How to Recover Compensation Following a Bicycle Accident in New York

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How to Recover Compensation Following a Bicycle Accident in New York

Whether you enjoy riding your bicycle for fun in the suburbs or use it as your primary means of transportation in the city, bicyclists are everywhere in New York. Bicycles are free to ride, you can enjoy a nice cool breeze, and cycling is a downright healthy activity, so it is no secret why people enjoy it. However, bicyclists are far less protected than other motor vehicles on the road, and other motorists very often fail to show cyclists the respect they deserve. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of bicycle accidents?

In New York, there are several potential bicycle hazards that have nothing to do with driver negligence. Here are some examples:

  • Inclement weather conditions, such as black ice or heavy rain
  • Poor road conditions, such as potholes
  • Negligent road design
  • Faulty or defective bicycle parts

Unfortunately, though these all contribute to bicycle accidents, the most common cause is driver negligence. 

What are the different types of driver negligence?

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, then you are most likely entitled to financial compensation. Here are some examples of negligent driving behavior:

  • Texting while driving
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Eating, smoking or navigating directions while driving
  • Disciplining children while driving
  • Failure to yield
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Blind spots
  • Excessively speeding
  • Driving while drowsy or fatigued
  • Failing to comply with traffic signs and lights
  • Failing to comply with other rules and regulations of the road

How can I prove another party was negligent in a personal injury claim?

One of the most important things you can do in proving your claim is to first hire an experienced attorney to have your back. Regardless if you have proof or not, insurance companies will do whatever they can to deny you of your compensation, and an attorney will ensure you take the necessary legal steps to fight back. While you are still on the scene of the accident, you should ask and witnesses for their contact information, if you are still physically able. They may help verify your claim in court. Additionally, if you were wearing a GoPro or are able to obtain security camera footage of the accident, this may greatly boost your chances of proving your claim. Lastly, though perhaps most importantly, you must seek medical attention in the hours following your accident. A medical professional will treat you accordingly and provide you with medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries.

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