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New York Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Hiring a New York Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Bicycles are increasing in popularity as more people use them for recreation, exercise, commuting, and work. In 2019, an estimated 48.9 million adults participated in cycling, up more than 5 million from 2009. 1.6 million adults ride their bikes at least once per year in New York City alone, while 793,000 participate regularly.

As with many urban areas and even some small towns, the city invested in bicycle infrastructure, installing 1,240 miles of bike lanes and 480 miles of protected bike lanes as of 2018. Bicycle accidents are still far too common despite increased cycling activity and bicycle infrastructure.

If a motorist hits you while on your bike, you may be eligible for compensation for damages and pain and suffering, and Sattler Law Group New York bicycle accident lawyers can help you pursue your claim.

Common Causes of Bike Accidents

New York Bicycle Accident Attorney

No matter what steps you take to protect yourself, you risk sustaining serious injuries whenever you share the road with cars and trucks. The driver of an automobile has a layer of metal shielding them, while your exposure makes you vulnerable to serious injury when a driver strikes you. 

In 2019, approximately 49,000 cyclists sustained injuries after getting hit by a car, representing 1.8% of all auto accident injuries. That same year, 846 riders lost their lives in a bicycle-car collision.

If a car hits you when you’re on your bike, a bike accident attorney can help you sort through the accident contributing causes. Crashes can happen quickly, leaving you no time to react. When you’re in traffic, attempting to avoid an accident may put you in even more danger. 

In addition to standard car accident causes — such as distracted driving, speeding and alcohol consumption — common bicycle accident causes include:

  • Turning in front of a cyclist
  • Opening a car door in front of an approaching rider
  • Running a stoplight or stop sign
  • Failing to yield when exiting a driveway
  • Passing a biker in traffic

The car does not have to travel at a high rate of speed to cause serious injury to a person riding a bicycle. A bicycle injury lawyer from Sattler Law Group is here to help you navigate the legal system and pursue your claim.

Laws Protecting Cyclists

While traffic laws require bicycle riders to adhere to the same road rules as cars, there are rules in place protecting cyclists when they share the road with vehicles. At Sattler Law Group, your bicycle accident lawyer helps you understand which laws may impact your case.

Though state laws vary, many establish insurance rules that provide compensation in bicycle accident cases when the driver is at fault in the accident. Additionally, some states have extra protections in place for vulnerable road users. In New York, relevant laws include the no-fault insurance laws and the vulnerable road user laws.

No-Fault Insurance

New York is one of 12 states with no-fault auto insurance legislation. The state requires vehicle owners to carry no-fault personal injury protection (PIP) as well as liability coverage. When drivers get into an accident, they must file a claim with their own insurance provider. Their insurance covers a minimum of up to $50,000 in medical bills, lost wages and other injury-related expenses when the driver or passengers sustain a car accident injury, regardless of who is at fault.

PIP also covers injury-related expenses when a car strikes a cyclist, no matter who caused the accident. If your injuries meet New York’s serious injury threshold, you can file a personal injury claim. Bike accident lawyers from Sattler Law Group are here to help you determine whether you might benefit from a personal injury lawsuit.

Vulnerable Road Users Laws

New York requires drivers to exercise extra caution to protect vulnerable road users, including cyclists. Failure to do so results in harsher penalties for the driver, including the potential for fines and jail time. Repeat offenders face the prospect of misdemeanor criminal charges.

New York City imposes a criminal misdemeanor charge when a driver fails to yield the right of way, causing injury to a bicyclist. When you work with a bicycle injury lawyer, you get a professional who protects your rights as a vulnerable road user and pursues all legal avenues available to you.

New York Bike Accident Lawyer

Bicycle Accident Lawyer Role

At Sattler Law Group, we take your case seriously, dedicating our time and efforts to getting you full and fair compensation for your losses. Contacting an attorney right away is imperative, as there are deadlines you must adhere to for filing no-fault insurance claims and personal injury liability suits. You have 30 days from the time of the accident to file with the driver’s insurance provider for a no-fault claim and three years to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Your attorney can ensure you don’t miss any critical deadlines while also providing the following services:

  • Collecting and preserving the evidence: Our team gathers all proof related to your accident. They may visit the accident scene, take photographs, obtain surveillance videos, talk to eyewitnesses, interview investigating officers, and consult with medical providers.
  • Talking to insurance providers: We handle the communication with the driver’s insurance company. If they attempt to deny your claim or offer a low-ball settlement, we’re here to protect your rights.
  • Calculating the losses: We examine and analyze every loss, including any you may encounter in the future such as rehabilitation, ongoing medical expenses, and reduced work capacity. We also calculate pain and suffering damages.
  • Fighting for fair compensation: When your losses meet the threshold or serious injury, we fight for you to pursue a personal injury claim, representing you in court if the need arises.

Working with an experienced bicycle accident attorney may improve your chances of seeing a favorable outcome for your bicycle accident case.

Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer at Sattler Law Group

The team at Sattler Law firm is ready to help injured cyclists recover the full extent of their losses. If you sustained an injury from a collision with a car, let us get to work on setting the wheels in motion to provide legal advice and litigate your case. Contact us today to set up a consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer.

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