Bicycling is a way of life for many residents of New York City. Bikes offer
convenient and affordable transportation and are an excellent means of
exercise and recreation for thousands. New York City has the highest rate
of bicycle commuters of any city in the nation, according to the 2000
U.S. Census. In June 2009, New York City finished adding 200 miles of
bike lanes and other safety improvements to accommodate a 45 percent increase
in cycling in the past three years. The large volume of bicyclists, however,
makes accidents with pedestrians and motor vehicles more common than most
As New York's population and cyclist community continue to grow, the
number of bicycle accidents has increased as well. Despite a 6 percent
reduction in overall traffic fatalities, the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported a 21 percent increase in serious injuries to cyclists. In New
York City, a seven-year study between 1996 and 2005 found that 225 bicyclists
were killed; 92 percent of fatalities were the result of a crash with
a motor vehicle. The primary causes of these accidents were driver inattention,
disregard of traffic devices, and failure to yield the right of way. As
a result, cyclists who have suffered a serious injury or died due to an
accident with a motor vehicle may have grounds for a lawsuit if the driver
Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, L.L.P., you will find New York bicycle accident attorneys, personal injury and
wrongful death lawyers with the medical and legal knowledge to assist in the wake of a serious
New York City bicycle accident. For a
free consultation with our New York personal injury attorneys, please call (212) 406-1700 or
contact us online.
Do You Have Grounds for an Injury Lawsuit?
In order for an injured bicyclist to have grounds for a lawsuit, they must
be able to prove that the driver of the vehicle acted negligently. A driver's
actions are negligent if they violated a duty of care. A duty of care
is a legal obligation that individuals have to take certain precautions
when performing an action that could potentially cause harm. Drivers have
a duty of care to operate their vehicles in a responsible manner and uphold
all the rules of the road.
While proving a driver's negligence is essential, it does not in and
of itself constitute grounds for a lawsuit. Injured individuals must also
be able to prove that the driver's negligence was directly responsible
for their injury. For instance, a driver can act negligently and hit a
bicyclist, but they may not be found liable if their negligence did not
contribute to the accident. Furthermore, the victim must prove that they
suffered either economic or non-economic damages in order to have a valid case.
Bicyclists may have grounds for a lawsuit if their injury occurred due
to any of the following:
Call a New York Bicycle Accident Attorney Today
Individuals who have suffered a serious injury in a bicycle accident may
face considerable financial strain. Depending on the severity of the injury,
individuals may be forced to miss considerable time at work, causing them
to lose essential wages. Injured cyclists may also face expensive medical
bills which can cause significant harm if they lack insurance or the cost
exceeds their coverage. In cases where the injured cyclist's injuries
prove fatal, their surviving family members may face serious financial
hardships due to a permanently lost income. As a result, it is in the
best interests of injured cyclists and their families to seek an experienced
personal injury attorney in New York.
At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, we understand the financial
burden that a bicycle accident can cause riders and their families. Our
cyclist lawyers are committed to getting our clients lives back on track.
We look to recoup compensation for all of our clients' damages, including
lost wages, costly medical bills, pain and suffering, and wrongful death
when it is applicable. We use our experience and considerable resources
to pursue maximum compensation for all of our clients.
Our attorneys are recognized as leaders in New York personal injury trial
law. Six of our attorneys have achieved
AV Preeminent status with
Martindale-Hubbell representing the highest ranking for ethical standards and legal ability.
Five of our attorneys have been included in
Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan Area as published in the Magazine Section
of the New York Times. Our firm is listed among the
Best Lawyers in the State of New York and is listed among the Best Law Firms in the
New York Metro area by
US News & World Report.
If you or someone you love has suffered a serious or fatal injury in a
bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free review
of your legal options call (212) 406-1700 or contact us online. The attorneys
at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool take all cases on a contingency-fee
basis, meaning there is no charge unless we secure a monetary recovery.