Thousands of bicyclist and pedestrians are injured every year in Long Island accidents. Many of these riders suffer great injuries, often requiring surgery. There can be tremendous medical expense as well as lost wages. While bicyclists may not have much physical protection against the drivers of cars or trucks, they do have the protection of the law. Drivers are obligated to observe the laws of the road and behave with care and courtesy. When you are the victim of a bicycle accident, seek wise counsel from the bicycle accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Frederick Altschuler.
Count on a personal Injury attorney from our law firm to handle cases involving bicycle-auto accidents, whether it involves injury or death. With 50 years of combined experience, our lawyers have had many successful verdicts and settlements. Request a free consultation from our bike accident attorney today.
Bicycle Accidents from Collision, Road Conditions, or Defects
The law defines what qualifies as a bicycle accident. The circumstances can involve an accident that results from a collision with another vehicle, unsafe road conditions, or a defective bicycle. Our lawyers are skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to all types of bike accidents and always seek the maximum amount of compensation for you.
When you receive injuries in a bike accident, you may have extensive medical expenses and rehabilitation costs to pay, while losing wages for the time you cannot work. In addition, there is often tremendous pain and suffering from the accident. We take all of these into account when seeking a fair amount for compensation.
The Law for Bike Riders
When it comes to safety, the rider of a bicycle and the driver of a motor vehicle both must obey the law. Bicyclists are considered vehicles and when on the road, they are required to follow the same laws as cars do.
According to the law, bike riders should go with the flow of traffic, not against it. They should not drink and ride. Plus, young bicyclists are required to wear helmets. However, we recommend that bike riders of all ages wear helmets to protect themselves.
When Bicyclists Are on the Road
Drivers should always be on the alert for bike riders or pedestrians and exercise extra caution. As the law considers bicycles to be vehicles, you should treat the bike rider as you would another car.
It is illegal for a car to drive in the designated bike lane unless getting ready to turn off the road. In instances when a car and the bike rider are both using the right lane, the law requires that the car yields the right of way. Knowing the laws makes sharing the road safer for bike riders and car drivers.
BICYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYER | LONG ISLAND
For those seeking legal compensation for bicycle accidents in Long Island, NY, it's important to hire an bicycle accident lawyer in Long Island experienced in personal injury law, particularly one familiar with the nuances of the law pertaining to bicycle accidents. At the Law Offices of Frederick W. Altschuler, one of our experienced attorneys will advise you of your rights under the law and fight to get you all the compensation to which you are entitled.
The Facts About Bicycle Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 900 bicycle-related deaths occurred in 2013, along with nearly half a million emergency room visits due to bicycle-related accidents. The state of New York ranks 10th in the nation for bicycle related fatalities, with the lion's share of accidents occurring in and around New York City.
Between medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses, bicycle injuries result in billions of dollars' worth of losses each year — over $10 billion total since 2010. With the increased number of bicyclists on the roads in recent years, these statistics are only likely to rise, and with the increased traffic in Garden City and Long Island, the risk of injury is as high as it's ever been.
Why You Need a Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Long Island
Obviously, your risks are greatly reduced with safe bicycling practices like wearing a helmet and observing all applicable traffic laws. However, if you happen to be in an injury-causing bicycling accident that is not your fault, you could be out many thousands of dollars between medical bills and lost productivity.
As with any other personal injury case, the insurance companies and those at fault aren't likely to pay you all to which you are entitled unless you have a skilled attorney in your corner. Our lawyers are experienced in bicycle injury accidents. They know the particulars of the law as they relate to your case and can provide compassionate support, expert advice, and proven strategies to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, it's important to hire a knowledgeable bicycle accident lawyer in Long Island as soon as possible. For a free consultation regarding bicycle accidents in Garden City, NY as well as Long Island and the five boroughs of New York, contact the Law Offices of Frederick W. Altschuler today.
Contact us or call us at 516-746-7600 today to protect your best interests when you are the victim of a bicycle accident. Our lawyers provide capable and compassionate legal service to clients in Long Island, Garden City, and all five boroughs of New York City.