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3 things every bike messenger should know

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Bicycle messengers are increasingly common in New York City. They play a unique role in the local economy, providing swift and efficient delivery services. The explosion of apps such as Caviar and UberRUSH has made it possible for bike messengers to earn a decent living.

However, the job isn't without risks. The nature of the work can be stressful. You have to stay on schedule, navigate constantly shifting traffic conditions, persevere through adverse weather and avoid getting lost. All of these factors can drastically increase your risk of getting into an accident.

4 tips to help you get ready for riding this summer

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Cycling is a great way to stay in shape, enjoy the weather, see the local sights and relax. Many people in New York City put their bikes away for the winter months. Now that the weather is warming up, it's a good time to pull the bike out of storage and gear up for those delightful summer rides.

Preparing now can help you avoid bicycle accidents that might result in injuries. Follow these tips to stay safe.

Legal Education Program Hosted by Christopher Seleski Tonight

Tolmage, Peskin, Harris & Falick is proud to announce that our very own Christopher Seleski has put together and is hosting a Continued Legal Education program tonight for the New York County Lawyers' Association (NYCLA) entitled, "What Attorneys and Firms Need to Know to be Successful and Ethical on the Internet Today".

Christopher Seleski to Moderate Panel Discussion at New York Law School

Tolmage, Peskin, Harris & Falick is proud to announce that our very own Christopher Seleski will be moderating a panel discussion tomorrow with several other nationally recognized trial lawyers at New York Law School entitled, "Demanding Justice: Stories and Advice from Trial Lawyers". Topics will include:

How to handle a dooring accident

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Imagine riding down the street, training for your next century ride. You have hit your top speed and you seem to be effortlessly cranking the pedals as you cruise down the street. You might even reach a new time for your personal best today. Everything was going perfectly until a car door suddenly opened up in front of you, right in the middle of the bike lane. You have just been "doored."

If this has not happened to you yet, there is a good chance that it might. When it does, it is important to understand your rights as a cyclist in New York. A local injury attorney can advise you on how the law affects you and the driver that caused the accident. Read further for tips on how to avoid a dooring and how to handle the aftermath if avoidance is impossible.

How to keep cycling all winter long - and do so safely

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Winter is now well underway, but that doesn't stop avid cyclists from gearing up and hitting the streets. Many New Yorkers continue to train and commute all season long.

If you're among them, you're likely familiar with the challenges of winter cycling. Whether you're a veteran or a newbie, it's important to remember these tips for staying safe during the winter months:

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What to do after a bicycle accident

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One of the greatest aspects of cycling is that it fulfills so many different people for so many different reasons. Whether you are training for a competitive race or event, commuting to work, or even riding for work, bikes provide people with the freedom to explore themselves and their surroundings. However, like almost every activity, cycling is not without risk.

Biking in urban areas, especially densely populated ones like New York City, comes with a decent amount of hazards. Even though the city has been working over the years to make the City more bike-friendly, the vehicles and pedestrians are an ever-present danger to cyclists. Ideally, if everyone sharing the roads followed all traffic laws and regulations, accidents would not happen, but where there are humans there is human error. So what should you do if you are involved in a bicycle accident?

The most common causes of bicycle accidents: Understanding and reducing your risk

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Whether you do it for health reasons, to protect the environment or for the simple enjoyment of it, cycling is a way of life for many New York City residents. Unfortunately, far too often, motorists fail to give cyclists the space that they deserve. With around two cyclists dying daily in motor vehicle collisions in 2014, it seems like it's up to riders to protect themselves.

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Is it possible to take your well-being into your own hands? Educating yourself is definitely a good start. Here are some of the most common contributing factors that might result in you getting injured on the road:

Biking for a living: It's not as glamorous as it sounds

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For many avid cyclists, biking for a living sounds like a dream come true: spending all day in the open air rather than at a desk, enjoying the sights and sounds of the city while engaged in an activity you love.

For bike messengers, though, it's not so glamorous.

These couriers play an important role in New York City's delivery services industry. With the rise of Uber, Instacart and similar apps, they're more in demand than ever before. Their efficiency and ability to navigate traffic simply can't be matched when it comes to local deliveries.

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Police bias against cyclists: What to do if you are wrongfully blamed

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Police bias against cyclists in accidents is all too real for commuters, messengers, and leisure cyclists. It is well known in the community that cyclists are often wrongfully blamed for crashes. Police officers can be quick to judge, choosing the side of the motorist. Therefore it is important to know what to do in case of an accident that you know was not your fault.

This past spring Lauren Davis was wrongfully accused of riding against traffic when she was hit and killed by a motorist on Classon Avenue. NYPD prematurely judged the scene, releasing a crash report stating that she was biking the wrong way down the street. It took a witness account and media attention to prove that she had been in the right of way. The NYPD updated their report to admit that she was hit while biking the correct way down the street.

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Past President NYSTLA
Big Apple | Pothole & Sidewalk Protection Committee
Trial Lawyers Care
Super Lawyers
Take Justice Back | www.takejusticeback.com
Life Member | Million Dollar Advocates Forum | Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum | The Top Trial Lawyers in America
American Association for Justice Leaders Forum | Patron 2015
American Association for Justice | Sustaining Member 2015
Avvo Rating | 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Medical Malpractice

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