NYC Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Getting hit by a car or truck while riding a bicycle is all but certain to leave you with serious injuries and significant medical bills. Find out what your case is worth by working with an NYC bicycle accident lawyer.
Accidents involving bicycles and motor vehicles are on the rise. In fact, per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) , cyclist deaths increased by over 12 percent in 2015 (the highest level since 1995). If you were injured in one of these accidents or your family member was killed in one, call our office to get the help of an NYC bicycle accident lawyer.
These accidents are sadly frequent in New York City, and you will need an experienced attorney to ensure that you receive proper compensation for your injuries.
Seeking Financial Compensation for a Bike Crash
You can receive money to cover the expenses and losses associated with your bicycle accident injuries. When a negligent driver is at fault for what happened, you shouldn’t be the one stuck with the bill.
Your NYC bicycle accident lawyer can file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf and request money for all of the ways that your injuries have impacted you either physically, financially, mentally, or socially.
For example, you can request money to pay for taxis and other forms of transportation while you recover. You can also request money for any of the following that apply to your case:
- Emergency medical care, the ambulance ride, and diagnostic services
- Medical procedures and surgeries
- Hospital stays
- All medical bills (including projected future expenses)
- Physical therapy and rehab
- The cost of a new bike or other form of transportation
- A caregiver to assist you while you recover
- Pain and suffering
- Medication and medical devices
- And more
Money for Lost Wages After a Bicycle Accident
Given the size difference between you and a motor vehicle, the chances of you suffering a serious injury in a collision are high. Typically, this leads to longer recovery times and an inability to work, either temporarily or permanently.
Any wages you lose due to being injured can be compensated through a civil lawsuit. This includes wages you are likely to lose in the future if your injuries result in a permanent disability.
Your NYC bicycle accident lawyer will need to review your pay stubs prior to the accident and afterward so that we can calculate your true wage loss. Working with your doctor, we can then determine how long you are likely to be off work and reach a true calculation of your losses.
Proving Bike Accident Negligence
For you to receive compensation, we must first prove the negligence of the at-fault driver who hit you. One of the challenges you may encounter in court as a cyclist is if you were not wearing a helmet. Since wearing a helmet has been proven to reduce the risk of injury and death, if you didn’t have one on, the other party could claim that you were partially to blame for your injuries if they involve your brain, head, or face.
This does not mean that you would not receive any compensation at all, but it does make it even more important that you hire an NYC bicycle accident lawyer to represent you. Once retained, we will begin to investigate your accident to determine what caused it, identify all responsible parties, and back up our accusations with evidence.
In some cases, the driver who hit you may be partially responsible, but so could the city. For example, were you riding on bad roads with major potholes? Were the traffic lights functioning properly? These are all possibilities that must be fully explored.
When necessary, we can file a lawsuit on your behalf that names more than one negligent party. They key, however, will still be to demonstrate that you had little or no responsibility for the actual bicycle crash.
Settling Your Injury Case
By building a strong case based on evidence, we can go into any settlement negotiations from a position of strength. If the other side believes that we have a strong case for negligence, they will be more likely to negotiate and make a fair settlement offer.
If they do, you will not need to go to court but can instead accept the money offered and focus on your recovery. As we have a strong reputation with the insurance companies, this becomes a distinct possibility when we represent you.
If the other party refuses to accept responsibility and declines to settle the case out of court, you will need an NYC bicycle accident lawyer with trial experience. We have precisely that and can represent you both in and out of court.
Hire an NYC Bicycle Accident Lawyer
As a cyclist, you have the right to seek financial compensation for any injuries that you have suffered in an accident with a motor vehicle. The attorney you choose to hire will directly impact the outcome of your case and whether you are successful.