New York City roads and sidewalks are extremely busy at any moment of any day. They are filled with cars, pedestrians, and even bicycles. All bikers riding in the city need to be cautious and aware of their surroundings at all times. This is because they often create distractions for drivers, causing accidents to happen. In addition to this, bikes do not offer the same protection for their riders that cars to for drivers. This is why bicyclists should always wear protective gear such as helmets, padding, and reflective wear. However, accidents can still cause injuries.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Protective gear exists to help bike riders in the event that they are involved in an accident. While this is true, the gear cannot completely prevent accidents or injuries from happening. Sometimes, accidents can be critical and cause life-changing injuries to a bike rider. There are many different ways a bicycle accident can happen on the road in New York. This can include the following:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
- Using electronic devices without hands-free technology
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
When people are injured in an accident with an automobile, they may be able to receive financial compensation for any damages. This stands true with bike riders involved in these accidents as well. The compensation an individual may be awarded exists to provide them with coverage for any expenses that arise due to the accident.
When involved in an automobile accident in the state of New York, it is important to understand the concept of Personal Injury Protection (PIP). This is no-fault insurance that the majority of automobile insurance policies in the state carry. It exists for those who are involved in these accidents so that they can receive any financial support for any damages that stem from the automobile accident. This compensation can cover the cost of any medical bills for their injuries in addition to lost wages incurred as a result of being involved in the accident. With this, the injured party is able to focus on recovering from their injuries instead of worrying about any additional expenses. It is important to know that insurance policies award PIP to victims of an accident regardless of who is at fault.
If PIP compensation does not cover all the costs due to the accident, it is possible to receive additional compensation. This can be done by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. These lawsuits work to hold a negligent party responsible for their behavior that caused the accident and any injuries. If the injured party is successful in proving negligence, they may be able to receive further compensation from this party to cover any remaining costs.
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At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of medical malpractice. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.