What To Do After A Bike Accident
Being hit by a car or another vehicle while riding your bike is a scary experience. Avid bicyclists should arm themselves with information as to what to do after a bike accident in the event that they become the victim of this type of situation.
Most bicycle accidents happen in New York City when a motor vehicle driver fails to yield the right of way at an intersection or suddenly turns into the path of a bicyclist. The results aren’t pretty. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, there were over 5,000 bicycle-motor vehicle crashes in New York State, and 47 of those involved the death of the bicyclist. There is a definite trend that shows an increase of bicycle and motor vehicle crash fatalities. The NYC Department of Transportation also raises its concern:
- Over 3,600 bicyclists were seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes from 1996-2003.
- Nearly all bicyclist fatalities (92 percent) occurred as a result of a crash with a motor vehicle.
- Most bicyclists who died were male (91 percent) and were between the age of 45-54.
- Queens had the highest child bicyclist death rate of all five boroughs.
At Michael Gunzburg, P.C., our experienced and trusted attorneys are dedicated to helping individuals understand their rights and options after a bicycle or other motor vehicle accident. We are on your side every step of the way.
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We recommend that you take the following steps if you find yourself hit by a car:
Seek medical attention. If you are seriously injured, paramedics and other emergency personnel should be called to the scene of the bicycle accident. If you can walk away from the accident, it is essential that you still seek a doctor’s evaluation. Many serious injuries may not be immediately apparent and can be discovered through a thorough physical assessment. In addition, documentation from your doctor can be crucial in constructing a personal injury case.
Call the police. Regardless of whether or not you are injured, law enforcement should be called to the scene of the accident. There they can document your statement, the negligent party’s statement and any witness statements, as well as their neutral assessment of the accident scene and any additional impressions.
Gather evidence. If you are able to, it is important to document the accident scene. Cellphone cameras are great for this, as photos are the best way to show the end position of the car or other vehicle that struck you while you were on your bike. Also, obtaining the driver’s information may allow you to contact him or her regarding financial and personal losses that are sustained from the accident. Witness contact information is helpful as well.
Seek help from a lawyer. To ensure your rights are protected after you have been injured, enlist an attorney. Without a lawyer on your side, you may be facing an uphill battle in the fight to recover for your losses. Our firm works tirelessly to see that our clients get the compensation they deserve after they have been the victim of someone else’s negligence. We handle the legal details so you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life.
How We Can Help
Our firm is committed to seeking compensation from any and all negligent parties, including careless drivers and other bicyclists and their insurance companies. It may be possible to recover compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses and property damage, such as bike damage, as a result of the accident.
Contact Our Firm Today To Learn More
To discuss your specific bike accident situation and injuries or to schedule a free initial consultation, call our New York City firm at 212-725-8500. You can also get in touch with us using our online contact form.