Bicycle rentals are becoming more and more
popular in the New York area and as a
result, bicycle accidents are on the rise.
New vendors are popping up all over the city
offering inexpensive cycling alternatives
for locals and tourists. Often these part
time bicyclists have little experience
navigating the busy streets and drivers are
unaware of the increased usage that has
become a growing trend. Hundreds of
bike rental programs and self-service
stations are now available in Manhattan and
Brooklyn alone and what looks like a simple
riding experience can lead to serious
occur for a wide variety of reasons including:
unsafe lane changes and drivers not paying attention,
changing traffic patterns; etc. Dangerous conditions can occur on public
or private property and often times the property owner
may be held liable. The vast majority of fatal or
serious bicycle accidents occur in urban areas, most
commonly around intersections or on busy streets.
causes of bicycle accidents include:
other motor vehicles pulling out or changing
lanes in front of bicyclists.
who fail to yield at an intersection or
cut in front of a bicycle when making
opening their doors without seeing the
Depending on the
circumstances of an accident you can still sue the
driver who hit you even
if you were partly at fault.
Sometimes bicyclists are at fault themselves. New York
is a comparative negligence state which means that a
bicyclist's own mistakes do not bar him from suing a
vehicle operator who also contributed to the accident.
Your recovery will be reduced by the percentage that you
are found to be at fault. In other words, if the jury were to award
you $2 million for your injuries but determined that you
were 50% at fault, your recovery would be limited to $1
York State Insurance Law provides that a
bicyclist must file a No-Fault claim within
thirty days of the accident with the insurance
carrier for the vehicle regardless of who was at
fault. No-Fault provides coverage not only
for necessary medical expenses, but for a
portion of your lost earnings as well. If the
bicyclist was injured on the job, Workers'
Compensation will pay the medical bills. We can
explain what documents you will need to file
under either circumstance.
Hill & Moin LLP
regularly provides our clients with detailed
recommendations about what precautions to take after an
accident occurs. These valuable tips can make all
the difference in developing a solid bicycle injury case
that may enhance your claim by thousands of dollars or
It is important to
carefully select your law firm. Be certain that you
are retaining a reputable law firm with vast experience
in litigating bicycle rental accidents.
listening to the details of your bicycle injury
case, a good attorney can make a reasonable
assessment of potential damages and liable
parties. At Hill & Moin LLP, we will listen
to the details of your case and help determine
who was at fault. In addition, we commonly
utilize a variety of experts who can help
reconstruct the circumstances of your accident
and establish potential liabilities.
the vehicle operator will have attorneys who will
try to refute and devalue your case.
Having a bicycle accident attorney on your side
will help fight and counter the testimony given
by the driver.
Remember, not all
injuries surface immediately. For example, back injuries may
become worse weeks after the incident.
Make sure you seek medical attention for any
injuries that you received as a result of the
accident as soon as possible.
If you or someone you know was injured while riding a
bicycle in the five Counties of New York - Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn,
Queens and Richmond, you may be entitled to
"I had a pretty nasty bicycle
accident... A driver opened his door
right as I was approaching the car.
I landed on my left side breaking my
left elbow and hip. I was put in touch
with Hill & Moin, I can recommend them
highly... You can depend on them..."
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