear-ending a bicyclist, or causing some other type of bike accident increases greatly.
  • Drivers failing to yield to cyclists: Drivers of cars do not always have the right-of-way. Sometimes bicyclists do. The rules of the road describe when a driver must yield the right-of-way to others. In some cases the car must yield to a bicyclist. Failure to do so increases the risk of the car colliding with the bicyclists, causing catastrophic injuries such as serious brain injuries.
  • Drivers opening the door without looking. “Dooring” occurs when a car or truck driver who has parked opens the door of the vehicle in the path of an oncoming bicyclist. As a result the bicyclist crashes into the open door.
  • Road hazards. Bicyclists are more vulnerable to potholes, debris, uneven surfaces and other road hazards than cars. When bikes travel across uneven surfaces, the cyclist may lose control and collide with a car, ride off the path or road, or the bicyclist may be thrown from the bike. If a road hazard such as a pothole was the cause of your bike injury, you may be entitled to compensation from the government agency responsible for maintaining the road.

Floyd was crossing an intersection on his bike, when a car ran through the stop sign and struck Floyd. The car was driven by Constance. Floyd was thrown from the bike and landed on his back. He suffered serious injuries including fractured vertebrae, abdominal injuries, and a broken wrist. As a result Floyd as missed several days at work as a physician’s assistant and has to take pain medication. It is unclear as to when Floyd will be able to return to work full-time because he is not able to stand for long periods of time without significant pain. Floyd filed a personal injury claim against Constance.

Compensable damages

Victims of accidents of bicycle accidents caused by another person have the right to file personal injury lawsuits against the person whose negligent behavior caused the accident. While you may be tempted to accept the offer from the insurance company, keep in mind that the insurance company’s job is not to give you fair compensation, but to give you minimal compensation. In order to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled, speak with a bicycle accident attorney serving New York City. Through a personal injury lawsuit you can demand payment of damages to cover your losses. Compensable losses include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you were injured in a bike accident because another person was reckless, contact a bicycle accident attorney in New York City at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates to discuss the details of your case. Our staff is experienced in handling claims from people who suffered catastrophic injuries 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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