New York City Bicycle Crash Lawyers | New York Bike Crash Law Firm
New York Bike Crashes with Motor Vehicles
The most common type of cycle or bike crash a rider in New York is bound
to face will be one with a car, taxi, bus, or other motor vehicle.
Despite New York City's new efforts for safe bike riding, riders are
still faced with reckless drivers and being "doored" by vehicles.
Riders are also subject to crashes due to street defects, such as defective
street cuts and manhole covers and improperly maintained street hardware.
If you have been injured in a bicycle crash, you are probably worried
about who is going to pay your medical bills, your lost wages, and who
will compensate you for your pain and suffering.
free consultations, so there is no harm in calling or e-mailing us. We are always happy to
provide some guidance, and have done so time and time again. We are committed
to helping New York's cycling community.
We believe it is important to contact an attorney quickly because there
are many circumstances that require immediate action. No-Fault claims,
which are how your medical bills will be paid, must be filed in 30 days
of the accident. In order to do that, you will need to identify the other
driver and their insurance company. Cases involving a municipality, such
as the City of New York, usually require a Notice of Claim to be filed
within 90 days of the accident.
In addition, prompt investigation, photography, and other data needs to
be obtained as soon as possible. If the case involves a road defect or
construction location, the condition can change within hours.
Here are the most common questions we are asked from cyclists:
If I pursue a claim against the driver, what happens to him or her?
Answer: When you bring a lawsuit against a driver or property owner who
causes you injury, in almost all cases their insurance company must cover
the payments made to the injured person. If a lawsuit is filed, the cost
of defense is also paid by the insurance company, usually with no additional
expense to the insured.
What type of damages can be recovered in a bike crash case?
Answer: New York law allows recovery for medical expenses that are not
covered by a collateral source (health insurance or no-fault), lost wages,
pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, property damage, and other
non-economic damages. Claims for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical
expenses encompass both past and future damages. You can also recover
for the property damage to your bike.
What if I am involved in a hit-and-run crash?
Answer: These can be very complicated cases. You need an experienced attorney
who is not just familiar with cycling crashes, but also with the ins and
outs of insurance claims and insurance policies. In most cases, you can
make a claim. Even if you cannot find the person who caused you injury,
you still may be able to make a recovery. If you own a motor vehicle,
or someone in your household does, you may be able to make a claim with
that automobile insurance company under the underinsured or uninsured
(SUM) provision of that policy. This is an area of law that not all attorneys
are familiar with.
Click Here for New York City's Guide to Safe Biking:
click here - NYC Bike Smart.