Fighting To Protect The Rights Of Bicycle Accident Victims

Whether dealing with negligent motorists, aggressive taxi drivers or dangerously designed roadways, bicyclists in New York City are constantly dealing with hazardous conditions. Sadly, no matter how safe of a cyclist you may be, you have no control over others on the road, meaning some accidents are simply unavoidable, even if they are not your fault.

Fortunately, you may be able to seek legal compensation for your injuries if you are ever involved in a bicycle accident, including damages to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and, depending on the circumstances, pain and suffering.

At Edelman & Edelman, P.C., we understand just how frustrating it can be trying to ride your bike through New York City, especially when some motorists refuse to respect your rights to the road. However, no matter the cause of your bike accident, we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Even if you have been told you don't have a case, our attorneys may still be able to help — so contact us today.

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To schedule a consultation with one of our bike accident lawyers, call our New York office at 212-235-1197. You can also reach us online. There is nothing to lose, so act now before time runs out to bring your claim.

Does The City Have Any Responsibility For Bicycle Safety?

There is no disputing the fact that New York City is a bike transportation hub, which is why you can find cyclists on roadways throughout the city. Given the popularity of cycling, you would think that most streets would have dedicated bike lanes, but that is definitely not the case.

In fact, while some streets do have bike lanes, many of the side streets do not — meaning cyclists are often forced to ride in traffic, putting themselves more at risk of being hit by negligent drivers. So does the city have any responsibility for keeping these cyclists safe? Yes, according to New York courts, the city has a duty to maintain safe streets for motorist and cyclists alike.

One court even determined that the city was partially responsible for injuries caused when a young cyclist was struck by a speeding car because the city failed to implement safety measures on a particular street even though it received several previous reports that speeding was a problem in the area.

Simply put, if the city's actions put a cyclist in danger — whether through poor street design, negligent bike lane placement, poor signage or, in the case of the Citi Bike program, poorly designed docking station areas — you may be able to hold them legally responsible for any resulting bicyclist injuries. However, accomplishing this is often easier said than done, which is why you want Edelman & Edelman, P.C., on your side.

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