Despite the use of helmets and other protective gear, injuries sustained by cyclists in a collision with a motor vehicle are often devastating. If you or a loved one has been involved in such an accident, call the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC today for a free and confidential case consultation.
One of the premier law firms in the tri-state area, our attorneys have 20 years of experience litigating cases in the practice area of bicycle accidents. We know the law, and we understand what you are going through. Our aggressive and effective representation has recovered millions in compensation for our clients, and we will work hard to get you everything you deserve, while you recover.
New York is a no-fault state. Insurance companies must pay for legitimate medical expenses and lost earnings, regardless of who was at fault. Getting compensation for pain and suffering is another matter, and you need an advocate who will investigate every aspect of the accident to prove liability.
With the amount of traffic on New York City streets and few bike lanes, drivers of cars and trucks often do not see a cyclist. One of the most common causes of an accident in densely populated metro areas is the result of the driver making a right-hand turn, while the bicycle continues to go straight across the intersection.
Another scenario that often takes place on public streets is when a bike is crossing the street and ends up in front of a vehicle which either does not see the cyclist or have time to slow down, stop or avoid the bicycle.
Bicycle accidents are not always caused by a collision with another bicycle or vehicle. A pothole; sinkhole; missing or ill-fitting sewer grate; or supplies, equipment or debris from the work of a road or utility repair crew can also cause a cyclist to lose control.
According to the NYC Department of Transportation, of all the boroughs, Brooklyn had the most bicycle accidents in 2017, more than 1800, followed by Manhattan with nearly 1500.
Both concrete and metal can do severe damage to any part of the body. The degree of damage depends on the speed both the bicycle and vehicle were going at the time of the accident, how the cyclist landed, where he or she was hit and came in contact with either or both the vehicle and the concrete, and other factors. Injuries can range from road rash abrasions to fatalities, and include:
While many types of injuries can be repaired, others result in lifelong pain and disability.
If you or a loved one were the victims of a bicycle accident, contact The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel immediately to discuss your options for compensation. Call us today for your free and confidential consultation.