How Long Do I Have To File A Bike Accident Claim?
One of the biggest mistakes you can make following a serious bike accident is to do nothing. Not only should you seek medical care, but, if negligence was involved, you should also talk to an attorney right away. In fact, if you wait too long to speak with a lawyer, you may lose your chance to seek compensation for your injuries.
Why? Because bike accident victims have a limited amount of time under New York law to file a personal injury claim. If you don’t file your claim before this time limit expires, the court may refuse to hear your case. Otherwise known as a statute of limitations, this time limit can vary depending on the circumstances of your accident and the liable parties involved.
For example, most personal injury claims in New York must be filed within three years of your injury. Therefore, if your bike accident was caused by a negligent driver, you typically have three years to bring a lawsuit.
Similarly, products liability claims must also be brought within three years. So that means you have three years to file your claim if your injuries are attributed to a poorly designed bike or a defective bike part.
However, if your claim is against a government body — such as New York City — other time limits may apply, some of which as short as 90 days. These types of claims often involve allegations of poor street signage or the negligent design of a street/bike lane. Given the short window with these claims, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Act Fast — Contact Edelman & Edelman, P.C., Today
Do not make the mistake of waiting too long to seek the compensation you deserve. Call Edelman & Edelman, P.C., at 212-235-1197 to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. You can also reach us online.
Our knowledgeable and skilled lawyers are here to answer your questions and explain your rights. Don’t wait, call us today.