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Protecting the Rights of Bicyclists in NYC
Even as New York City’s Vision Zero initiative continues, which is designed to make the roads of the city safer for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, bicycle accidents continue to be a persistent problem. The busy traffic of the city makes it a challenge to navigate the streets on a bicycle, even when using a dedicated bike lane. The sheer number of drivers in New York City and the five boroughs also means that the risk of encountering a distracted driver is inordinately high.
At Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices, we believe that bicyclists should be able to safely use and enjoy our city’s roads without fear of being hit by a reckless driver. We also believe that when a bicycle accident does happen, the bicyclist should be quickly and fairly compensated for their damages, so they can try to move on. That is why we are proud to offer our award-winning and reputable legal representation to injured bicyclists from throughout the city. We recently obtained a $1,000,000 settlement after a verdict for a bicyclist who was hit by a bus, so you know we have real-world experience assisting clients in situations just like yours.
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Statistics often show that bicycle accident victims who had proper legal representation received higher settlements than those who did not in similar cases. Don’t let your rights be set aside by a stubborn insurance company. Stand up for yourself as a victim and a cyclist by demanding the justice and compensation that you deserve.
Our firm’s lawyers and staff strive to help injured clients throughout the recovery process, which often requires extensive medical treatment and costly rehabilitation. We have a comprehensive understanding of the laws governing motorists and bikers. Whether your accident was due to a negligent driver or dangerous conditions, our Brooklyn bicycle accident attorneys are ready to elevate your case and steer it toward success.
The compensation available to you as a bicycle accident survivor could include:
- Medical costs: The complete costs of your medical care should be provided by the liable party, so you do not need to worry at all about if you can afford to recover from your injuries.
- Lost wages: If you have lost some of your wages because you can’t work, then you can be repaid those missing wages, as well as future wages that you won’t be able to earn due to a disability.
- Pain and suffering: The severe pain and suffering that you have endured and will continue to live with can be turned into compensation through non-economic damages.
- Permanent disability: Hardships and costs related to your disabilities can be factored into your claim, too. For example, if you need to modify your home to allow wheelchair access, then those costs should be added.
What Causes Bicycle Accidents in Brooklyn?
Bicycle accidents tend to be caused by driver error more than any other type of mistake or issue. If a motorist stops paying attention to the road for a second, then that might be all that it takes for a bicycle accident to happen.
Mistakes that drivers make that cause a bicycle accident include:
- Failing to check mirrors when changing lanes
- Failing to check blind spots when merging
- Driving in dedicated bicycle lanes
- Running red lights
- Tailgating bicyclists
- Texting and driver
Insurance companies will try to place blame on the bicyclist no matter what because they want to defend their policyholder and their own finances. We know how to challenge insurance company strategies to keep your claim on track for success.
Who is Liable for Your Injuries?
Determining liability for your bicycle accident is a crucial step in your case. Our Brooklyn bike accident lawyers know how to go above and beyond what you might expect in the investigation process to find useful evidence to prove your side of things. We can bring decades of collective legal experience together to review existing evidence, find new sources of proof that might have been overlooked, and even work with outside experts. The goal is to clearly show who is liable for your injuries.
Liable parties in a bicycle accident claim could include:
- Negligent driver
- Other bicyclists
- Bicycle manufacturers
You might even have a claim against the New York State Department of Transportation or the City of New York if your bicycle accident was caused by unsafe traffic conditions due to poor roadway design. Our firm does not back down from a challenge, no matter who is on the other side of our client’s case.
How Can a Brooklyn Bicycle Accident Lawyer Help?
Most people only want to rest and recuperate after being in a bad accident like a bicycle accident. The last thing that they want to do is deal with insurance company representatives and legal rules surrounding liability and compensation. To avoid these headaches, you can hire an Brooklyn bicycle accident lawyer from our firm to work on your case from start to finish. If you allow us to represent you at each step, then we can act on your behalf while you focus on yourself and your recovery.
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