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Bicycle Accidents

bicycle-accidents-attorney-nycNew York City is one of most bicycle-friendly cities in the United States. It offers bicyclists an array of favorable conditions for riding including short distances, exciting destinations and relatively flat terrain. However, the city does pose many daunting challenges for bicyclists such as congested roadways, stop-and-go traffic and significant pedestrian activity. In addition, the city has its set of unique bicycling challenges such as delivery cyclists who perform messenger services and the brand new bike share program that has put tens of thousands of additional bicyclists on the roadway.

New York City Bicycle Accident Statistics

According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, over half a million New Yorkers ride a bike several times a month. The New York City Department of Transportation reports the following bicycle accident statistics:

  • The number of bicyclists in New York City doubled in the period from 2007 to 2011.
  • There were 18 fatalities reported citywide in 2012. This includes five bicycle accident deaths each in Brooklyn and Queens and four fatalities in Manhattan.
  • During that same year, 3,882 bicyclists suffered nonfatal injuries in traffic accidents involving other vehicles throughout New York City including 1,605 injuries in Brooklyn and 1,114 in Manhattan.
  • Throughout New York City in 2012, 293 bicyclists were injured and one was killed in bicycle accidents that did not involve a motor vehicle.

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

There are a number of ways in which bicycle accidents occur. However, most reported accidents involve a careless or negligent driver. Many bicycle accidents in New York City involve the following types of reckless driving:

  • Failure to Yield: Bicyclists have the same right-of-way privileges as motorists, under New York law. When motorists fail to yield to bicyclists, the consequences can be catastrophic.
  • Running a red light or stop sign: All motorists and bicyclists are required to follow the rules of the road and obey traffic control devices.
  • Distracted driving: Talking on a cellphone or using other electronic devices while driving is illegal in the state of New York.
  • Bike lane intrusions: Bike lanes are designated for bicyclists. Distracted or reckless drivers tend to drift or veer into bike lanes causing devastating collisions.
  • Speeding: New York City saw a 65 percent increase in speeding-related traffic accident fatalities in 2012 compared to the previous year.

Injuries and Damages

Injuries in bicycle accidents could range from minor sprains and strains to catastrophic injuries such as brain damage, multiple fractures and spinal cord trauma. Some of these injuries may require extended treatment and physical therapy for which the bills could add up very quickly. A lot of rehabilitative treatment is not covered by health insurance. If a bicycle accident results in a permanent injury or disability, the victim may never be able to return to work or earn a livelihood again. His or her quality of life will suffer significantly. When filing a personal injury claim in a bicycle accident case, it is important to look into all of the above factors. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc.

Filing Bicycle Accident Claims

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. With more than 42 years of experience, we work tirelessly to help obtain the best possible compensation for injured victims or those who have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. Our attorneys will diligently pursue your claim and obtain fair and full compensation for the damages and losses that you and your family have suffered. Our law firm won a $5,600,000 settlement for a client who was injured in a bicycle accident. Although officials said our client was intoxicated, not wearing a helmet and at fault for the crash, he received 93 percent of the insurance policy. In another bicycle accident case, our law firm was able to obtain $600,000 for the estate of a man who was killed while riding a bicycle past a red light with marijuana in his system. This settlement was reached after eyewitnesses stated they saw the bicyclist run a red light at an intersection before he was struck and killed.

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