New York City is now one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country. Over the last few years, the city has constructed or expanded multiple bike lanes.
More and more people are choosing to save money and energy by commuting to work or biking to the store. Yet, with the increased prevalence of bicycles mixed in with heavy motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic comes the chance for more accidents.
As you navigate your way through taxis, buses, delivery trucks and cars in New York City, you expect drivers to look out for you. Now, you or your loved one is injured because of someone’s negligent driving. The New York bicycle accident lawyers of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. provide aggressive, experienced representation to help bicycle accident victims fight for fair recovery of money damages.
Common Causes of NYC Bicycle Accidents
Our experienced New York bicycle accident attorneys have the experience and resources to fully investigate and reconstruct your accident. Our attorneys are able to determine which insured parties may be held liable for negligence such as:
- Failure to watch for bikes at intersections
- Failure to check blind spots for bikes
- Drivers opening doors into bikes
- Failure to yield to bikes that have the right of way
- Cars double-parking across the bike lane, forcing the cyclists to go into the street
- Defects in the road
We Have the Resources to Fully Investigate Your Bike Accident
Bicycle accidents aren’t always cut-and-dried cases for liability. Bicycle accident cases can become a contest of evidence — what were other vehicles on the road doing? Was there proper signage? Was the driver inattentive or were there extenuating circumstances? Was the bicyclist acting properly/lawfully?
What Facts Might Hurt Your Claim for Compensation?
Bicyclists must follow the same vehicle and traffic laws as cars. For example, they must stop at all stop signs and traffic lights and may not ride their bike on the sidewalk. They must also follow safety rules, such as wearing a helmet, using proper signals and having working lights at night. If you did not follow traffic or safety rules, and you are partially at fault for the accident, your compensation may be reduced. We are happy to discuss your situation with you and your chances for recovery.
Contact Our Law Offices Today
Whether you are a bike messenger, a commuter, or a recreational cyclist, contact our New York bicycle accident lawyers for a free consultation. We handle bicycle accident litigation cases on a contingency basis. If you don’t win money in a settlement or jury verdict, you will not pay attorney fees. Call 212-227-6260.
Report Unsafe Conditions: If you see an unsafe condition on the streets, sidewalks or bike lanes of New York, take action to prevent an unnecessary accident. Call 311 or visit 311 Online.
To see a map of the cycling lanes in New York City, click here.