NYC Bicycle Accident
It is estimated that up to 51,000 bicyclists are injured each year because of a Bicycle Accident. In fact, New York has approximately 5,500 such accidents each year. Everyday, individuals ride their bikes for pleasure or transportation, and never think that a Bicycle Accident can happen. If you have been the victim of a Bicycle Accident, speak with a NYC Injury Lawyer from our office. If you have been injured because of the negligence of another you deserve to be compensated for your injuries.
Often a Bicycle Accident happens because bicyclists are not easily seen on the road, or a motorist is driving carelessly. Common reasons for a Bicycle Accident are:
- A car turning quickly in front of a bike;
- A car backing out of a driveway does not see a passing bike;
- Failure of a car to yield at a stop sign or intersection;
- A car attempting to pass a cyclist;
- A driver not looking both ways when entering cross traffic
Both bicyclists as well as motorists should be aware of applicable New York law on the subject (Vehicle & Safety Code-Section 1231). This law sets out the rights and responsibilities of cyclists. Bicycles must adhere to all traffic laws for instance, and have the right to share the road with motor vehicles. This of course is a sentiment not shared by all motorists and cyclists. Should a Bicycle Accident occur, injuries could be severe. A NYC Bicycle Accident Lawyer commonly sees injuries such as a Spinal Injury, which can cause permanent Paralysis, or broken bone. Unfortunately, there are many cases where a Wrongful Death action is involved as well.
If there is a contest between car vs. bike, the car will always win. A motor vehicle can average 4,000 pounds. Even if a bicyclist wears a helmet, they are little match for a vehicle. Three quarters of all deaths and serious injuries are due to a traumatic Head Injury.
A Bicycle Accident can be an extremely frightening experience. It is important that you take action and contact a New York Personal Injury Lawyer from the office of Stephen Bilkis and Associates for advice. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, you have a right to be compensated for your medical costs, pain and suffering. If you have been in an serious Automobile Accident, or have been injured in a Construction Accident, or by using a Defective Product, contact us. When you come in, we will provide you a free consultation and can answer the many questions you may have. We have locations throughout NYC (Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn), and well as offices in Long Island (both Nassau County and Suffolk County). We also have offices in Westchester County, so call us today at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW.