Cyclists account for a huge part of New York’s population, especially in its more urban areas. While we tend to think of cycling as a leisurely, fun activity, cycling is certainly not without risk. In urban areas, cyclists are crammed into the streets alongside cars, buses and thousands of people, all in a rush. As a result, bicycle accidents are a rather common occurrence. If you are a victim of such an accident, then it is important you know more about your rights and the course of action you should take.
What are some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents?
When you are riding a bicycle, you are in a more vulnerable position than basically all other vehicles sharing the road with you. Cyclists are at great risk every time they’re out on the road. Here are some of the ways in which a negligent driver could cause an accident:
- Reckless driving
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Distracted driving
- Drivers who make illegal U-turns
There are also certain factors that may cause a bicycle accident that do not involve a negligent driver. These include:
- Uneven pavement or poor road conditions
- Lack of a cycling lane
- Inclement weather
How can you recover compensation after being involved in a bicycle accident wherein the other party is at fault?
In order to receive compensation, you must first prove the other party’s negligence. With the right attorney, you should be able to recover compensation for whatever physical or emotional harm you may have endured at the hands of another party. In order to prove the other party’s negligence, you may use any one of the factors of a negligent driver mentioned above. Additionally, it is helpful to keep in mind that pictures and video will never hurt your case, and if you need medical attention of any sort, be sure to receive it right away–it is always a good thing to document any sort of injury at the time of its occurrence, if you can.
Contact our experienced New York law firm
It is crucial you recover the maximum physical and emotional compensation you are entitled to if you are ever involved in a bicycle accident. Your emotional and physical burdens are very important to us, which is why we tenaciously fight for our clients’ rights. Whether you live in the city or not, cycling always comes with a risk. If you find yourself the victim of such an incident, you should speak with an attorney at the Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky immediately.
The Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky is proud to serve clients in New York City and the surrounding areas after they have been injured by someone else’s negligence. For a consultation, contact our office today.