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Citi Bike Injury Suit Raises Tricky Questions About Liability

A 73-year-old man is suing New York City after a Citi Bike accident in October left him with permanent injuries.

The plaintiff suffered head injuries and nerve damage when the front wheel of his Citi Bike struck a low barrier next to the docking station. Sadly, the man has lost his sense of taste and smell, the result of traumatic nerve palsy.

The injured cyclist is seeking $15 million in his lawsuit that names both NYC and the private Citi Bike operator as defendants. While the amount of money damages the man seeks is eye-popping, he will likely get some sympathy from jurors – should the injury case reach trial.

The 6-inch-high barrier at issue has been painted bright orange since the bicycle accident occurred.

Cyclists are injured daily in NYC and the accidents often raise complicated liability issues. When the accident involves a Citi Bike or a bicycle tour company, additional complex legal questions arise.

When cyclists call our law office, they often have a variety of questions:

  • Do I have a legitimate bicycle injury case?
  • Who can I sue?
  • What types of damages can I recover?

If you are seriously harmed and have legal questions, make sure you contact a New York City injury lawyer with plenty of experience handling bike accident cases.

Source: NY Daily News, “Conn. Man Files $15 Million Lawsuit Against NYC, Citi Bike, Claiming Nerve Damage From Bike Crash,” Daniel Beekman, Feb. 27, 2014


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