New York City Bicycle Accidents
Bicyclist Struck by a Car
It has been reported that over 3,400 NYC bicyclists were seriously injured in crashes with motor vehicles in just a six year period. Another 225 were killed. Of all the bicyclist fatalities that occurred, over 90% of were due to a crash with a motor vehicle. Nearly all bicyclists who died were not wearing a helmet. Most fatal crashes involved a head injury.
A bicycle is no match for a car, truck, or bus. When a bicyclist is struck by a car the result can be devastating. In order to avoid an accident, it is recommended to use designated bike lanes when ever possible. Of the aforesaid fatal accidents, only one occurred while the bicyclist was in the bike lane. To lessen the severity of an accident should it occur, always wear a helmet.
Of all the bicyclist fatalities that occurred, over 90% of were due to a crash with a motor vehicle.When a bicyclist is injured in an accident that was due to the fault of an operator of a motor vehicle, it is important that they speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to protect their interests. There are limits on the time to make a claim for medical benefits and lost wages through the appropriate no-fault insurance carrier, which can be as short as 30 days from the date of the accident.
Personal Injury Lawyer
Insurance companies for the other side may try to get a statement adverse to the bicyclist’s interests or settle the claim for far less than it may be worth. A personal injury lawyer can protect the bicyclist from the insurance company, while at the same time assert a claim for the pain and suffering and other damages the bicyclist sustained as a result of the accident.