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New York Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Experienced Attorneys for Injured Bicycle Accident Victims

New York Bike Accident AttorneysNew Yorkers are increasingly utilizing bicycles as a mode of transportation, especially with the introduction of the Citi Bike program which allows individuals to rent bikes at various strategic points throughout the city. This increased use of bicycles has also increased the number of accidents. According to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), approximately 50,000 injuries and 290 fatalities were reported in 2013 for bicyclists involved in motor vehicles accidents.

If you or a loved one was involved in a bicycle accident and suffered serious injuries, the dedicated lawyers at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. can help. We have the experience, knowledge and resources to help you obtain the full compensation that you are entitled to for the injuries that you have suffered. We are aggressive, yet compassionate, in fighting for the rights of our clients when they are injured in bicycle accidents caused by the negligence of other parties.

 

Common Types of Bicycle Accidents

Although you may not be able to completely avoid getting into a bicycle accident, you may be able to reduce the likelihood of a crash if you know the different types of accidents that can cause serious injuries. Below is a list of common types of bicycle accidents:

  • Getting “doored” in an accident. In crowded metropolitan cities, like New York, “dooring” happens quite frequently. This type of accident refers to a bicyclist getting hit and knocked off the bike as a result of the opening of a car door parked on the side of the road.
  • Accident caused by a pothole. It is no secret that the streets of New York are riddled with potholes, manholes and other potential dangers. Although these hazards may not be serious enough to damage motor vehicles, they certainly can present a threat to bicyclists.
  • Motorist’s failure to yield. Bicyclists, like pedestrians, often have the right of way. When a motorist pulls out from a stop sign and fails to yield to a bicycle or turns left in front of an oncoming bicyclist, the results can be catastrophic.

Regardless of what caused your bicycle accident, we are ready to fight for your rights and hold the responsible parties accountable for the injuries you suffered. We will look at the specific facts surrounding your accident to determine who may be responsible for the accident. Whether the accident was caused by another motorist or a city official who failed to properly repair the roads, we are dedicated to getting you the full compensation that you deserve.

Bicycle Accident Injuries

Bicycle accident injuries can be more serious than other types of motor vehicle accidents due to the significantly lighter weight of the bicycle and the bike’s lack of safety features. Even if a motor vehicle is rolling at a low speed and barely collides into a bicycle, this relatively lighter impact can still cause catastrophic injuries to the bicyclist.

At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., our expert legal team represents clients suffering from all types of serious bicycle injuries, including:

  • Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injury
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries, such as paralysis
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Internal injuries
  • Emotional trauma
  • Death

Bicycles offer minimal protection, usually just the helmet the bicyclist is wearing. As such, bicycle accidents are often serious and leave the injured and their family physically and emotionally devastated. Our team of attorneys sympathizes with our injured clients and will aggressively fight to help obtain the financial compensation they are entitled to for the injuries they have suffered.

What To Do After a Bicycle Accident

What you do or fail to do after a bicycle accident can impact the outcome of your personal injury claim. If you were injured in a bike accident, it may be in your best interest to consider taking the following steps:

  • Call 911. If you are seriously injured, first responders will examine you at the scene of the accident. However, if you think you have suffered only minor injuries, you should still seek medical attention. Certain symptoms may be asymptomatic for days or weeks after the accident.
  • Document the scene of the accident. If possible, you should document the scene of the accident by taking pictures of the damages to your bicycle, damages to the other vehicle, or any hazardous condition that caused your accident. The more evidence you have, the stronger your personal injury claim may be.
  • Do not provide a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster. Most insurance adjusters contact an accident victim within 24 hours after an accident. They know victims are most vulnerable in the immediate aftermath of an accident and more likely to provide a statement that may jeopardize the outcome of their claim.
  • Consult with an attorney. An attorney who specifically handles these types of cases can hold the right parties accountable and help you obtain the full compensation that you deserve.

You Need an Experienced New York Bicycle Accident Attorney

If you or someone you know has been injured in a bicycle accident in New York or New Jersey, you need a knowledgeable and experienced bicycle accident lawyer on your side. The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. know the law and have the experience to help you recover monetary compensation and other compensation for the injuries you have sustained.

Although we settle many of our cases out of court, we prepare each case as if a full trial is necessary. No matter what your bicycle accident claim involves, our bike accident lawyers in New York will aggressively represent your rights and interests throughout its entirety.

Call Us Today

The most important step in handling your bicycle accident claim is to contact an NYC bicycle accident lawyer at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. Each case has unique facts and circumstances that affect the strategy of pursuing your recovery.  For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys, please us call at (212) 385-4410.

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