Brooklyn Bike Accident Lawyers
Bicycle accidents often cause serious injuries for riders. A bike might be one of the best ways to get around the city, but when drivers fail to respect traffic laws intended to protect cyclists, the results can be catastrophic.
If you or a member of your family was injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries. These damages can help pay for medical expenses, cover lost wages, and reimburse you for the pain you suffered. For help with your bike accident case, contact the Brooklyn bike accident lawyers at Sullivan and Galleshaw today. Our attorneys offer free consultations to help you understand your options to file a lawsuit and fight for compensation. To schedule your free legal consultation, contact our law offices today at (877) 311-HURT.
Suing for Injuries After a Brooklyn Bicycle Accident
After being injured in a bike accident, it is vital to seek medical treatment. After you begin your path to recovery, you should speak with an attorney about the potential of filing a lawsuit. While the at-fault driver’s insurance may be able to cover some of the damages you face, the best path to compensation may be a lawsuit.
Typically, New York’s “no-fault” car accident laws prohibit lawsuits for minor car crashes. However, bike riders are not required to carry insurance and may not be covered by these rules. The at-fault driver of the car is legally required to carry insurance, and their insurance might be able to cover your injuries. You may also be able to get compensation from your homeowner’s insurance of health insurance, but these may not fully cover your needs.
Filing a lawsuit for your injuries allows you to claim the full value of any damages you faced. While insurance might cover some medical costs and lost wages, the damages they pay may be reduced by the cost of deductibles or policy limits that pay only a fraction of the full damages. Taking your case to court not only unlocks the ability to claim the full value of these damages, but it also allows you to claim direct compensation for your pain and suffering. These pain and suffering damages are usually blocked in an insurance claim.
Common Causes of Bike Accidents in Brooklyn
When you are injured in a bike accident, the precise cause often dictates what injuries you will receive and how you will hold the at-fault driver accountable. The following are all common causes of bike accidents where the driver is clearly at fault.
Bike lane accidents are often caused by drivers who illegally park in bicycle lanes or who drive too closely to cyclists while they avoid obstacles in the bike lane. If you have to swerve to avoid trash, construction items, or parked cars in a bike lane, you may find yourself forced into those stationary objects by negligent drivers in the next lane. If a driver forces you to stay in the bike lane or cuts you off while you are trying to avoid dangers, they could be at fault for the accident.
At red lights, cars making right turns often fail to watch for cyclists. If you are going straight at a red light, you have the right to do so, and a car making a right turn must wait and yield to you. However, many drivers fail to check their mirrors or properly signal, and they crash into cyclists approaching on their right. If this happened to you, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent driver.
Another common cause of bike accidents is when a parked car “doors” a driver. The person opening the door of a parked car must look for oncoming traffic and bikes before opening the door into traffic. If they spring their door open and strike a cyclist, they could be responsible for the injuries the bike rider suffered from the dooring accident.
Other common causes of bike accidents are similar to the same kinds of causes for car accidents. Things like drunk driving, texting while driving, running a red light, and speeding are all common contributing causes in bike accidents as well as car crashes. The driver who commits one of these errors may be at-fault for the crash. Laws against these kinds of negligent behaviors can help you prove they were at fault.
Call Our Brooklyn Bike Crash Attorneys for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident, our Brooklyn bike accident attorneys may be able to help. The attorneys at Sullivan and Galleshaw, LLP may be able to help you file a lawsuit for your bike accident and fight to get the compensation you need. Never accept a settlement or insurance payout without talking to an attorney about what your case is worth. Our attorneys offer free consultations to help you understand what your case is worth and how to maximize the compensation available to you. To schedule your free consultation, call our law offices today at (877) 311-HURT.
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