Most victims find it beneficial to hire a bicycle accident lawyer because it allows them to focus on their recovery while their attorney fights for maximum compensation. Additionally, bicycle lawyers do not charge you money upfront for their services. If you obtain a financial recovery, the law firm will take a certain percentage of your recovery as payment.
Ultimately, whether it is worth hiring a bicycle accident lawyer will be different for every victim. When you suffer serious losses that are the result of the negligence of another party, an attorney can be there to help you get the compensation you are entitled to receive.
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 show the fault of another
- 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 or jury
- Helping negotiate settlements on your behalf
- Evaluating the value of your claim including economic and non-economic losses
- Handling all communication with other parties 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 for all physical and emotional injuries
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages, including future wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Permanent disfigurements
- Accommodations for physical or mental disabilities
- Any other out of pocket expenses resulting from your injuries
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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. Bicycle accidents can result from collisions with motor vehicles, dangerous or defective roadway conditions or the negligent action of non-motorized vehicles such as other bicycles or scooters.
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There Is a Time Limit on Filing a Personal Injury Claim in New York
You generally have three years to file a personal injury claim after a bicycle accident in the state of New York though this deadline may be shorter in cases involving claims against The City of New York or other municipalities. Each case is unique, and it is important that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible after an accident to ensure that your claim is made in a timely manner. If you do not take legal action within the applicable deadlines, you may be forever prevented from recovering the compensation you deserve.
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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 use our decades of experience and dedication to help you obtain the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive. Even if you are not sure whether you qualify for a claim, speaking to a lawyer from our firm will give you confidence to protect your own rights. But don’t delay. In many cases, the sooner we can begin to investigate your claim, gather and preserve evidence, and retain experts, the stronger your claim will become.
To learn more about how Dansker & Aspromonte Associates can help you, contact our team today at (212) 732-2929 for a free consultation.