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New York City Bike Accident Lawyers Handling Cases Involving Bike Accident Injuries And Deaths

It is amazing what one can see on the streets of New York City when it comes to bicycle riders. There are adults with kids in child seats, with neither adult nor child wearing a helmet. Then there are kids wearing helmets while the adult is not, and vice versa. People who ride bicycles in New York without helmets are simply inviting brain injury and head trauma.

It is amazing there are not more cases of severe brain injury from biking in the city. Our skulls are incredible feats of engineering, protecting our brains and other organs. Nevertheless, they are not well designed for impacts with the pavement, guardrails and other hazards of riding on streets that also carry motor vehicle traffic. Wearing a helmet can reduce the chance of serious or fatal brain damage. Helmets are able to absorb much of the force of a sudden, blunt impact. A very high percentage of cyclists’ brain/head injuries, estimated at anywhere from 45 to 88%, could have been prevented by a helmet.

Call Our New York City Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Have you or a family member been seriously injured in a bicycle accident by a negligent driver? Call 866-502-9091 or contact Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick for a FREE case evaluation. Don’t delay; there are strict time limits for bringing claims.

Growing Use Of Bikes Adds To Danger

Bicycle accidents can occur anywhere, anytime. The advent of Citi Bike, the presence of messenger and bicycle delivery services, and the existence of city bicycle tours for visitors all add to the mix of cyclists sharing the streets of New York with motorized vehicles. Moreover, the existence of more bike lanes does not guarantee protection for riders. First, cyclists have to use the bike lanes. Second, motor vehicles need to stay out of bike lanes. It is impossible to do either 100% of the time, adding to the danger of riding a bicycle in the city.

Hit by A Car While Riding A Bicycle (Cycling)?

Automobiles and other motor vehicles may pose the greatest threat to the safety of bicyclists in our crowded metro area. Bicycling.com reported that in 2019, there were more than 3,800 collisions involving bicycles and motor vehicles in the city that injured or killed the bicyclists. While such statistics fluctuate year by year, bicycle accidents in traffic never go away completely.

An injured bicyclist or surviving family members need legal advice right away to increase the likelihood of recovering compensation from a negligent motorist or their insurer.

Injured In A Citi Bike Share Accident?

The bike share service now available all over New York City has both benefits and dangers. The bike share program’s mission is to provide a safe way for thousands of people to travel throughout New York City, but Citi Bike has had some serious problems in its short period of existence.

The most troubling aspect of the Citi Bike program has been serious injuries to riders and pedestrians. In one bicycle accident, a 74-year-old man suffered severe head injuries after hitting a concrete barrier with the front tire of his Citi Bike. The barrier has since been painted bright orange.

If you suffered an injury from a Citi Bike or docking station, the New York pedestrian accident attorneys at Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick can help. Regardless of how your accident involved Citi Bike, our lawyers will give you answers about your legal rights. For a FREE consultation, call 866-502-9091 or contact us online.

Causes Of Citi Bike Injuries

Dangerous conditions leading to Citi Bike injuries and death include:

  • Bicycle racks that feature inconspicuous raised platforms creating a tripping hazard
  • Poorly maintained bicycles
  • Crowded areas near bike racks that put pedestrians at risk
  • Disoriented tourists trying to navigate via bicycle
  • Other cyclists and motorists who break traffic laws

Despite its partnership with New York City, Citi Bike is a private company owned by Alta Bicycle Share and operated by NYC Bike Share, LLC. However, many Citi Bike accidents may involve issues of municipal liability.

If you or a family member has been seriously harmed in a Citi Bike or bicycle tour accident, do not delay. You have strict time limits for bringing a Citi Bike lawsuit, especially in claims involving municipal negligence.

The experienced New York bicycle accident attorneys at Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick will help answer your questions and take crucial steps to preserve your legal rights to money damages. For a FREE consultation with a Citi Bike accident attorney, call 866-502-9091 or fill out an e-form.

Were You Injured While On A Bicycle Tour Of New York City?

New York is a great city to visit. One way that visitors see the city is by taking riding tours. A guided bicycle tour is a great way to experience New York City. Unfortunately, serious bicycle accidents sometimes occur during these tours. Determining fault in tourist bike crashes is often complicated and contentious. Further, most New York City bicycle tour companies require participants to sign liability waivers, which may or may not be enforceable depending on the unique circumstances of an accident.

It’s important to explore your rights with an experienced New York personal injury attorney in any type of tourist accident, but bicycle crashes may involve a variety of parties, including the tour company and its insurer, a motorist, a cabdriver or taxi company, or a fellow cyclist.

The New York City injury lawyers at Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick have a wealth of experience in both bicycle collisions and tourist accidents. Our attorneys provide FREE consultations to injury victims, so contact us online or call 866-502-9091 to claim yours.

If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one as a result of a bike tour accident, contact us at 866-502-9091 for a FREE case evaluation. For over 50 years, our law firm has been getting results for injured tourists.

Lawsuits Against New York City Bicycle Tour Companies

There are dozens of popular New York City bike tour companies, including:

  • Bike and Roll
  • Bike the Big Apple
  • Get Up and Ride
  • Blazing Saddles

Many of these enterprises are experienced, reputable and committed to the safety of their customers. However, even well-intentioned tour companies can make a mistake that results in a serious or fatal injury.

Because New York bicycle tour accidents involve an array of legal issues, one seemingly minor mistake can decide the fate of an injury suit. An experienced New York bicycle accident lawyer can help avoid pitfalls and give your claim the best possible chance for success.

Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick provides FREE consultations to those seriously injured on a New York City bike tour. To discuss your injury or wrongful death claim with an experienced New York attorney, call 866-502-9091 or send us an email.

Learn More About Bike Laws In The City

NYC Bike Smart Guide

It is common for New York drivers to treat cyclists differently from other vehicles. Drivers routinely cut off bicycles or pass them at unsafe distances. Another common but deadly mistake occurs when drivers negligently open their doors into traffic, hitting a cyclist or causing them to veer into traffic to avoid a collision. Here is the law: Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any bicyclist.

New York City Biking Laws

Bike riders must also obey the rules of the road, just like motor vehicles. These include:

  • Stop at all red lights and stop signs.
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Ride in the direction of traffic.
  • Stay off sidewalks unless you are 12 or younger.
  • Use a bell or horn to warn motorists and pedestrians.
  • Use one earphone while riding.
  • Use a white headlight and red taillight at night.
  • Wear a bike helmet if you are 13 or younger.

Please obey all traffic rules on your bicycle, and wear a helmet. You owe it to yourself and those who care about you. For New York City bicycle safety tips with illustrations, read Bike Smart or visit the NYC DOT’s bike tips page for further resources. Of course, even the most caution cyclists may be victimized by negligent motorists.

Rules That New York City Motorists Must Follow Concerning Bikes

  • Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any bicyclist.
    • If a motorist collides with a bicycle while failing to exercise due care, causing serious injury to the cyclist, there is a rebuttable presumption that the driver’s failure to exercise due care was the cause of the accident.
  • When a motorist is overtaking a bicycle from behind, the vehicle must pass on the left side of the bike at a safe distance until safely clear.
  • A motor vehicle turning left must yield to bicyclists traveling straight.
  • New York’s “dooring” law: No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic.

If you need to speak with an experienced New York City bicycle accident attorney about your cycling injuries or a family member’s wrongful death, secure a FREE consultation at Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick by calling 866-502-9091.

No Helmet, No Biking. Simple. Safe. Sensible.

Children do as we do, not as we say. Adults need to teach by example. Please wear your helmet. Kids who see adults without helmets infer that helmets are not necessary, important or cool. When parents are not around, these kids drop their helmets. Make it a requirement every time. Don’t accept excuses from your children or bike-riding friends and family. Although our New York bicycle accident lawyers are here to help when disaster strikes, please ride safely, and make sure your loved ones do so as well.

Bicycle Accident FAQ

What are the causes of bicycle accidents?

In theory, bicyclists have the same rights on the road that drivers of other vehicles do. However, in practice, cars, trucks and buses typically injure or kill bicyclists that they collide with. Common causes and scenarios of car-bicycle accidents include:

  • Intersection encounters (often involving left turns)
  • Parked cars’ doors suddenly opening when a bicycle is passing by
  • Disrespect of bicycle lanes by drivers of cars and trucks
  • Parking lot mishaps

Determining who was responsible is similar to an investigation into liability after a crash between motor vehicles. For best results, work with an experienced car and truck accident lawyer.

What should a bicyclist or their family members do after a bicycle accident?

After any traffic accident, such as a bicycle accident, the right response should go something like this:

  • Call 911, and while waiting for first responders to arrive, give aid to the injured bicyclist (or motorist) if possible.
  • Exchange contact information and insurance information with others involved in crashes, when possible.
  • Do not discuss fault or opinions about how an accident happened with the police, medical attendants or insurance company representatives. Save those conversations for a lawyer on your side.
  • Gather witnesses’ names and contact information, and other evidence, such as photos of the crash scene and its surroundings.
  • Get medical evaluations and treatments as needed for anyone who was injured in a crash.

How much will an injured bicyclist likely receive in compensation from a negligent motorist who caused a crash?

The answer to this question will depend on the outcomes of:

  • An investigation
  • An injury claim or lawsuit
  • A review of available insurance policies and their term limits
  • The reaching of a settlement or verdict

If all goes well, the injured bicyclist (and anyone else who was injured) may be compensated for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Can I sue someone after suffering injuries in a bicycle accident?

This may not be necessary. A claim to the liable party’s insurer may bring a recovery without a need to resort to litigation. Taking a case to court may diminish the total compensation because of legal costs. However, if a liable party and/or their insurer refuse to pay, a lawsuit may be necessary, appropriate and productive.

Do I need a lawyer to file a lawsuit after a bike accident?

You may not need a lawyer, but a lawyer can increase the likelihood of your injury or wrongful death claim’s success after a bicycle accident. Without a law degree and fresh experience, few people understand how to navigate the legal systems that can bring about maximum compensation for the injured. An experienced attorney can work with medical providers, insurers’ claims adjusters and/or courts as needed. Our law firm takes bicycle accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means no attorney fees are due until a settlement or verdict brings financial relief to the injured bicyclist or surviving family members.

Free Bike Accident Case Evaluation

If you need to speak with an experienced New York City bicycle accident attorney about your cycling injuries or a family member’s wrongful death, secure a FREE consultation at Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick by calling 866-502-9091.

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