Westchester County Bicycle Accident

Most people do not realize how easily a bike accident can happen. One moment you are out for a leisurely ride, the next you are facing major and even life-threatening injuries. Every year in the U.S. alone there are well over 51,000 bike-related incidents. Over five thousand of these incidents happen in New York alone. Victims of a bike accident can experience very serious injuries and even death. Some of these individuals face large medical bills, lost time from work and rehabilitation. Because of bikes offer relatively little protection to cyclists compared to cars, when there is an accident cyclists tend to suffer serious injuries such as broken bones, spinal injuries, neck injuries, head injuries or internal bleeding. If you have suffered injuries due to a bicycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced Westchester County bicycle accident attorney from the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries include reimbursement for loss of income, pain and suffering and medical bills.

Common causes of bicycle accidents

These accidents often occur because the motorist simply cannot see the bicycle, while at the same time; the bicyclist wrongly assumes that he or she is in plain view of the driver of the car. This disconnect is often the reason for a bicycle accident. Drivers are used to looking for other vehicles on the road as they drive but tend to overlook the presence of a bicycle. Certain actions taken by drivers can set the stage for a terrible accident. Among these are the following:

  • Not looking for a bicycle when preparing to enter traffic
  • Failure to properly yield to a bicycle on the road
  • Carelessly turning directly in front of a cyclist (cutting them off)
  • Negligent and unsafe passing
Pursuing compensation

There are a variety injuries that those involved in a bike accident may suffer. Only injuries that are deemed serious are compensable. Common serious bike accident injuries include:

  • Bone fractures such as broken legs, arms, and hands; broken ribs, broken facial bones, and broken vertebrae.
  • Brain injuries such as concussions.
  • Back injuries such as slipped disks, and spinal cord injuries

If you are seriously injured in a bike accident you have the legal right to file a claim in order to pursue compensation from the person whose negligence caused the accident. Depending on the facts of your case, the type of compensation that you may entitled to includes compensation for:

  • Doctors, specialists, chiropractors, and other medical professionals
  • Ambulance
  • Emergency room
  • Hospital
  • Rehabilitation
  • MRIs
  • Medication
  • Blood work
  • Counseling
  • Damage to property
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

If your loved one was killed in a bicycle accident, certain family members may 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

It is important to act as soon as the accident as possible. In New York there are time limits for filing personal injury lawsuits. If you do not file you claim in time you will lose your right to pursue damages from a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

While a bicycle accident may have some similarities to an accident involving only motorists, there are details to representing victims of bicycle accidents that only an experienced attorney will understand. Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & 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 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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