Brooklyn Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Bicycle Injury Lawyers Serving New York & New Jersey
New Yorkers know all too well that bicycle accidents and collisions are sadly a common occurrence in the city, especially in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island, and northern New Jersey. Our narrow streets, busy sidewalks and intersections, and traffic congestion help set the stage for bicycle accidents. When speeding, or drunk or distracted drivers are involved, especially when the person at fault is driving a car, truck, SUV or bus, the injuries sustained by the bicyclist can be devastating; the fatality rate is nearly 30% higher for bicycle accident victims than for car accident victims.
If you have been injured in a bicycle collision, or have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, the lawyers at The Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates can help. We have been representing victims of bicycle accidents, negligence, and other accidents and personal injuries for over 30 years and have the knowledge and experience to hold the party responsible for your injuries accountable. In order to protect your right to compensation, please call 718-509-6816 today to speak with one of our Brooklyn bicycle accident lawyers.
Accidents Involving Bikes and Larger Motor Vehicles
Bicycle collisions can occur anywhere, but usually occur on busy city streets and at intersections, school areas, parks, sidewalks and bike lanes. Both children and adults are vulnerable. Frequently, bike accidents are caused by impaired, reckless or distracted drivers who are not paying attention. A reckless or impaired driver may speed, weave into other lanes and miss or ignore crosswalks, stop signs and traffic signals. As a bicyclist it is difficult to defend yourself against vehicles physically, but we can help defend you in court or against insurance companies to make sure that you are compensated for an injury or accident.
Conversely, you can also be injured by a bicyclist. New York City’s Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) provides instructions to bicyclists on how to share the road responsibly with cars and reminds them that under New York State Law, bicycles are defined as vehicles. Just like motor vehicles, a bicycle can also be a lethal weapon in the hands of someone who speeds, isn’t paying attention, or doesn’t obey traffic laws.
NYC DOT specifies the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists. The department shares the following instructions for cyclists to ride more safely:
- Ride on the street, not on the sidewalks
- Ride with traffic, not against it
- Obey all traffic signals, signs and pavement markings
- Do not ride on expressways, highways, interstate routes, throughways and drives
- Use marked bike lanes or paths when available
- Do not have more than one earphone attached to an audio device
- For children under age 13, use safety and visibility equipment such as headlights, taillights, bells or whistles, working brakes, reflectors and helmets
Both New York and New Jersey have bicycle lanes to allow for the safe travel of bikes.
Unfortunately, not everyone respects or even notices them. The cities and boroughs of New York and New Jersey are full of bicycles. They are also full of vehicles and accidents waiting to happen. Protect yourself and your family by having knowledgeable and diligent bicycle accident lawyers on your side who have years of experience serving Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx, Manhattan, New York and New Jersey. We passionately fight for our clients to ensure they get the compensation they need and deserve for such things as short-term and long-term medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Our cases include:
- Serious Bicycle Injuries
- Personal Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Vehicle Liability
- Driver Negligence
- Impaired and Drunk Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Speeding and Aggressive Driving
Bicycle Accident Lawyers Serving Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey
If you’ve been involved in a bicycle crash, get the compensation you deserve. Our law firm has years of experience with bicycle related collisions, negligence and injuries. We take every personal injury case including bicycle accident cases on a contingency basis, which means that you do not pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you. Contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers today at 718-509-6816 or contact us for a free consultation.