Riding a bicycle has become more and more popular. Unfortunately, it also means that more and more bicyclists are injured in motor vehicle accidents. Just in 2019, over 800 bicyclists died in the United States as a result of motor vehicle accidents. Dozens of bicyclists die every year in New York City as a result of such accidents. Of course, many more are injured, sometimes catastrophically. These accidents happen from collisions at intersections, sideswipes on highways, as well as “dooring” incidents when vehicle occupants open their doors into traffic.
In New York State, bicyclists have recourse against motor vehicle operators and owners for the damages they suffer as a result of the operators’ negligence. No-Fault benefits, provided by the vehicle owner’s automobile insurance carrier, will pay for medical treatment as well as lost income and other miscellaneous expenses.
In addition, you may be able to bring a claim or file a lawsuit against the owner and driver for your injuries and for pain and suffering. If you are involved in an accident as a bicyclist, it is important to make sure the police are called, to obtain medical treatment, to try and take photos or video at the scene if you are able (or have someone do it for you), and to gather information from the involved parties, including insurance coverage and motor vehicle details, and any witness information. Of course, your first priority should always be getting medical care for your injuries.
And it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after your accident, one who has successfully handled motor vehicle accident cases for decades, like Christopher Patsos (and his assistant, Carmen Diaz). You will get professional and personal and friendly treatment as well as great results.