Bicycles are everywhere in New York, especially in the City. Cyclists enjoy health benefits and cost-efficiency every single time they ride. Unfortunately, bicycles are not without risks, and cyclists are very often seriously injured when they are involved in an accident. If you have recently been involved in a bicycle accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, and more. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What are the most frequent causes of bicycle accidents?
There are several different causes of bicycle accidents, and sometimes, they have very little to do with driver negligence. For example, negligent road design can cause an accident. Additionally, poor weather or road conditions also sometimes cause bike accidents. However, the most common cause of bicycle accidents, is, regrettably, driver negligence. Some of the most frequent types of driver negligence include texting while driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and speeding.
How do I know if I am eligible for compensation?
To recover financial compensation, you will first have to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. Unfortunately, insurance companies will not always have your best interest in mind, and will sometimes try and deny you the compensation you need and deserve. That is why it is always best to seek help and not trying to go it alone.
Do I need to hire an attorney?
It is always best to hire an experienced attorney who knows how to win a personal injury claim. Attorneys know how to obtain security camera footage of your accident, eyewitness testimony confirming your claim, medical documents regarding the injuries you have sustained, police reports of the incident, and more.
What is the statute of limitations in New York?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is three years. This means that you are allotted three years from the date of your accident to pursue legal action against a negligent party. Though three years sounds like you have a long time, the sooner you act, the better. If you wait past the three-year mark, you will be denied your right to sue. Our firm is ready to get the claims process started so we can begin fighting for your rights as soon as possible.
Contact our experienced New York City firm
At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice and personal injury claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of negligence. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.