Bike Accidents

We can help after your bicycle, scooter or motorcycle accident!

Motorcycles, scooters and bicycles have become a common means of travel in New York and the number of riders is rising each year. As opposed to automobiles, motorcycle and bikes render their riders to much more vulnerable to severe injuries since:

  • motorcyclists, scooters and bikes are constantly exposed to direct impacts,
  • their 2-wheel base makes motorcycles and scooters much less stable,
  • motorcyclists and scooters are smaller and more susceptible to greater damage from lighter collisions.

Because of their small size, motorcycles and scooters are also less visible on the road than other vehicles so other drivers may not always yield the right of way. Further, motorcycles are especially susceptible to dangers from road defects like potholes, construction and drainage. Such conditions are all too common in New York and can be far more dangerous to a motorcyclist than to a car driver.

Often, motorists like truck and bus drivers cause bicycle accidents by failing to share the road, forcing cyclists off the road or into a collision. Most bicycle accident in New York involve contact with a motor vehicle that

  • failed to yield the right-of-way,
  • suddenly turned into the path of a cyclist (left turns in the path of an oncoming cyclist) or
  • overtook a bicyclist misjudging the space needed to pass safely.

Bicycle accidents may also occur due to factors like defective roadway maintenance including potholes, road debris and poor visibility. Motorists opening car doors directly into cyclists’ path or a pedestrian being struck by a bicycle messenger/delivery person is a very common scenario in New York. Bicyclists are obligated to follow the same road rules and fall under the same statute as the operators of all other vehicles pursuant to New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law. A bicyclist may be considered a pedestrian under the No-Fault Law in New York and becomes eligible for No-Fault coverage.

In New York, the most common laws for protecting motorcyclists and bicyclists include

  • banning children under the age of one year from being passengers on such vehicles
  • requiring protective headgear for bicyclists under fourteen years of age
  • other bicyclists are not mandated to wear a helmets

During direct impact, helmets are proven to help prevent head injuries by reducing the force of impact and spreading this force. However, helmets are not designed to withstand rotational injuries, so impacts resulting from angular or rotational acceleration can result in subdural hematoma (SDH) and diffuse axonal injury (DAI). These brain injuries can result in chronic intellectual debilitation or even death.

Those injured in bicycle accidents face unique legal challenges under the laws of New York which require specific knowledge and experience as it concerns the rights of bicyclists. Attorneys at HURT-511 have years of experience representing victims of bike accidents and their families in all 5 boroughs of New York City and beyond.

Types of Car Accidents

There are many different ways that you or a loved one can get injured in a car accident. However, the most common types of car accidents include:

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Rear-End Crash:

A rear-end collision is an accident that happens when one car strikes the back of the car in front of them. In some instances, a series of rear-end collisions can happen in a row and cause a multiple car pileup. Although many factors can contribute to rear-end crashes, most involve speeding, distracted driving, or slick road conditions. A rear-end collision can put you at risk of some serious injuries.

Car Accident FAQ

How are car accident lawsuits in NY different than in other states?

An important distinction between car accident lawsuits in New York versus other states is that New York is a “no- fault” car accident law state, which means that regardless of who was at fault for the accident, drivers are paid out by the insurance company after their accident. That is why it is mandatory for all motorists in New York to hold a liability insurance policy that includes $50,000 in “no-fault” insurance.

Even though New York is a “no-fault” state, it is still essential to contact an attorney after your accident. An experienced attorney can help you adhere to the strict deadlines and complex rules surrounding car accidents in a “no-fault” system, and will ensure that you are receiving the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries.

What kind of damages could I seek in a car accident lawsuit?

No two car accidents are exactly alike. The same is true for car accident lawsuits. However, depending on the details of your case, your attorney may be able to help you seek the following types of damages to recover compensation:

Economic damages, which are a portion of a claim or lawsuit that seeks compensation for the following:

– Medical bills
– Lost wages
– Loss of earning capacity

Non-economic damages, which are more complicated to quantify, but are no less important, including:

– Pain and suffering
– Emotional distress
– Disfigurement
– Loss of enjoyment of life

An experienced car accident attorney in New York City can help you determine which damages you can seek in a car accident suit.

How much does it cost to hire a car accident attorney?

1800-HURT-511’s network of car accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means you never pay any upfront fees for legal representation. You only pay a fee if your attorney successfully recovers compensation on your behalf. Contact us to learn more about our attorney fee structure for successful car accident cases.

What should I do if I was hurt in a car accident?

The most important thing to do after a car accident is to immediately seek medical treatment for yourself and anyone else in the vehicle with you, even if you don’t believe you are badly injured. It is also essential to collect contact information from the other driver or drivers involved in the accident, including their name, address, phone number, license plate number, and their insurance provider.

Following the immediate aftermath of the accident, you should contact your insurance company about the accident, document any injuries you sustained in the accident and any damage to your vehicle, and contact an attorney with experience handling car accident cases in New York.

Take the right next step

1-800-HURT-511 attorneys fight on behalf of victims of car accidents. Insurance companies will do their best to pay the least.Wetake pride in our aggressive representation and expertise in helping you receive the money you deserve. At 1-800-HURT-511 you can always speak directly with your lawyer or our experienced paralegals. We are available 24/7 and you do not pay, if we do not win. Fill out a free case evaluation to get started. Let 1-800-HURT-511 handle everything for you after your accident.

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Protect your legal rights

Regardless of your immigration status you have legal rights. Car accidents often have long-term financial, medical and emotional damages. You do not have to face the insurance companies alone. 1-800-HURT-511 will educate and guide you through the entire legal process and make sure to protect your legal rights.

If you or a family member has suffered injuries in any type of motor vehicle collision, your first step should be contacting KEYWORD 1-800-HURT-511.

Representing residents in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey, 1-800-HURT-511 has a track record of obtaining multi-million-dollar car accident settlements and court awards on behalf of our clients. For a free and honest evaluation of your case, call us 1-800-HURT-511.

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