According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 677 bicyclists were killed by motor vehicles in 2011. Many more were seriously injured due to drivers not paying attention when backing up, not yielding to bicycle riders at intersections, red lights or stop signs, and changing lanes or turning in front of bicyclists.
Unfortunately, bicycle accidents occur often in New York because automobile drivers are not looking out for cyclists, even though bicycles on the road have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. And in an accident between a bicycle and automobile, the bicycle and its rider generally suffer the consequences – often serious, debilitating injuries. These injuries can potentially result in significant losses to the injured person and his or her family.
The law, however, gives an injured person the right to recover his or her damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, funeral expenses and other economic losses, as well as pain and suffering caused by injuries and treatment. While financial recovery cannot truly compensate you for the loss and suffering due to a bicycle accident injury, it can ease your financial burdens and hold those responsible for your injury accountable.
The experienced New York and New Jersey bicycle lawyers at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC will help guide you through the difficult process of dealing with medical treatment and billing, negotiating with reluctant insurance companies, and filing suit and going to trial. We will advocate tirelessly for you and work to help you recover the maximum amount for your injuries.
If you’ve been injured while riding your bike in New York or New Jersey, contact us to discuss how we can help you. We are always available to talk, and there is no charge for an in-depth consultation. The New York bicycle accident attorneys at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC have been representing victims of motor vehicle accidents, including bicycle accidents, for decades, and have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.