When should you call a bicycle accident lawyer?

Senior citizen who has been in a bicycle accident calling a lawyer

Having a bicycle accident of any kind can be traumatizing, but it is especially true for a bicyclist as the injuries tend to be quite severe. Some drivers and bicyclists may not be aware that there are laws regarding the sharing of the road, such as 1) who has the right of way 2) does a bicyclist need to obey the same traffic signage as a driver 3) how does signaling work. 

Senior citizen who has been in a bicycle accident calling a lawyer

Given the potential severity of these bicycle-related accidents, especially those including children or anyone not wearing a helmet, it is a good idea to call a bicycle accident lawyer immediately after the accident occurs.


Riding a bicycle in New York City:

New York City has built a significant amount of bicycle infrastructure to protect cyclists. However, according to People Powered Movement, there were 18,510 accidents involving bicycles in the five boroughs in 2019. The number was lower in 2020 with 12,450 accidents, but the city was in lockdown for much of the year. Of those crashes, 8 resulted in fatalities in 2019 and 28 fatalities in 2020.


Are bike shares safe?

Bike shares in New York are generally safe according to anecdotal evidence, but they do create additional risks. For example, bike sharers assume that their riders know the rules of riding in New York City—a big assumption to make given that not all bike share users are locals. 


In addition, using equipment you don’t maintain is always a risk. If you have an accident due to a mechanical failure on bike share equipment, a bicycle accident lawyer can help to determine whether you can hold the bike share provider responsible. 


What are the common causes of bike accidents?

Most bicycle accidents occur because of rider error, unsafe biking conditions, or negligence on the part of another person. Some of the most common causes of accidents include:


  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Careless lane changes
  • Dooring accidents (hitting an open car door)
  • Unsafe surfaces
  • Inclement Weather
  • Negligent motorists


A bicycle accident lawyer can help to pursue compensation when an accident is not your fault. For example, if you’re hit by a car, the driver’s car insurance might pay for your injuries. If an area has been made unsafe by construction and you aren’t warned of the danger, you may receive compensation from the building owner or contractor.


Avoiding bicycle accident


The best way to prevent an injury from a bicycle accident is to avoid the accident altogether. In most cases, riders can take steps to reduce the likelihood of having an accident:

  • Always check if your equipment is in good working condition
  • Know your routes and conditions
  • Ride in a safe, non-aggressive way
  • Follow the rules of the road
  • Wear proper protective equipment


How can a bicycle accident lawyer help you?


By reviewing the details of your accident, a good bicycle accident attorney will be able to determine whether you have grounds to file a lawsuit and against whom. They will also understand what kind of damages to seek.


If you’ve been in a bicycle accident, call Napoli Shkolnik today for a free consultation and case review.