NEW YORK BIKE LAWYERS- IN THE NEWS
Below is some recent press, both on-line and in print, regarding Flanzig and Flanzig, LLP and NewYorkBikeLawyers.Com
Cyclist Billed by NYPD after they run him down!
Read about our Pro Bono efforts on behalf of a New York cyclist billed by the NYPD and City of New York for the damage to their Police Car after it ran him down. As a result of our efforts the City dropped the case and we helped expose this inequitable practice by the City of New York. Click here to read the full story in the New York Post.
On April 21, 2013 Daniel Flanzig rode in the 8th Annual Memorial Ride in NYC. He rode in honor of the family of his client Joseph Nelson who died in a tragic dooring crash in the Bronx. Village Voice reporter Syndey Brownstone covered the event and ask Daniel for his input about the increased number of cyclists in New York and the upcoming Citi-Bike Launch."Daniel Flanzig, a lawyer who has represented injured cyclists and their families for 16 years and rode in the memorial on Sunday, expressed a similar sentiment" Click here to read the full story....
A New York woman was still reeling from the death of her 71-year-old mother -- tragically struck by a car as she crossed the street -- when she received a letter from the driver’s insurance company. A note of condolence, perhaps? Not quite: The company demanded the woman pay more than $6,000 for damages to the 2012 BMW that killed her mother. Daniel Flanzig, attorney for the victim's daughter, Monica, who asked that her last name not be used, told The Huffington Post,
“this was not just a form letter issued by an insurance company, but rather a conscious decision by the company to get their money back from this family for the damage to their insured's vehicle, damage that was caused by striking and killing Anna".
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Daniel Flanzig interviewed by Brazilian TV on NYC Bike Laws and Bike Tickets in NYC
Quase 200 ciclistas são multados por dia em Nova York
In preparation for the New York City Bike Share Program (Citi-Bike)Daniel Flanzig was interviewed by Marcelo Parpinelli Medeiros of Brazilian TV Station RedeTV. The interviewed focused on current Bike Laws in New York City, Bike Tickets in NYC, and the aggressive enforcement of these laws by the NYPD.
NYC'S BIKE-SHARE PROGRAM COULD SPARK TOUR DE LITIGATION
Bicycle-crash attorney Dan Flanzig of Flanzig & Flanzig pointed to a recent report issued by New York City Comptroller John Liu, which said that, while the city has required Alta to purchase $10 million in general liability coverage for every year the program operates, "it is unknown if the level of coverage is adequate."
New York City has played down those liability questions, but they haven't gone away. According to Flanzig, the $10 million level of coverage is "shocking" given the coming influx of bikers who will be taking to the streets — with or without helmets, which are encouraged, but not legally required. Citi-Bike and Bike Bike share.....
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Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of his death. Nelson’s somber memorial, known as a Ghost Bike, was erected by the volunteer group,
Street Memorial Project. This Sunday the group will lead its eighth
Annual Memorial Ride and Walk, when cyclists and their supporters visit every snow-white bike memorial installed during the previous year. Since his death the police have not found any witnesses or video of the crash, nor identified the person who apparently opened the door Nelson struck and who left the scene according to Nelson’s family and
their lawyer, Daniel Flanzig. Meanwhile, Flanzig, the Nelsons’ lawyer who often handles bike-crash cases, has launched a website called Bikewitness.org to help police and crash victims connect with witnesses.
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Insurance company charges survivors $6K - to fix the car that killed their mother
By Dan Mangan, Oct. 2012
Five months after a Long Island grandmother was killed walking home, an insurance company demanded that her shattered family pay more than $6,000 — to repair the car that mowed her down....After the accident, Monica hired a lawyer, Daniel Flanzig, to sue the driver for negligence, claiming the driver could have avoided the accident by paying more attention to the road.....But before
Flanzig could even file the suit, he received a letter from the insurer, PURE.
Click Here to Read the Full Article in the New York Post...
Law firm launches BikeWitness.org
Published April 17, 2013
NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN) — A New York law firm is launching a website intended to help victims of bike crashes connect with people who may have seen the accident. Cyclists involved in a crash can post to the new site, BikeWitness.org, via Twitter or with Facebook from a mobile device. A sort of “missed encounters” for bike crash victims and bike crash witnesses. The firm Flanzig and Flanzig, LLPsaid it noticed the inability of cycling clients to find a witness after a crash.The firm said it hopes the site will provide a centralized place for victims and witnesses to find each other anywhere in the world.
New York Bike Lawyers
We covered New York Bike Lawyers’ Bike Crash Kit back in September last year, which gave victims of a crash the tools to create a detailed document of the incident. Now the founders have introduced BikeWitness.org, which pairs up bike crash victims with witnesses of the event through tweets. They were inspired to encourage these pairings because they often heard that bike crash victims found it difficult to find people to act as witnesses for the incident.
Family Still Searching For Answers Months After Man's Unsolved Bike Death
October 19, 2012 9:33am | By Patrick Wall
FORDHAM — Dismayed by the police investigation into the crash the family hired an attorney, Daniel Flanzig, who sent a team of private investigators to the crash site. But by then, four days after the accident, the team uncovered no leads.
"The lack of communication with my office and the family made it very, very difficult to investigate the case," Flanzig said, ...... Without witnesses, surveillance footage or other physical evidence of the crash, the family could not pursue criminal or civil charges against the person who opened the door Nelson struck and then left the scene, Flanzig said. "The lack of an early investigation absolutely destroyed their right to have justice," he said.Click Here to read the full story....
NYPD Won't Comment On Mysteriously Delayed Investigation Into Cyclist's Death
By John Del Signore - October 19, 2012
The brother of a Bronx cyclist who was fatally doored in April says the NYPD has completely dropped the ball on the investigation into his brother's death....Nelson's attorney Daniel Flanzig, who also sent private investigators to the scene four days after the accident in a fruitless attempt to find any evidence, tells DNAinfo, "The lack of an early investigation absolutely destroyed their right to have justice." We asked the NYPD press office and NYPD spokesman Paul Browne why the AIS investigation was so significantly delayed in this case, and received no reply. We'll update if hell ever freezes over.
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NYPD Snafu Means No Justice for Bronx Cyclist
The N.Y.P.D. torpedoed its own investigation into the crash that killed a Bronx cyclist, whose death was not reported to the Accident Investigation Squad for over a month.Joseph Nelson, 54, was riding his bike near the intersection of Fordham Road and Jerome Avenue on the afternoon of April 14 when he hit the open door of a parked car, which was then driven from the scene, according to DNAinfo. “Amazingly, it was the medical examiner’s office that confirmed the cause of death after an autopsy was performed,” wrote Daniel Flanzig, an attorney hired by Nelson’s family. “We believe once that office made the conclusion as to the cause of death being caused by a ‘dooring’ they then notified the NYPD. This was when we believe [the] assignment was given to the AIS for the first time.” As with other instances when AIS failed to respond after a crash that resulted in the death of a cyclist or pedestrian, investigators have reportedly turned up no leads in Nelson’s case.
”The first thing would be witnesses,” said Flanzig. “This was never done. They can also pull video but most gets automatically recorded over after 30 days. This was never done by the NYPD.”
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The city Medical Examiner's Office has kept the brains of more than 9,200 deceased New Yorkers — from the elderly to newborns — in the past eight years, records obtained by The Post show. Brooklyn mom Cindy Bradshaw was stunned to learn she had buried her stillborn son, Gianni, without his brain. The ME kept it — though an autopsy found his death was caused by an abnormality in her umbilical cord and placenta."Do they really want to know what happened to the person, or are they just experimenting?" Bradshaw asked. "The death had nothing to do with the brain," said her lawyer, Daniel Flanzig. "It's unconscionable — and unlawful — for the Medical Examiner not to return it to the family for a complete burial." Click Here to read the full story....
ADVOCATEN LANCEREN BIKE CRASH APP
Het New Yorkse advocatenbureau Flanzig & Flanzig heeft zich helemaal op de fietsende klant gestort. Een lucratieve markt, want fietsers worden regelmatig ‘gedoored’ - met andere woorden door een autoportier tegen de vlakte geworpen - en aangereden door taxi’s in de metropool.
Flanzig & Flanzig maken het de fietser makkelijk met een nieuwe app, de
Bike Crash App.
JOHN METCALFE, SEPT 05, 2012
All right, Flanzig & Flanzig, you win: I am writing about an app that is basically an advertisement for your law firm. You just happen to be, far as I can tell, the first people to come out with this neat and handy technology..…..
Click here to read the full article in the Atlantic Cities.
BY NATALIE O'NEIL- August 31, 2012- Mean Streets
Tech-savvy Brooklyn cyclists can now gather post-crash evidence via a smartphone application thanks to a bike-boosting lawyer who introduced the technology in an attempt to help pedal-pushers build their cases. Daniel Flanzig's "Bike Crash Kit" includes a voice recorder, camera, and a drawing pad to help cyclists document facts at the scene — before the adrenaline even wears off. "Normally a rider involved in such a violent and traumatic incident can't think clearly," said
Flanzig, a personal injury lawyer. "With the app they can just follow the guide."...... Click here to read the full article in the Brooklyn Paper.
Riding a folding bike around Manila
(Philippines Cycling Blog)
Have you ever been involved in a traffic accident as a cyclist? Do you know what steps to take immediately right after an accident (assuming no one's hurt)? Well, a New York law firm developed a Bike Crash Kit App for iPhones to assist cyclists in such road mishaps. I just downloaded it and here's my review.I wish a local law firm here in the Philippines can come out with a similar app. God knows Filipino cyclists need all the help we can get when encountering truck, bus, jeepney, car, and tricycle drivers while navigating the mean streets of Metro Manila.
Cuomo Veto Of Hit-And-Run Insurance Bill Irks Trial Lawyers
By Pete Brush, December 18, 2012
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's veto of legislation to have New York drivers buy more insurance for mishaps including hit-and-run accidents. Trial lawyers, vow to keep fighting for what they call a consumer-friendly measure. According to Dan Flanzig, managing partner of New York - based Flanzig & Flanzig LLP. who often represents injured cyclists,....."Such insurance would give them a chance to make a recovery if they own a car and have the insurance," Flanzig said. "If you're hit by somebody with minimal coverage, you have a chance to make a claim on your own policy if you have the supplemental coverage."
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Em caso de acidente, consulte o aplicativo?
Pois bem, um advogado de Nova York levou esse conceito ao extremo e criou um aplicativo para smartphone que permite que ciclistas envolvidos em colisões possam rapidamente coletar as informações necessárias para uma disputa judicial. O aplicativo, segundo o site
Urban Velo, vem com um botão para filmar a cena do acidente, uma espécie de bloco de notas para anotar dados de testemunhas e até um programinha que ajuda a fazer um desenho reconstituindo o que aconteceu.
Diane Diamond-Creators.com-covers Flanzig and Flanzig's Claim against the NYC Medical Examiners Office
New York Bike Lawyers, Flanzig and Flanzig, LLP bike crash app featured in The Brooklyn Courier.
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At New York Bike Lawyers, Flanzig and Flanzig, LLP, we do not only represent cyclists. Our office has handled other numerous high profile cases in areas other than bike related injuries. Most recently one of our cases was featured in the New York Post. Click Here to learn more about our clients claim filed against the City of New York and the New York City Medical Examiner's Office. As the Post reports " A Brooklyn mom already dealing with the searing pain of losing her child at birth was stunned to get a macabre call from a doctor hours after the boy's funeral — telling her that the city Medical Examiner's Office still had the just-buried infant's brain"
Click this link to read the full story....
Insurers, Trial Attorneys Split On Hit-And-Run Coverage
By Pete Brush New York, September 7, 2012
A looming decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on whether to sign legislation that would see many New Yorkers buy extra protection from hit-and-run car accidents has triggered a fight between an insurance group, which says the bill limits choice, and lawyers who say the real worry is profit-oriented. "It's one of the few insurance products that you actually buy for yourself plaintiffs' attorney Dan Flanzig, managing partner of N.Y. based Flanzig & Flanzig LLP, said Thursday.
Flanzig, who has a large practice representing auto accident victims, expressed bafflement that the insurance industry would raise questions about consumer choice in rejecting legislation that on its face would appear to generate more premium dollars. Anyone holding such coverage is protected whether they are in a car, on a
bicycle or on foot, according to Flanzig, who said he has such coverage primarily because he bikes in New York City. "If I'm hit by a taxicab that doesn't have insurance, I'm protected," Flanzig said. Click here to read to read the full article in Law360.com
June, 2012 - New York Bike Crash Kit - Developed this spring by New York Bike Lawyers, this app features include a cyclist emergency contact page, pre-crash tips, detailed post-crash guidelines, descriptions of insurance laws, an auto-locate function for nearby hospitals, cycle repair shops and taxi services, and New York bike crash FAQs from a local bike lawyer.
The New York Law Journal "Outside Counsel"- By Daniel Flanzig, Esq.
This article was published in the New York Law Journal on May 11, 2012. Daniel Flanzig, a New York Bike Crash attorney outlines the unique legal issues confronted when handling a "dooring" crash case in New York State as well as in New York City. The article is an analysis of New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law 1214, applicable code and statute violations involving a "Dooring" by NYC Taxi Cabs and other vehicles, as well as the application of the New York City Administrative Code and New York City Traffic Rules and Regulations relating to a "dooring" crash in New York City.
Lawyers Can Help or Hinder Truckers Involved in Bike Accidents
(Trucker News, U.K)
Now Truckers particularly beware, the latest US import may soon be a mobile phone app to aid cyclists involved in road traffic accidents.The New York law firm Flanzig and Flanzig, self styled ‘Bike Lawyers’ has produced a Bike Crash Kit for the iPhone or Android to aid cyclists who suffer an accident which not only pinpoints the site of the incident using GPS technology but will advise the locations of hospitals, cycle repair shops etc. as well as recording witness statements, store relevant photographs, calling the authorities and naturally ringing your favourite lawyers. It can be only a matter of time before what is quite a common sense idea makes its way to the UK. Assuming you aren’t laying beneath the wreckage of your bike together with your cell phone the app puts the cyclist one step ahead by simply ensuring he or she goes through the best procedures to follow at a time when the rider is likely to be too shaken to think clearly. In actual fact drivers may welcome the evidence recorded at the scene by insisting on a copy of all the details as it could prove equally potent at proving the ineptitude of the rider as well as the incompetence of the motorist.
This could help any cyclist in the event of a crash even if there isn't an automobile involved. I feel it's worth taking a look and adding it to your SmartPhone!
Mobile app helps cyclists compile key facts in the event of a crash
18th September 2012
Much the way State Farm’s Pocket Agent app helps drivers deal with the aftermath of an auto accident, so a new counterpart from New York Bike Lawyers – Flanzig and Flanzig – helps bicyclists do much the same thing. Specifically, the firm’s new Bike Crash Kit app aims to make it easy for cyclists to accurately record all the information they need at the scene of a two-wheeled crash.
Get in a bicycle crash? Yep, There’s an app for that now
So you dusted off the ole bicyclette and are ready to roll to all the summer staples. Or maybe you’ve heard that our Citibank CitiBikes are almost here for the riding, but you’re still a little shook by all those bike accident reports.
NY Bike Lawyers want to hold your hand with their free Bike Crash app. Available for
Android, it’s got the whole NYC yellow cab theme (hopefully indicating, um, what will NOT be crashing into you.)
NewYorkBikeLawyers.Com is offering a free smart phone app that allows cyclists to record critical information soon after a bike-vehicle accident. The app is aimed at New York cyclists, but could be useful for riders anywhere.The app also will locate a nearby hospital and nearby car services or taxi if necessary. It is available for iOS and Android devices.
Cycling and the Doctrine of Assumption of Risk
.This article was published in the New York law Journal in January 2012 in the "Outside Counsel" column. The article provides an analysis of the legal defense of "assumption of risk" applied to a bike crash case in New York. The analysis includes the application of the defense to cyclist's claims under a variety of situations, including road races, mountain biking and recreational riding of children and whether it can be a bar to a recovery in a personal injury claim.