New York is one of the greatest cities in the world. It’s also one of the largest! This means a lot of cars, pedestrians, and bikes or bicycles move throughout our streets and roadways every single day. If you or a loved one enjoy bike riding for recreational purposes, use your bike or Citi bike to get to and from work or simply just to get around the city, there’s always a chance you may be involved in an accident or an incident at some point.
The sad reality is that everyone in New York is in a rush, aren’t paying attention and worst of all completely disregard and disrespect bicyclists and the bike lanes on New York, Manhattan and NYC streets and roadways. No matter how careful you may be, no matter what lengths you go to in order to protect yourself, wearing your helmet, knee and elbow pads, reflective lighting, if you have been involved in an accident while riding your bicycle, you may face serious and permanent injuries.
This is also why it’s important for you as a bicyclist to do the following to prepare for that careless, inattentive and disrespectful motorist:
If you have been injured in a bike accident, the most important thing is to call the police and EMS and get the medical treatment you need, whether that’s from the emergency room of a nearby hospital or a nearby urgent care facility. The last thing most people think of when they have been injured is what should I do if I later bring a lawsuit but if you have been involved in a bike accident, below is a list of tips for what you should do:
New York State including Manhattan, NYC and the outer boroughs all follow the no-fault insurance system. Our bike accident lawyers specialize in bike accident cases throughout New York, Manhattan, NYC. What is crucial to note is that if you were struck by a vehicle, you as the bicyclist may apply for no-fault or Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits meaning all of your hospital bills, medical bills, and other related expenses up to a maximum of $50,000 will be paid by the insurance company for the vehicle or truck that struck you. PLEASE NOTE that you must file that application within 30 days of your accident. Again this is where an experienced bike accident law firm will take over and take care of this for you.
In addition, where you have sustained a serious injury as a result of a bike accident you can also bring an action for compensation against the offending driver(s).
Known as the damages portion of a case it’s important that clients know what they are entitled to when they start a lawsuit for their injuries. In New York, you are entitled to claim for the following damages:
Each item of damages needs to be dealt with separately and specifically and involves in many cases the hiring of experts in the medical and financial professions such as economists, life care planners, and vocational rehabilitation experts so as to calculate accurately how much money is needed to fully and adequately compensate an injured person not just presently but taking into account future factors such as inflation. The Law Offices of Darren T. Moore provides the best bike accident lawyers to make sure that each client gets the representation that they not only need, but deserve.
You should very politely, but very sternly, direct them to speak with your personal injury attorney. They will understand, they know they are not really there for you. If you have not yet retained legal counsel, it is vital that you do not sign anything or give any recorded statements. Doing so can void your legal right to financial compensation.