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Following some 25 cycling deaths this year, New York City has recently adjusted the timing of certain traffic lights to better accommodate cyclists. Essentially, the change seeks to give those traveling under 15 mph more consecutive green lights, and those who travel by car more red lights, in effect prioritizing cyclists over other motorists in the city. Rather obviously, the change has received mixed reviews, as many motorists feel traffic is now far less tolerable, while cyclists, unsurprisingly, are very pleased with the change.

No matter where you stand on the issue, everyone can agree that the safety of cyclists is very important, especially with the recent uptick in cyclist injuries and deaths. Cyclists are more vulnerable to the elements than perhaps all others on the road, so when they are involved in accidents, the injuries sustained as a result are very often severe. If you are someone who has been involved in a bicycle accident, you may seek financial compensation to help pay for your recovery. If you find yourself in this situation, despite the recent change made to traffic lights in the city, please read on to learn more about your legal options going forward:

How do I sue someone for an injury?

The most important component of a successful lawsuit is proving that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Very often, insurance companies will do whatever they can do deny you the compensation you need, so you must reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as you can. Attorneys are educated and trained to collect and present evidence as efficiently as possible. If you win your claim, you will receive compensation to help pay for your medical bills, cover the cost of your lost wages, and more.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit in New York?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years. This means that you will have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against a negligent party. If you wait any longer than three years, you will most likely be denied your right to sue. Though it may seem like you have all the time in the world, you do not. The sooner you file, the better. Reach out to our firm today to get the claims process started.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


Settlement to a barista who slipped and fell on a defective stairwell while working for Starbucks who sustained back injuries requiring multiple surgeries in 2012.


Settlement to a woman who was assaulted and sustained back/hip injuries in 2015.


Verdict to a high school student who was assaulted by a school dean during her lunch period dislocating her hip in 2014.


Settlement to a man who was run over by a dump truck on a Brooklyn street causing him to sustain multiple injuries, including but not limited to a broken leg and detached urethra in 2019.


Settlement to a woman who slipped and fell down a wet stairwell in a New York City Housing Authority building requiring a back surgery in 2018.

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