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Bike Accident Lawyer in New York – 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, motorcycles and bikes render their riders to much more vulnerable to severe injuries since:

  • motorcyclists, scooters and bicycles are constantly exposed to direct impacts,
  • their 2-wheel base makes motorcycles and scooters much less stable,
  • bikes, 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 personal injury in bicycle accidents by failing to share the road, forcing cyclists off the road or into a collision. Most bicycle accidents 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.

Does automobile insurance cover bicyclists?

Driver’s No-Fault insurance covers bicyclists and pedestrians in New York State. Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Act (MVAIC) may cover your accident in case of a hit-and-run or uninsured crash.

Automobile policies often cover bike injuries. In case of an accident, the automobile driver’s insurance may cover the accident.

If you are struck by an insured car driver, you are entitled to medical benefits through the driver’s No-Fault benefits.

In case of a hit-and-run or uninsured accident, if you are a resident of New York, you may apply for benefits under MVAIC.

Limited Time To File A Bike Accident Claim in New York

NY State statute of limitations (the time allowed to file a lawsuit) is limited to three years. That time may be even shorter (90 days) if your claim is against the City of New York or a municipality.

It is also important to remember that street conditions could change, which will lead you to lose evidence that could help explain to what happened in your incident.

An experienced attorney can provide the expertise and assistance necessary in capturing the evidence to pursue your bike accident claim in New York.

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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 impacthelmets 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 1-800-HURT-511 have years of experience representing victims of bike accident and their families in all 5 boroughs of New York City and beyond.

Rise of Bicycles in NYC

Recently New York City has experienced a renaissance of bicycle riders in New York City primarily because of the popularity of the bike-sharing service Citi Bike. The increase of bike riders in NYC has caused an exponential increase in bike accidents and deaths.

At the beginning of July, after 15 cyclists had been killed, the New York Police Department announced a two-week crackdown on policies that protect cyclists. During this period, the police department reported that 5,673 summonses for vehicles parked in bike lanes were handed out — a 96% increase compared to the same period last year. After the 17th cycling death this year, Mayor de Blasio announced that over the next five years an additional $58.4 million will be targeted to building more bike lanes and providing better enforcement in high-risk areas.

Historically, the calculation of bicyclist activity in New York City was centered on counting the number of bicycles entering and exiting the core of the city. However, cycling has grown and matured dramatically as a mode of transportation since the first counts were conducted in 1980.

New Yorkers are using bikes for a much wider variety of trips, making it even more difficult to assess bicycle use in the City. In an effort to better understand the widening breadth of cycling, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) partnered with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to include several questions about cycling in DOHMH’s annual Community Health Survey.

Beginning in 2009, and expanding in 2013, these questions shed light on how frequently New York City residents cycle each day, each week, and each year, as well as for what purpose they bike. The recent introduction of DOT’s Citywide Mobility Survey provides another important data source to better understand the transportation choices of New Yorkers.

By focusing on the cyclist and not the trip, these surveys provide a more holistic approach to quantifying cycling activity, especially when used in combination with national surveys, ongoing bike counts, and Citi Bike.

Researchers say that in order to bring down the number of cycling deaths, cities need to have a complete network of bike lanes, with as many separated from cars as possible.

Building a new bike lane can take weeks or months, and the process can be delayed even further when communities resist these efforts. Polly Trottenberg, the city’s transportation commissioner, told NPR that the city is taking the necessary steps to prevent future deaths and that the circumstances the city is facing are not unique.

We are all facing a lot of the same challenges,” Trottenberg said, referring to Vision Zero cities in the U.S. “Years where we see fatalities go down. Years where tragically we see fatalities on the rise. Dealing with all the demands on our roadways.

As time progresses, Uber and Lyft as well as big-box trucks (fueled by the booming e-commerce industry) together pose added dangers for cyclists and strain an already over-congested system. With more people cycling than ever before, setbacks are leading to accidents. According to the NYDOT, the number of daily bike rides more than doubled between 2012 and 2017. Today, nearly half a million cycling trips are made every day.

Since more people are choosing to cycle for a variety of reasons, concerns about their impact on the environment, frustration with public transit and desire to improve their physical health. The city has also been instrumental in encouraging people to bike, including the massive rollout of Citi Bike shares. Over the past few years, the city has on average built 62 miles of bike lanes each year — the largest increase anywhere in the country. But, in a city with more than 6,000 miles of streets, fewer than 1 in 5 has a bike lane.

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Bike Accident in New York FAQFAQ

Can you sue someone for hitting you on a bike?

Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you can certainly sue if the other party was negligent.

An experienced bike accident lawyer can evaluate the details of your personal injury bike accident claim and determine whether you are eligible for compensation for your injuries, missed time from work, and other damages.

Is it worth getting a bike accident lawyer?

Yes! A bike accident can cause severe or serious injuries. It is certainly worth getting a bike accident lawyer to evaluate your bike accident claim.

Take the right next step

1-800-HURT-511 attorneys fight on behalf of victims of bike accidents in New York. Insurance companies will do their best to pay you the least. We take pride in our aggressive representation and expertise in helping bike accident victims in New York 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.

Bike 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 bicycle accident, your first step should be to contact us at 1-800-HURT-511.

Representing residents of New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey, 1-800-HURT-511 has the track record of obtaining multi-million-dollar bike accident settlements and court awards on behalf of our clients.

For a free and honest evaluation of your case, call us at 1-800-HURT-511.

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    The Bronx NY 10461

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