Suffolk County Bike Accident
We often do not fully realize the inherent dangers in riding bikes or motorcycles until a tragic bicycle accident occurs. Every year, thousands of people are killed or severely hurt due to a bicycle accident. These accidents can change a victim’s life forever, as medical costs, permanent injuries, loss of employment often result. In an accident the rider is largely left exposed to the full impact of the accident, so injuries are often severe. A head injury is reported as the most common serious injury. Other common injuries include back injuries, neck injuries and broken bones. Furthermore, a wrongful death is often the ultimate result of a bike accident. Often the victim of a fatal bike accident is a child who is under the age of 16. It is important to seek legal guidance as soon as possible after a bicycle accident. If you were injured in a bike accident do not hesitate to contact an experienced Suffolk County Bike Accident Lawyer who is familiar with not only personal injury law, but the specific rules that apply to cyclists.Common causes of bike accidents
Many different factors can increase the chances of bike accidents happening. The instability of a bike puts bike riders at an immediate disadvantage. If a rider has to take quick evasive action, they can be thrown off balance. A faulty grate in the road or an unexpected road abnormality can mean disaster for a bike rider. Bike riders are also at a distinct disadvantage on the road because they are so hard to see by motorists. While there are many factors that lead to bike accidents common types of bike accidents include sideswipe, door and drive-out accidents. A sideswipe bike accident occurs when a bike is sideswiped by another vehicle such as a car or truck. A cyclist is "doored" when a driver opens the door of a parked car just as a cyclist is approaching. The cyclist collides with the opened vehicle door. A "drive-out" occurs when a motorist pulls out from a driveway or side street into the cyclist's path and either hits the cyclist or the cyclist hits the vehicle as he or she does not have enough time to avoid the collision.
Whether you are riding a motorcycle or bicycle, many of the risks are the same. As a rider, you are exposed to a direct hit from a car or the pavement if your bike goes down. By design a motorcycle or bike is not as stable as a car because of its two-wheel design. Cars and trucks are much heavier than a bike or motorcycle, if an impact occurs the bike will take the hit harder.
Road conditions can be a major factor in an accident. Being on a bike makes you more vulnerable to wet, slippery roads, bad weather, and road irregularities. A car would likely drive over a large pothole, but if someone on a bike went over the same pothole it could cause them to crash. If road conditions were a factor in your bike accident, our legal team will advise you that you may be able to file a claim against the town, county, city or state that owned and the road.Common bike accident injuries
There are a variety of injuries that those involved in a bike accident may suffer. Only injuries that are deemed serious are compensable. Common serious bike accident injuries include a broken leg, arm, or other type of bone fracture, back injury, traumatic brain injury, and neck injuries.Compensable damages
If you were injured in a bike accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the person whose negligence lead to your injuries. You may be entitled for compensation for the medical bills associated with your treatment. These expenses include the fees your doctors charge, ambulance fees, emergency room fees, hospital fees, surgical fees, costs of prescriptions, costs of medical equipment, as well as fees associated with rehabilitation. In addition, if you miss work, the negligent party is responsible for paying you the wages and other compensation that you lost.Suffolk County Bike 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: