New York Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Injured in a Collision? Contact our Bicycle Accident Lawyers in NYC
Riding a bicycle is a popular activity. Unfortunately, the city has done a terrible job of ensuring the safety of cyclists. The recent announcement from Mayor de Blasio that the city has built 29.4 miles of bike lanes across Brooklyn, Queens, and the other boroughs is more than a little misleading. Many of these lanes have no barriers that protect cyclists from the traffic racing around them.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident, you should check whether you qualify for compensation. Because cyclists are so exposed, they can suffer terrible injuries, and their medical bills could be shocking. For more information, reach out to a New York City bicycle accidents attorney to discuss your case.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
It should come as no surprise to cyclists that most motorists do not show any respect to those of us riding on two wheels. Instead, far too many motorists completely overlook bicyclists and can end up slamming into them purely by accident.
Bicycle collisions happen in many ways:
A motorist will rear-end a bicyclist because they are distracted or not looking for a bicycle.
A motorist can sideswipe a bicyclist because they do not see them when trying to make a turn or switch lanes.
A motorist can open a car door right in front of an approaching bicyclist, who then crashes into the door.
A motorist can turn directly in front of a bicycle, causing a crash.
Regardless of how the accident unfolds, the cyclist almost always gets the worst of it. Many of our clients end up having to be rushed to the hospital.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
It is the rare accident that permits a bicyclist to get up, brush himself off, and carry on his way. Instead, collisions with motor vehicles usually result in serious injuries, such as:
Cuts or laceration
Brain injuries (even if you were wearing a helmet)
Back injuries, including damage to the spinal column
Injured cyclists need immediate medical attention. Call emergency services if necessary, otherwise get yourself to the hospital.
Compensation for Your Losses
If a motorist was negligent, you are most likely legally entitled to compensation for any accident-related losses you incur, including:
Medical care, for hospital visits, doctor visits, prescription drugs, physical therapy, mental health counseling, and equipment or assistive devices
Lost wages and lost future wages
Damage to your bicycle
Many clients also receive compensation for non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering or emotional distress. An experienced New York City bicycle accident attorney can analyze your case and determine how much compensation you may be able to recover.
Contact a New York City Bicycle Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Injured cyclists deserve compensation when negligent and reckless motorists crash into them, causing serious injuries. For assistance starting your case, please call Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman today.
We are a top-rated law firm in the city which recovered more than $800 million on behalf of our clients. Please call 917-268-2985 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our New York City bicycle accident lawyers.