When bicycles and automobiles share the road, accidents happen. And as more people take up bicycling, the number of accidents increases as well. Unfortunately for bicyclists, bicycles 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 an attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. to schedule a free consultation. We will help you and your family get your lives back on track.
In our bicycle accident practice, 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 bicycle accident attorney 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 attorneys 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 bicycle accident attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & 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 attorneys will advocate for your full and fair financial recovery.