A large number of people in New York City use bikes for transportation, exercise, and recreation. However, riding a bike in this city can be downright dangerous, with the speeding taxicabs, buses, trucks, black cars, motorcycles, messengers and delivery people zigzagging all over as if there were no lanes or even pre-designated directions of traffic. And added to that is the fact that a bicycle rider has no protection around them like a car or truck would afford its occupants. This can be a recipe for disaster.
Types of Bike Accident Cases that Have Won Settlements
In New York, bicycle riders are essentially governed by the same laws that apply to motor vehicles.
Most of the bicycle accidents that occur in New York City consist of the bicyclist being hit by a motor vehicle. This is often due to cyclists not abiding by the rules of the road, going through stop lights or signs, not staying in designated bike lanes, going the wrong way down one way streets and by drivers not yielding at intersections to bikes or unexpectedly turning into unseen bikes. It’s also common for vehicles making left turns to hit cyclists or for drivers to accidentally hitting cyclists due to the difficulty in seeing the bikes compared to a car, bus or truck.
And it’s very common for negligent motorists to open the car door without looking first, causing a cyclist to be “doored”. It’s not uncommon for a New York accident attorney to see several cases involving bicyclists every week.
Examples of Cases We Won for Bike Accident Victims
Other cases concerning bike riders:
Hire a NYC Bike Accident Lawyer Who Has Experience with Bicycle Litigation
It’s important that bicyclists observe the rules of the road while riding, of course. According to the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, bicyclists must follow the same rules as individuals operating vehicles. However, a person on a bike is considered a pedestrian under New York’s No-Fault Law section 1238, entitling bicyclists to no-fault coverage in such circumstances. Speak with New York injury lawyers to learn more about this.
If you or a loved one has been in a bicycle accident, it’s imperative that you consult with an attorney. To speak with a knowledgeable New York personal injury lawyer, give Dansker & Aspromonte Associates a call today.