Bicyclists are extremely vulnerable to accidents on our roads because they are smaller and lighter than cars. When a bicyclist is involved in an accident, he/she is more likely to sustain serious injuries due to the lack of protection as compared to a car. There are no seatbelts or airbags to help protect a bicyclist from serious injuries such as broken bones, head/neck/back injuries, shoulder or knee tears, facial injuries, scarring, or even death. A bicyclist will always be thrown to the pavement.
Bicyclists involved in an accident with a car are entitled to the benefits of New York’s No-Fault law as long as the paperwork is timely filed. In addition to litigation provided to the bicyclist, The Saul Law Firm will handle the filing of the no-fault paperwork to make sure the medical bills are properly covered. Bicyclists can also be injured as a result of a dangerous and defective condition on a premises or roadway. Broken, cracked, or uneven sidewalks, potholes, unclean grounds or excessive debris can also cause a bicyclist to lose balance or control and fall.
Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Dooring (opening car doors in the path of cyclists)
- Unsafe passing or overtaking of cyclists
- Improper turning or merging
- Inadequate visibility or low-light conditions
- Poor road conditions or hazards
- Cyclist or driver impairment
- Speeding or reckless driving
How Our New York Bicycle Accident Attorneys Can Help You
The Saul Law Firm, LLP has handled a significant number of bicycle accidents and we have recovered substantial money for our clients. If you have been injured in any type of bicycle accident, call us today to protect your rights.