Residents across NYC and Queens are using bicycles as a regular mode of transportation more often than ever.
If you’re hurt in a bicycle accident in Queens, you may be entitled to hold the responsible party liable for financial compensation.
If you or a loved one were hurt, don’t hesitate to call an experienced Queens bicycle accident lawyer at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. to schedule a free consultation today.
How Our Queens Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help After a Bike Accident
While wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the risk of death when riding a bike, bicycle accident injuries tend to be severe. You simply don’t have much to protect you when you hit the concrete or a heavy motor vehicle. If someone else was careless and caused the accident, you shouldn’t have to pay the price.
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our accomplished Queens personal injury lawyers have a proven track record of successfully advocating for bicycle accident victims across NYC. We know how hard it can be to worry about finances when you’re struggling with a serious injury. We’re here to handle every aspect of your injury claim so that you don’t have to worry about it.
When you hire us, we will:
- Explain your legal rights and what to expect from the personal injury process
- Offer legal advice as you’re approached by insurance adjusters and other parties
- Launch a detailed investigation to find out who or what caused your bicycle accident
- Defend your rights when the insurance company tries to blame you for getting hurt
- Identify all available insurance compensation that’s available in your case
- Work with experts to put a fair and accurate value on your insurance demand
- Advocate to get the best possible outcome for you
Every case and every client is unique. Our lawyers take the time to listen to your story and understand your goals. We’ll work closely with you to accomplish those goals in the most efficient way possible.
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we’re able to successfully settle many accident claims out of court. However, our Queens personal injury attorneys prepare every case as though we are going to trial. That way, we’re prepared when we enter the negotiating room to argue your case.
Were you hurt in a Queens bicycle accident? Call today to learn more about how a qualified personal injury attorney can maximize your compensation award.
Queens, NY Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) data, 836 bicyclists were injured in Queens in 2018. Three Queens crashes caused bicyclist fatalities. Citywide, more than 4,300 New Yorkers were injured in bicycle accidents that occurred in a single year.
Although the statistics can be shocking, they aren’t entirely surprising. Ridership is up across the city with the introduction of Citi Bike rentals and more than 300 miles of new bicycle lanes. As of October 2019, the city had more than 1,250 miles of bicycle lanes–40% of which are considered “protected.”
The uptick in building dedicated bike lanes was, of course, motivated by a surge in bicycle accident injuries and fatalities.
We Handle All Queens Bicycle Accident Cases
As a cyclist, you can only control so many things on the road. Motor vehicles always have the upper hand in terms of speed and reaction time. Our experienced lawyers can help regardless of the type of accident involved. We regularly represent bicycle accident victims who have been hurt in a:
- Car accident
- Bike lane accident
- Drunk driving accident
- Hit-and-run accident
- Accidents involving Citi Bikes
- Accidents involving ride-sharing programs
- Dooring accident
- Pedestrian accident
- Truck accident
- Bus accident
If your accident involved a car, truck, or bus, your time for filing a claim can be more limited than you might think. Some no-fault insurance policies require you to file a claim within as little as 30 days.
We know that it can be difficult to focus on money when you’re hurt. Calling an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible can greatly increase your chances of getting what you deserve.
Leading Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Queens, NY
Bikes are a great way to get around in Queens. Whether you have a dedicated bike lane available or are forced onto the street, drivers in cars often have a hard time seeing you–even if you’re careful. Some of the most common causes of bike accidents in Queens are:
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Unsafe turns
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Unsafe or illegal passing
- Traffic violations
- Dangerous road conditions
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, alcohol was involved in 37% of all fatal bike crashes in 2017. The majority of bicycle accidents in New York and the U.S. involve a car or motor vehicle. One of the first steps our lawyers will take when you hire us is to obtain the police report of the accident.
We’ll analyze the evidence to determine the cause of your accident so that we can identify all parties who might share in the blame.
We Fight to Get Fair Compensation for Your Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bikes are lightweight and open to the elements. Those features make riding a bike convenient and pleasant. Unfortunately, they also greatly increase the chances that injuries sustained in an accident will be serious.
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our Queens personal injury attorneys represent clients recovering from all types of bicycle injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Fractures and joint injuries
- Chest injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Organ damage
- Catastrophic injuries
- Burn injuries
- Amputations and loss of limbs
- Wrongful death of a loved one
A bicycle accident can devastate both the victim and their family. In addition to a long and painful recovery, your medical bills can quickly add up even if you have health insurance.
Our lawyers are here to help your family get justice after an accident.
If you were hurt in a bicycle accident in Queens, don’t hesitate to call Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. to speak with a knowledgeable bicycle accident attorney.
Time to Act is Limited
You’re required to make a claim for compensation within the applicable limits specified by law. However, some insurance policies require you to make a claim much sooner than the three-year personal injury statute of limitations.
Because New York is a no-fault insurance state, you’ll likely make a claim against someone’s insurance policy if a negligent driver caused your accident. If the transit authorities or a government agency is responsible, you have only 90 days to file a notice of claim with the city.
Once these time limits expire, you can lose your right to compensation–even if someone else was clearly to blame. Our lawyers are ready to get started today. Even if you’re hurt, we can come to the hospital, your home or arrange a virtual consultation if you prefer.
What If the Accident Was Partly My Fault?
You don’t lose your right to financial compensation even if you were partly to blame for the accident. Instead, your damages award is reduced in proportion to the percentage of fault attributed to your actions. New York follows a pure comparative negligence law, which means that you can get compensation even if you share some of the blame for your accident and injuries. That’s true, even if you’re 99% at fault.
A simple example can illustrate. Assume that, through negotiations, we reach an agreement that you were 30% to blame for the accident. If our negotiated settlement with the insurance company was $100,000, your award will be reduced by 30%. You’ll still be entitled to $70,000 in damages.
Your lawyer’s skills are particularly important in cases involving shared responsibility. We have over 40 years of experience standing up to insurance companies that try to reduce your compensation award using the shared fault rules. If you have questions about this or any other aspect of your claim, don’t hesitate to call for a free consultation.
How Much Money Can I Get If I Was Hurt in a New York City Bicycle Accident?
Every case is different. If your injuries were serious or permanent, you’ll generally be entitled to a higher compensation award. Our lawyers will work to get the full amount that you deserve to cover:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical care
- Reduced earning potential
- Physical therapy
- Long-term care
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of your loved one’s company or support if the accident resulted in wrongful death
- Damage to your bicycle or property
- And more
Insurance companies won’t freely offer the full amount you’re entitled to receive. An experienced injury lawyer can fight back to make sure you get all the money you deserve.
Call Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. to Speak With An Experienced Queens Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today
The most important thing you can do after a bicycle accident is to speak with an experienced Queens bicycle accident lawyer. At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our personal injury attorneys have dedicated our careers to helping injured cyclists in NYC. We’ll put over 40 years of experience to work for you.
To learn more about protecting your legal right to compensation, call our law firm for a free consultation today. We serve clients in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Staten Island, Queens, and across NYC.