Bicycle Accident Attorney Servicing New York City

Bicycles have become more and more popular in recent years, not only for recreation and fitness, but for commutation. Nowhere is this more true than in New York City where the establishment of Citi Bike, an urban bike rental service, makes bicycles available throughout Manhattan. A movement is now underway to expand Citi Bike throughout the five boroughs. Bicycles are an appealing mode of transportation from several angles: they are inexpensive, do not use fuel, provide a pleasurable means of exercise, and provide the ability to circumvent traffic jams. Nonetheless, bicycling, particularly in an urban environment, can be dangerous.

Bicycle accidents can happen anywhere, but have become more common as cyclists take to congested city streets. Not surprisingly, nearly half of the bicycle accidents that involve collisions with other vehicles occur at intersections.

Obviously, bicyclists are at a distinct disadvantage when involved in collisions with much larger, faster, heavier vehicles, and so are much more likely to sustain serious, or even fatal, injuries. If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to receive compensation.

If you have had the misfortune of being seriously injured in a bicycle accident, it is essential that you contact a competent personal injury attorney as promptly as possible. If your accident occurred in the greater New York metropolitan area, The Law Office of Arthur O. Tisi is an excellent choice.

Arthur Tisi is a highly regarded personal injury attorney whose office is conveniently located in midtown Manhattan.  You can rest assured that he has the legal knowledge and ability to bring your case to a successful conclusion. His remarkable track record has been recognized by the New York Law Journal where he was recognized for winning one of the top New York verdicts in both 2014 and 2015. He also has the right combination of competence and compassion to relieve you of logistical worries and give you the time you need to heal from your recent trauma. When you deal with Arthur Tisi, you are dealing with a person of integrity who will never charge you a fee unless he wins your case.

Causes of Bicycle Accidents

While some bicycle accidents are the fault of the cyclists, a great many are caused by motorists who are inattentive, distracted, impaired, or just plain careless. Because bicycles are so much smaller than other vehicles, some motorists are simply unaware that cyclists are sharing the road with them. Drivers of larger vehicles commonly cause bicycle accidents by:

  • Failing to yield to a cyclist
  • Turning directly into a cyclist’s path
  • Not leaving a cyclist a full lane to travel in
  • Trying to pass a cyclist without enough room
  • Opening a car door in front of a cyclist
  • Failing to check mirrors and blind spots to see if a cyclist is nearby

Not all bicycle accidents are the fault of motorists, but a good many of the so-called “solitary events,” which occur when a cyclist loses control of the bike and crashes, happen because the cyclist is attempting to avoid a reckless or inattentive driver.

Comparative or Contributory Negligence

In some bicycle accidents it is difficult to determine who is at fault. When a court assesses partial blame to both parties, the decision is called comparative negligence. In cases of comparative negligence, the amount of compensation awarded to the cyclist will be affected. Although in some states no compensation at all is awarded if both parties are found partially responsible, in New York State, the compensation to the injured party will simply be adjusted downward in proportion to that party’s assessed blame.

How Fault Is Determined

It is incorrect to assume that motorists are at fault when they collide with bicycles simply because the cyclists are so much more vulnerable to injury. Cyclists and motorists are held to the same standards. Both are required to follow the same rules of the road, which include:

  • Maintaining their own visibility with appropriate lights
  • Yielding the right of way according to traffic law
  • Obeying all traffic signs and signals (including coming to a full stop when required)
  • Staying in one lane
  • Riding with traffic
  • Using some form of turn signal

Though bicycling may feel as natural as walking, and though you may have ridden a bicycle since early childhood, it is important to follow all traffic regulations when you use a bicycle -- for your own safety and the safety of others.

Third Party Liability

Some bicycle accidents are not attributable to anyone’s careless driving or riding, but result from defects in road construction, unrepaired potholes, or unmarked objects on the road. In such situations, the injured party may be able to file a successful claim against the city or county in which your accident occurred.

What kinds of damages can a cyclist expect to recoup after a bicycle accident injury?

If your injuries were the fault of another person, you are entitled to seek reimbursement for:

  • Medical, hospital and rehabilitative costs
  • Loss of wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering

Monies awarded to you for the above as known as compensatory damages.

When the driver responsible for your injuries was engaging in illegal behavior at the time of the accident, such as driving while testing or impaired by alcohol or drugs, you may also be awarded punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded both to punish the defendant for egregious behavior and to prevent others from engaging in similarly reckless behavior.

When you contact Arthur Tisi, you can rest assured that your case will be handled with skill and care. Mr. Tisi and his team will fight vigorously to make sure you receive every dollar of compensation you deserve. The Law Office of Arthur O. Tisi can be contacted by filling out the convenient form on our website or by call us 24 hours a day at 917.887.5343.

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