New York City is a highly pedestrian city, with many residents commuting by foot and by bike. According to the city of New York, over 750,000 New Yorkers ride bicycles at least several times per month. In fact, 25% of New York City adults ride bikes. However, bicycle accidents injure thousands of New Yorkers every single year.
These collisions occur between bicycles and motor vehicles. The consequences can be life-altering and sometimes fatal. If you suffered injuries as the result of a bicycle accident, you may be eligible to pursue legal action to recover compensation for your damages. The personal injury attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C., are here to assist you with your bicycle accident case.
The lawyers at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C., have litigated all types of personal injury cases, including bicycle accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and more. We provide the resources and tools necessary to conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your accident. In addition, our attorneys provide vigorous, uncompromising, and skillful representation for your legal proceedings.
Clients choose our firm because of our established history as a prestigious personal injury firm in New York City.
According to the 2017 New York City Department of Transportation Bicycle Crash Data Report, bicycle accidents are a common occurrence in the city.
Under New York law, you have two options for filing a claim for a bicycle accident. You can choose to file a claim with an insurance company or you can file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court. Whichever option you choose, hire a bicycle accident attorney to guide you through the process.
New York is a no-fault insurance state, meaning that you must file an insurance claim within 30 days of the accident with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Each driver must have at least $50,000 in no-fault benefits or personal injury protection.
However, you must satisfy several eligibility requirements to receive these benefits. A bicycle accident attorney can navigate these requirements. He or she can also help you enter negotiate with an insurance company to receive a fair settlement.
While filing a claim with an insurance company may seem like the easiest route to take, you may not receive the compensation you require for recovery. Perhaps your medical bills exceed $50,000 or the insurance company offers you a lower settlement than you need. In these cases, you may consider filing a personal injury lawsuit in civil court.
You have three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. You can recover damages for:
To find a bicycle accident attorney in New Jersey or New York, contact Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C., today. Our firm has litigation experience across multiple personal injury practice areas, including bicycle accident cases.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at our Manhattan offices and learn more about your legal options.