Many victims find it beneficial to hire a bicycle accident lawyer because it allows them to focus on other things while their attorney fights for their case. Additionally, most bicycle lawyers do not charge you money upfront for their services. If you win your case, the law firm will take a certain percentage of your settlement as payment.
Ultimately, whether it is worth hiring a bicycle accident lawyer will be different for every victim. When you suffer serious losses and feel like you may be entitled to compensation to rebuild your life, an attorney can be there to assist you during your fight for justice.
New York bicycle accident lawyers offer many services to assist you in and out of court, which may include:
- Investigating your bicycle accident and attempting to showcase liability
- Reviewing insurance coverage and assisting with insurance claims
- Assisting you with general legal issues and offering guidance throughout your case
- Bringing your case to court and presenting the findings before a judge
- Helping negotiate settlements on your behalf
- Assigning financial values to your economic and non-economic losses
- Communicating with other people involved with your case
What You Can Be Compensated for After a Bicycle Accident
New York State allows victims to be compensated for mental, physical, and financial hardships. Basically, any hardship you have faced (related to your accident) may result in compensation under the appropriate circumstances.
These forms of compensation are known as “damages,” and there are numerous losses that can be addressed, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Damaged property
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages, including future wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Physical pain you experienced during the accident
- Permanent disfigurements
- Accommodations for physical or mental disabilities
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Bicyclists Are Injured in New York City Every Year
According to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT), over 4,300 bicyclists suffered injuries in collisions with motor vehicles in 2018. An additional 55 bicyclists were injured in accidents that involved pedestrians. In all, nearly 4,700 bicyclists were injured.
Sadly, around 10 bicyclists lose their lives every year in NYC.
Many People Ride Bicycles in New York City
According to estimates by the NYC DOT, New Yorkers make more than 510,000 bicycle trips every day. Compared to just 15 years ago, the number of daily trips has tripled. With more emphasis being placed on healthy alternatives to motor vehicles and carbon emissions, more bicyclists are on the road than ever before.
Unfortunately, this influx of bicyclists has also caused an increase in bicycling injuries from negligent accidents.
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There Is a Time Limit on Filing a Personal Injury Claim in New York
You have three years to file a personal injury claim after a bicycle accident in the state of New York. If you do not take legal action within this three-year period, your case may be dismissed by the civil courts. In some cases, you may have even less time to file a claim, especially if you are trying to file a lawsuit against a government organization.
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Bicycle Accident Lawyers Serving Victims Throughout New York City
Here at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates, we have proudly helped bicycle accident victims since 1988. We extend our services to victims throughout the New York City metropolitan area, which includes Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Our law firm wants you to know that we will do everything in our power to help with your claim and lawsuit. We’ll make it worth it to hire a bicycle accident lawyer. Ultimately, our ambition is to do the right thing for your long-term recovery. If your case may benefit from going to trial, our attorneys will gladly take the necessary steps to make that happen. Along the way, we will fight to protect your rights so you and your family can get justice.
While we work on your legal case, we hope you can find time to focus on what truly matters in life, like your passions, health, and future.
To learn more about our bicycle accident services at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates, contact a representative today at (212) 732-2929 to get started with your free consultation. You do not have to go through this alone.