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Queens has over 200 miles of bike paths, bike lanes, and greenways, making it one of the most cyclist-friendly boroughs in the city. Bikers can ride from Astoria Park all the way to Jackson Heights to do chores, visit friends, and try amazing food. Cyclists can even ride into Manhattan via the Queensboro Bridge Bike Path, making it easy to commute into the city for work.
But Queen’s cyclist infrastructure does not guarantee that bicyclists are safe from accidents caused by negligent drivers. Bike accidents in Queens are still a risk, even in protected bike lanes, and bike accidents in New York City are up by 43 percent in 2020.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a bicycle accident caused by the thoughtless actions of a reckless driver, you deserve justice. The Queens bicycle accident attorneys of Hurt511 can help you recover compensation for your injuries and medical bills and hold the motorist accountable for the harm they’ve done.
Call 1.800.HURT.511 or fill out our free case evaluation form to review your legal options with an attorney today.
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Unfortunately, bicycle accidents are more common than you might think. In 2015, 45,000 cyclists were injured in crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). And, sadly, 857 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2018, according to the NHTSA, an increase of more than 6% compared to the year before.
Bicycle accidents can happen anywhere and anytime cyclists and motorists are sharing the road. However, according to the NHTSA, the majority of bicycle accidents occur in urban areas, like Queens and the New York metro area and in non-intersection areas. Bike accidents are equally as likely to happen during daylight and as during nighttime.
There are some important safety precautions that cyclists can take to protect themselves, according to the NHTSA, including:
However, cyclists can take all the right safety precautions and still get injured or even killed if a motorist is driving recklessly. Motorists have a responsibility to drive safely and share the road courteously with cyclists and pedestrians. If they don’t, and you get hurt, you have the right to get justice with the help of an attorney.
If you were hurt in a bicycle accident, the first thing you must do is call 911. Seek immediate medical attention, because when a crash occurs between a cyclist and motorist, the cyclist is the one who is most likely to be hurt. Even if you don’t think you’re hurt, or if you aren’t in pain, you should still visit a doctor to make sure that you don’t have an internal injury or any other “invisible” injuries.
If you’re able to, take photos or videos of the scene of the accident, taking care to capture:
Be sure to also get the contact and insurance information of the motorist who struck you, as well as the contact information of anyone who witnessed the crash. This evidence will be very important if you decide to contact an attorney.
An experienced bicycle accident attorney in Queens can use the evidence you gathered to prove fault or negligence on the part of the motorist. This can help improve your chances of a successful outcome and settlement.
The amount of compensation you could recover for your injuries, medical bills, and other damages depends on the unique circumstances of your case. No two bicycle accident lawsuits are the same. But in general, the type of compensation you could recover through a successful bicycle accident lawsuit includes the following.
Economic Damages, which means compensation for financial losses that occurred due to the accident, including:
Non-Economic Damages, which means compensation for losses that are not financial in nature, but are no less important, including:
Call 1.800.HURT.511 to speak with an attorney who can tell you what your case could be worth.
In just four simple steps, Hurt511 can help with your case:
4. Receive your settlement.
Your right to legal representation after your bicycle accident is protected, no matter what your immigration status is. If you or someone you love was hurt in a bike accident in Queens, don’t hesitate to call the attorneys of Hurt511. Just 1.800.HURT.511 and you will be connected to a Queens bicycle accident lawyer who will fight on your behalf for justice.
1.800.HURT.511 has a track record of success recovering large settlements on behalf of bike accident victims in all five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey. Call 1.800.HURT.511 for a free case evaluation today.