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Injured in a Bicycle-Related Accident? Read This.

by: Greg Hach

Cycling is one of the most popular forms of transportation, recreation, and exercise in New York City. There are thousands of riders who rely on their bicycles to get them from place to place on a daily basis. Unfortunately, cyclists are often the victims of motor vehicle accidents, especially on the busy and congested roads of New York City.

According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, the risk of serious injury for New York cyclists dropped by 73 percent between 2000 and 2011. Nevertheless, the number of yearly bike accidents still continues to rise, with some victims suffering traumatic and permanent injuries. The majority of bicycle accident cases in New York involve contact with a motor vehicle that failed to yield to a cyclist, oftentimes forcing the cyclist off the road or into a collision.

Despite all precautions, many riders are severely injured each year by careless or impatient drivers. If you are involved in a bicycle accident and have medical bills or other crash related expenses, you need to understand the complex New York No-Fault rules as applied to cyclists.

New York law allows recovery for medical expenses that are not covered by a collateral source (health insurance or no-fault), as well as 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.

In addition to negligent drivers, cyclists are also exposed to other dangerous conditions like potholes, careless pedestrians, and inclement weather. Even the most experienced rider is susceptible to the negligence of others and the dangers posed by poorly maintained roads.

The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, have the resources and experience to handle any type of accident involving a bicycle. If you have been injured on a bicycle, consult an experienced attorney to fight for the compensation you deserve. Please call the office of Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 for a free consultation.


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