Biking is a great way to get around much of New York. But cyclists also face tremendous risks.
Even if you wear a helmet and take all the necessary precautions, you cannot control the actions of others on the road.
And because bicycles offer little protection to riders, the injuries cyclists face after a collision with another vehicle tend to be severe.
We take a unique client-centered approach to every case we handle, ensuring your case receives the attention it deserves.
What Are the Most Common Bicycle Accident Injuries?
While car accidents and bicycle accidents share some similarities, when it comes to the types of injuries these accidents cause, they can be quite different.
Bicycles offer no external protection to riders, who are almost always knocked off the bike after a collision. This initial impact is often the source of serious injury.
However, the secondary impact when the cyclist hits the ground can be even more damaging.
Some of the most common injuries from a bike accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries,
- Broken bones,
- Fractured ribs,
- Road rash,
- Sprains and strains,
- Neck and back injuries,
- Facial injuries, and
- Internal organ damage.
Bike accident injuries are often immediately apparent. But it is also common for cyclists not to notice any serious aches or pains until days or even weeks after an accident.
Thus, it is essential for anyone injured in a New York bicycle accident to obtain prompt medical care to ensure that they don’t develop serious injuries down the road.
Heading to the doctor as soon as possible after an accident is also important because it creates a record of your injuries, which may be helpful should you decide to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who struck you.
Can Bicycle Accident Victims Recover Compensation After an Accident Even If They Were Not Wearing a Helmet?
Yes, under New York law, bicycle accident victims who were not wearing a helmet may still pursue a claim for compensation against the at-fault party.
However, under the state’s pure comparative negligence system, an accident victim’s total recovery amount will be reduced by their own percentage of fault.
The information provided on this page speaks in general terms. Of course, there are often exceptions that apply in certain situations. For a complete list of all exceptions, please consult the Consolidated Laws of New York.
Attorney Ted Naima is also happy to answer any questions you have about your injuries or your ability to pursue a claim against the responsible party.
Speak with an Experienced New York Bicycle Accident Attorney About Your Case
Ted has been representing accident victims and their families in all types of injury claims for more than 25 years.
He commands an impressive knowledge of the legal principles that govern these cases and has a proven track record of successfully negotiating with insurance companies to secure robust compensation awards for his clients.
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