Over the past two decades, cycling has become incredibly popular in New York City. Because riding a bike is healthy for the operator, environmentally conscious, and good for the flow of traffic, the city has taken measures to accommodate and even incentivize bicycling.
For example, the Department of Transportation is trying to establish a network of bike paths that connect all five boroughs. Creating designated bike lanes that traverse the entire city will make riding in traffic much safer; however, even if cyclists stay in their lanes and follow all right-of-way laws, they can still end up in a devastating collision with a drunk or distracted driver.
If you were struck by a vehicle while riding your bike, a personal injury lawyer from The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny can help you understand your rights and file a claim for compensation. Mr. Kenny has more than 26 years of experience in legal practice. Call 212-421-0300 to schedule a free case evaluation with a bicycle accident attorney in New York City.
Here are just some of the parties who might be liable for damages incurred in a bicycle accident:
- The Cyclist or Motorist Involved
In New York City, cyclists must follow all applicable traffic laws. For example, they must obey all traffic signs and use hand signals when turning or decelerating. If a cyclist violates one of these laws and a collision results, he or she may be partially liable; however, if a driver behaves negligently and strikes a cyclist, that driver would be considered at fault for the crash.
Since New York is a “no-fault” state, though, the cyclist would likely file a claim with the motorist’s insurance provider in either scenario. Even when a cyclist is partially liable for an accident, the vehicle’s no-fault coverage will usually apply.
- A Government Entity
If a cyclist ends up in a wreck because of a massive pothole, unmarked curb, or broken traffic signal, the local agency responsible for maintaining the roads could be responsible. In such a scenario, it is wise to call a personal injury attorney as soon as possible because there are strict deadlines for suing a government entity in New York. Typically, injured parties must file their claim within 90 days of the incident.
- The Bicycle Manufacturer
Bicycles are a consumer product like any other, which means defects can and do occur. Sometimes, these defects can have tragic consequences. If the brakes fail at a busy intersection, for example, the manufacturer may be liable for any damages that result.
Call 212-421-0300 to Speak with a Bicycle Accident Lawyer in New York City
If you were hurt in a bicycle accident, turn to The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny. Since 2002, our firm has been helping injured parties recover the compensation they deserve from liable parties. Call 212-421-0300 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a New York City personal injury attorney.