Cycling is a favorite across New York in the fall, especially in the City, where you can see cyclists virtually everywhere. Cycling is a healthy, cost-efficient means of getting from place to place, however, cycling can also be very dangerous. If you are a cyclist and were injured in an accident, there is a very good chance you may be entitled to financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and any other damages you have incurred. Please read on to learn more about how our firm can help you.
What can cause a bicycle accident?
Bicycle accidents can be caused by any number of factors, including poor weather conditions, such as rain, snow, or even wet leaves, now that autumn is upon us. Additionally, bicycle accidents can also be caused by defective bicycle parts or negligent road design. However, the most common cause of bicycle accidents is driver negligence. Some examples of driver negligence are as follows:
- Texting and driving
- Driving while drowsy
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Smoking or eating while driving
- Unsafely changing lanes
- Ignoring all traffic lights, signs, and other rules and regulations of the road
How are people injured in bicycle accidents?
Rather obviously, cyclists are far more vulnerable and exposed than all essentially all other motorists. This is why when cyclists are involved in accidents, they are very often severely injured as a result. Some of the injuries that have recovered financial compensation in the past are as follows:
- Broken bones
- Spinal trauma
- Head trauma or concussions
- Back injuries
- Wrongful death
Do I qualify for compensation?
To successfully sue a negligent party, you must hire an attorney who knows how to prove negligence. If your attorney can prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you will most likely recover the compensation you need. An attorney will gather, collect, and present various forms of evidence to prove your claim. For example, your attorney will work to obtain surveillance footage of the accident, pictures of the accident’s aftermath, medical documents and records of your injuries, police reports of the accident, eyewitness statements, and more.
What is the statute of limitations in New York State?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State is three years, which means you will have three years from the date of your accident to file a claim against a negligent party. If you fail to file within the allotted time, you will be barred from suing. Do not let this happen. Our firm can help get you started on your way to recovery.
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.