The enormous amount of traffic found in New York City has led many people to use bicycles as their primary mode of transportation, and as the city grows, more bicycle activity can be expected.
Authorities believe that as many as half a million cyclists are on New York’s streets every day. This number includes delivery cyclists, messengers, pedicabs, pedestrians, and even tourists participating in city-wide bike tours.
The unfortunate side effect of the rising number of bicyclists is that there has also been a rise in the number of injuries suffered by bicyclists. As opposed to automobile drivers who are surrounded by a steel structure, bicyclists face a much higher risk of crash-related injuries. In most cases, a bicyclist’s only form of protection is a helmet.
If you have been hurt while riding a bicycle, you need an experienced and effective personal injury lawyer to help you pursue damages for all your losses. At the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC., our top-rated accident attorneys have the skill, knowledge, experience and resources to help you get the compensation that you need.
Who will pay for your medical bills, lost earnings, and other expenses?
When you retain the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff to help you with your recovery from a bicycle accident, we will ensure first and foremost that your expenses are covered. If you are injured by a motor vehicle while riding a bicycle, the insurance carrier of the motor vehicle will pay for your medical bills, lost earnings, and other expenses.
Our skilled bicycle accident attorneys will immediately put the carrier on notice of our representation of you and file an application for benefits for you. This will preserve your rights to have your expenses as a result of your injuries covered by the carrier, including medical expenses, lost earnings, transportation (to and from the doctor), housekeeping and other necessary expenditures.
What are common causes of bicycle accidents?
The cause of every bicycle accident is unique. At the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, we investigate each accident precisely and aggressively protect the rights of people who have been injured while riding a bicycle.
Our attorneys have handled bicycle accident claims arising from all types of negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, including:
- Lack of appropriate attention by drivers
- Failure by drivers to obey traffic laws, including yielding, failure to signal, stop signs, red lights, etc.
- Being “doored” in Class II/III bike lanes, when drivers failing to exercise caution when opening their door after parking next to a bike lane
- Creation of dangerous cycling circumstances by drivers
- Negligence in the maintenance of roadways or bike paths such as potholes, cracks, uneven surfaces, etc.
- Dangerous or defective components on a bicycle
- Drivers impaired by fatigue or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Defects in manufacturing, such as faulty bike chains or wheels
I was involved in a cycling accident that resulted in a truck crushing my leg. Having never been in this type of situation before and not knowing of any type of recourse, I was referred to Law offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff.
In Michael and his team I found a group of highly experienced professionals who have a deep ethic of wanting to help victims. They educated me, fought for me and thoughtfully guided me through this difficult time. I highly recommend their services.
If you were injured by a motor vehicle, the vehicle’s insurance carrier will pay
New York has a “No-Fault” insurance provision that protects cyclists, meaning that the expenses resulting from your bicycle accident injuries are supposed to be covered by the insurance carrier of the car you were struck and injured by regardless of who was at fault for the accident.
No-Fault benefits that are covered include:
- Medical Expenses – If you are injured in a bicycle accident, you will have up to $50,000.00 dollars of coverage for any medical bills
- Lost Earnings – If you are a bicycle accident victim, you are entitled to recover 80% of your lost earnings up to $2,000.00 per month
- Transportation and Housekeeping Expenditures – Transportation to and from the doctor and housekeeping expenditures are reimbursable for a maximum for both of $ 25.00 per day. You must keep receipts and an accounting for any reimbursement
No-Fault benefits are great, but they can’t cover all of the losses that you have experienced from the accident. Consult the attorneys at our office about bringing a lawsuit to for additional compensation, including recovery related to:
- Additional medical bills
- Lost wages, including both present and future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Expenses related to the bicycle
- Mental anguish
Who pays to fix or replace my bicycle (property damage)?
In addition to representing you for your injuries in your bicycle crash, if your bike has been damaged, the bicycle accident lawyers at our firm will assist you free of charge in recovering money for the repair or replacement of your bike.
This is a service we perform on behalf of all of our clients and will not be included in our contingency fee.
What you should do following a bicycle accident:
Seek medical attention
Your first priority should be to seek prompt medical attention following a bicycle accident. This is necessary for your continuing safety and well-being. In addition, it provides documentation that will detail the extent of your injuries. Some injuries may be plainly apparent for all to see, but some injuries may only be noticed by the careful eye of a trained professional. This documentation is extremely beneficial when litigating and determining the amount of your compensation.
Get an accident report
An accident report will provide a record of the facts surrounding your bicycle accident. This report will also include the names and contact information of people involved in the incident.
The accident report is useful in referring to accidents that occurred so long ago that memories have faded. The report will also serve as an official record that can be referred to in the case of disputes between you and other parties.
Get a police report
When the police arrive, politely insist that a report be made. Do not allow the police to convince you that you can file a report at a later date. This police report will protect your rights and may be necessary to help ensure your compensation for the accident.
Consult an attorney
Our experienced accident lawyers will obtain the police reports immediately to determine the allegations of fault. Additionally, we will take the statements of witnesses quickly before their memories and sympathy fade as time passes.
Pictures of the accident scene will be taken along with those of the damaged vehicle. Accident reconstruction experts may need to be retained as well.
The prevailing statutes and laws regarding the particular jurisdiction of the accident site (i.e. speed limits) must be ascertained. Insurance company information must be immediately obtained. We will place the defendants and their insurance companies on notice of our representation of you so that they will not attempt to contact you.
Ask our clients about our results in New York bicycle accident cases
"I was riding my bicycle and was cut off by a woman in a car. She hit me and I went flying over the car and broke my femur. I went to emergency surgery and it required a steel rod implant and screws and pins. Originally I had an attorney who was recommended by a friend of my fathers and they handled the case very poorly. I was very unhappy.
"I found Michael Lamonsoff through my aunt. She had great success with him and recommended I go see him immediately. As soon as I called they set me up with an appointment and paid for me to come in to see Michael. He met with me personally which I really appreciated it.
"Everyone in the office conducts themselves professionally. They accommodated me and made sure I knew what to expect every step of the way. I felt very well taken care of which is what I was looking for in an attorney.
"I was told that my case could take three years to close but Michael got it done in 6 months and I couldn't be happier. Michael is an excellent attorney and I will always use him."
Contact the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC.
The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff and its personal injury attorneys are expert in bicycle accident cases and will aggressively litigate cases for those that are injured. Our bicycle accident attorneys have more than 100 years of combined legal experience.
Take immediate steps to protect your rights. Don’t risk the loss of evidence or the fading memories of witnesses.
We will immediately move to take all bicycle injury claims on a contingency basis. We won’t charge legal fees unless we recover compensation for your losses. Our aggressive and comprehensive approach has secured many of the largest verdicts and settlements in New York for our clients.
If you or a loved one suffered from an injury sustained in a bicycle accident, lawyers with the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC are ready to discuss your case. We invite you to contact us for a no-cost consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 877-MSL-4LAW.
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