When bicycles and cars share the road, accidents happen. As more people take up bicycling, the number of accidents increases as well. Unfortunately for bicyclists, bikes are no match for automobiles and resulting injuries are often severe and sometimes deadly. Bicycles generally have the same rights as automobiles on New York roads, but many drivers still do not respect those rights. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, contact a Long Island bike accident attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. to schedule a free consultation.
We will help you and your family get your lives back on track. Our personal injury lawyers can help you obtain the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma.
During our extensive experience representing bicyclists throughout New York State, we have found that most bicycle accidents happen for one of two reasons: 1. Drivers do not respect bicyclists’ rights to use the road, and their aggressive or hostile driving leads to an accident, or 2. Drivers simply do not see bicyclists on the road. Under these circumstances, automobiles frequently violate bicyclists’ rights by following too closely, crowding their lanes, failing to yield to bicyclists’ right of way, and turning into or in front of oncoming bicycles. Other causes include occupants of parked cars opening their doors into bicyclists’ paths and dangerous road conditions and hazards.
After a bicycle accident, you should contact law enforcement and seek medical treatment. Your accident and injuries will be documented in the police report and medical records, both of which will help in your financial recovery process. You will also want to preserve accident evidence such as your damaged bicycle and helmet. Finally, you should contact an experienced Long Island bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your claim.
Our attorneys have handled countless bicycle accident claims. They will review the accident report and interview witnesses, gather important evidence, and communicate with insurance companies. The driver’s insurance company may attempt to contact you, and you should not speak with them. They are not on your side, and their goal is to pay as little as possible for your claim. Our Long Island bicycle accident lawyers will negotiate with insurance companies and defense attorneys to see that you receive a full and fair settlement. And if their settlement offers would not fairly compensate you, our attorneys will be prepared to take your case to trial.
If someone’s negligence or recklessness caused your bicycle accident and injuries, contact a Long Island bicycle accident attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. for a case evaluation. We will discuss your accident, resulting injuries, and potential recovery options. You deserve compensation for your injuries and damages, and our Long Island personal injury attorneys will advocate for your full and fair financial recovery.