Queens Bicycle Accident Lawyer
When a motorists runs over a cyclist, the resulting damages and injuries can be catastrophic. Find out how to get fully compensated by working with a Queens bicycle accident lawyer.
You shouldn’t have to suffer financially in addition to suffering physically after being injured in a bicycle-car accident. To ensure that you are compensated for how your injuries have impacted your life, hire a Queens bicycle accident lawyer from Greenstein & Milbauer to represent you.
How Helmet Use Will Affect Your Settlement
As helmets are legally required for cyclists in New York, if you were in an accident without wearing one, the other party may claim that you were at fault for any head, brain, or face injuries—even if they were obviously at fault otherwise. This may sound strange, but it is a common tactic used by attorneys and insurance companies to limit the amount of money paid to accident victims.
In this scenario, your best option is to hire an experienced Queens bicycle accident lawyer to represent you and ensure that your rights are protected. Even if you weren’t wearing a helmet, you can still file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation. Our job will be to prove that your injuries occurred because of the other party’s negligence rather than because you were not wearing a helmet.
Who’s to Blame for a Bike Wreck?
Your Queens bicycle accident lawyer will need to analyze what happened during the lead-up to your accident and who was responsible:
- Were you run off the road?
- Did the driver encroach on the bike lane?
- Did a parked driver open a car door into your path?
- Were you turned into?
Understanding how the accident occurred allows us to determine who was to blame. If you were hurt in an accident with an individual driver, it is likely that distracted or reckless driving were somehow involved.
However, if the wreck involved a commercial vehicle such as a bus, taxi, or delivery truck, we will need to determine if the driver or company they work for was negligent. If more than one party is to blame, you can name them all in your claim to increase your chances for receiving a favorable settlement.
Bike-Car Accident Injuries and Compensation
To receive financial compensation for a bike accident, you must have suffered serious harm. The easiest way to prove harm is by clearly demonstrating your physical and emotional injuries. The greater they are, the more money you are likely to receive.
Since the value of your personal injury claim is based on both current and future losses, you will receive more money if you are unable to work or will need ongoing medical care. This is actually more likely in a bicycle accident than in other car accidents due to the lack of protection bicyclists have against motor vehicles.
A Fair Settlement for Your Bike Crash
Your Queens bicycle accident lawyer will ensure that you don’t leave any money on the table. To make sure you get as much as possible, we will review all of your accident-related expenses and financial losses. This can include any of the following:
- Medical care
- Lost wages and income
- Transportation costs
- Caregiver expenses
- Therapy, both physical and emotional
You can also receive compensation for pain and suffering and other non-economic losses. A jury may also decide to award punitive damages if they feel that the other party warrants punishing for malice or egregious negligence.
Negotiating a Settlement for a Bicycle-Car Accident
It’s best to begin the negotiating process as soon as possible. If you wait too long to file suit, you will eventually be unable to do so. With a statute of limitations of three years for personal injury claims in New York, it’s best to begin work on your claim immediately.
We can negotiate with the other party on your behalf and get you the best possible settlement offer. The insurance will probably start low and need to be negotiated upwards. Very often, they will work with us and consider the reasons why you deserve more money.
If you don’t like their final offer, you can still go to court. Your Queens bicycle accident lawyer will continue to represent you throughout the legal proceedings. With an experienced advocate on your side, you will have a skilled litigator presenting your case and why you deserve to be compensated.
Contact a Queens Bike Accident Lawyer
The best way to protect your legal rights after a bike wreck is to work with an attorney. You should not have to suffer financial consequences due to the negligence of someone else. To find out more about your legal options, contact Greenstein & Milbauer and schedule a free consultation with a Queens bicycle accident lawyer. Simply call us at 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or complete our online form below.