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Bicycle Accidents in New York​

Bicycles in New York City are more popular than ever, with the introduction of the widely popular Citi Bikes. Today, New Yorkers use bicycles not only for fun and exercise, but also for commuting and work.

Unfortunately, collisions with bicycles and cars often result in fatal injuries because the cyclist’s body is not protected from contact with the vehicle.

You Deserve Compensation.

A bicycle accident can cause serious injuries over a long period of time that require a lot of care. Trauma can make physical activity difficult, reduce quality of life, and cause stress and anxiety.

It is unfair to face significant costs, serious injuries and lost wages if the accident is not your fault. If you were injured in a bicycle accident in New York, you should seek the help of an experienced law firm.

What Bicycle Accidents Do We Handle?

  • Dooring accidents
  • Left-cross accidents
  • Right-hand accidents
  • Right-cross accidents
  •  Rear-end accidents
  • Hit and run accidents
  • Road Hazard Accidents
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Determining Liability for a Bicycle Accident

In New York State, cyclists must obey the same traffic rules as motorists. Cyclists cannot have the right of way simply because they are riding a bicycle. It is important to know that most bicycle accidents cases consider the right of way to determine who is responsible for the accident.

Motorists and cyclists are subject to many laws to protect the safety of cyclists.

As a Driver You Must

  • Always keep the bike path clear.
  • Not exit your vehicle in such a way as to endanger the cyclist and cause the door to collide.
  •  Communicate with cyclists while cycling.
  • Warn cyclists when necessary, such as honking. Be careful not to hit the cyclist on the road.

As a Cyclist You Must

  • Always keep one ear open and only wear headphones in one ear.
  • Always use hand signals while turning and changing lanes.
  • Always use bike lanes when available and safe.
  • Not ride bikes on the freeway.
  • Always have one hand on the bike’s handlebars.
  • Not drift or hitch a ride by holding on to the back of a moving vehicle.
  • Follow all traffic laws and report accidents to the police.
  • The bike to always have proper reflectors and illumination
  • Not Overspeed

If you as a cyclist has violated any of the above traffic laws, you would be partially liable for the accident. 

Steps to Take After a Bicycle Accident


The authorities will come and take a police report. Make sure you obtain a copy of the accident report from the police officer, as well as the officer’s information for follow-up.


If you are able to, take notes of the happenings and take photos of the accident scene, including any hazards that might have contributed to the accident.  


Even if you believe you actually caused the accident, investigations may prove otherwise. Promptly admitting wrongdoing limits your chances of getting adequate compensation. 


If you are physically able, talk to witnesses in the area and collect their contact details if they let you – this will help your lawyer collect evidence later. Make sure the driver stays on the scene and get their insurance information.


Have a doctor assess the extent of your injuries as soon as possible. Some tissue injuries might not be visible to the naked eye and might require medical equipment to detect. Make sure you keep a copy of this medical documentation.


Contact a seasoned New York City bicycle crash attorney to discuss the facts of the bicycle accident case. The sooner you contact an attorney, the better so that they can advise on timelines and help collect evidence for your case.

How Long Do You Have to File a Bicycle Accident Claim?

The New York City statute of limitations gives you a strict timeline to file a bicycle accident lawsuit. You must file official notice with the City of New York within a specific timeline against the NYC Transportation Authority. Some no-fault insurance claims significantly reduce the time it takes to submit a claim for medical expenses. It's also important to remember that road conditions can change quickly in New York. If timely action is not taken, valuable evidence of the cause of the accident may be lost. Even if you are still recovering from an injury, a lawyer can help. Contact us today so we can review your case immediately.

What Type of Compensation Can I Recover?

There are certain types of damages that you can try to get compensation for in a bicycle accident case. These include:

  • Medical expenses.
  • Damage to personal property.
  • Lost wages 
  • Rehabilitation & therapy expenses. 
  • Pain and suffering 

Bicycle accidents do not only cause injuries. In severe cases, this can lead to an unjust death. In this case, the owner of the deceased’s estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Damages that a family member of a person killed in a bicycle accident can recover from a claim for wrongful death include:

  • Burial or cremation costs.
  • Funeral expenses.
  • Lost wages and benefits 
  • Medical expenses before death.
  • Pain and suffering

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