Bicycle operators are at a disadvantage on the roads of New York. Cyclists share the streets with other vehicles as they travel from point to point. Cycling is a culture of its own. People use bicycles for a variety of reasons, including commuting, exercise and recreation, and the delivery of goods, just to name a few reasons. Bicycles are hard to see and move with more ease than a motor vehicle. If a bicycle gets into a collision with a truck, car, or bus, the results can be catastrophic to the rider. Fortunately, if a cyclist gets into an accident with a motor vehicle, his or her medical bills and lost wages should be covered under the vehicles no-fault insurance policy. If a bicycle operator injures him or herself because of the conditions on the road, they may need to sue the municipality responsible for the maintenance of the street surface. When injuries are so severe that a person needs to recover damages related to a bicycle accident, it is important to consult an attorney. If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. If you need our quality legal services, contact The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish.
Bicycle accidents and dangerous drivers
Drivers on the roads of New York can be dangerous to cyclists. With the rise of technology, distracted drivers are becoming more of a problem. Though cell phone laws are common and law enforcement is proactive about the offense, people still use their cell phones to make calls, answer texts, read emails, and surf the internet while operating vehicles at high speeds. Distracted drivers are a serious problem. In addition to distracted drivers, those who operate their vehicles recklessly put cyclists in danger. Excessive speeding, improper lane changes, and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol are behaviors that put everyone in harm’s way. If you are hurt because of a dangerous driver, you should be covered under the no-fault insurance benefit called personal injury protection (PIP). The driver’s insurance will cover your medical bills and lost wages while you recover from the accident. If you are seriously injured, you may be able to recover damages.
Bicycle accidents and road conditions
Some accidents involving bicycles occur because of the conditions of the road. Unfortunately, not all roadways and cycling lanes are maintained well. Uneven pavement, potholes, obstacles that diminish visibility, and obstacles blocking cycling lanes forcing bicycles into the street are just some of the many road conditions that cause bicycle accidents. Weather conditions are also a major problem for bicycle riders. Snow, ice, and standing water in cycling lanes and on the road are hazards that lead to accidents for bicycle operators. When it comes to road conditions, not all cases are caused by the negligence of the other driver. If you are seriously injured on your bicycle and believe it was because of road conditions, you have a lot to consider. Depending on the facts of the case, you may need to sue a municipality. Municipal lawsuits are complicated and the guidelines are strict. In order to successfully sue a municipality, you should have an attorney who can assist you through the matter.
Contact a law firm with experience
If you are injured in a bicycle accident and believe that it was caused by another’s negligence, you should contact The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish. Our firm has served White Plains, the Bronx, and all of Westchester County for over 25 years. We will fight for your interests while you focus on healing. If you need our legal services, contact The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish today.