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Brooklyn Bicycle Accident LawyerWere you or a loved one injured in a bicycle accident in Brooklyn, NY? If someone else’s carelessness caused the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A trusted Brooklyn bicycle accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC can help you take legal action.

We’re ready to use more than 25 years of legal experience to your advantage. Our proven track record of success includes recovering millions in compensation for injured clients across Brooklyn.

We always offer a free consultation, so call our law firm in Brooklyn, New York, today to schedule yours.

How The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help After a Bicycle Accident in Brooklyn

How The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help After a Bicycle Accident in BrooklynEven a fairly minor bicycle accident can leave you with severe injuries. Pursuing compensation from the at-fault party can help you pay for treatment and keep up with daily expenses while you recover.

Unfortunately, it can be challenging to get the money you need. The insurance companies have defense lawyers on staff. They’ll fight to downplay the value of your claim.

A Brooklyn personal injury lawyer can make all the difference in the world when it comes to getting what’s fair.

When you hire The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, you can expect that we will:

  • Fully investigate the circumstances of your accident
  • Hire the respected experts and specialists needed to support your claim
  • Downplay any allegations that you caused the accident
  • Handle all procedural aspects of your claim and negotiations with the insurer

We’ve been helping clients like you in Brooklyn, NY, for over 25 years. If you were hurt, you can count on our Brooklyn personal injury attorneys to put the full force of our experience behind you. Ready to learn more about your legal rights and options? Call to schedule a free case review and learn more about how an attorney client relationship can benefit you.

How Common Are Bicycle Accidents in Brooklyn?

More than half a million cycling trips take place in New York City every day. Cycling helps reduce traffic congestion–and is good for the environment and your body.

Unfortunately, the NYPD also reported that around 4,668 bicyclists were injured in accidents in 2018. Ten cyclists were killed that year.

In February 2021 alone, 41 bicyclists were injured in Brooklyn–more than any other borough.

What is My Brooklyn Bicycle Accident Case Worth?

What is My Brooklyn Bicycle Accident Case Worth?Bike accident injuries can be among the most severe. That makes it all the more important to recover every dollar you deserve.

To increase your chance of making a full financial recovery, you have to know what your accident claim is worth. That’s easier said than done. Every injury case is different.

However, the answers to the following questions are likely to influence the value of your claim:

  • Were the injuries severe or permanent?
  • Will you require extensive future medical care or rehab?
  • Did the injury impact your ability to work? Will you be able to return to work in the same capacity?
  • Did the accident or injury cause emotional or psychological issues?
  • Did the injury impact your ability to enjoy any aspects of your life?

Even after answering these questions, it can be tough to put a dollar value on your losses. Our lawyers might bring in experts and specialists who can help. That way, you can rest assured that our insurance demand will reflect the true cost of your injury.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Bicycle Accident Victims?

There are a few different types of damages available in personal injury cases. Compensatory damages compensate accident victims for specific types of losses. Within that group, economic damages compensate for financial losses. Non-economic damages compensate for more intangible or emotional losses.

Examples of economic damages include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Future medical costs
  • Lost future earning capacity
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Property damage

Your non-economic damages award might include compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Anxiety and PTSD
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of consortium

Punitive damages are only rarely available because they aren’t meant to compensate the victim for any specific loss. Instead, they’re meant to deter future bad acts. Punitive damages might be available in cases involving gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing.

Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Bicycle Accident in New York?

Accident cases are rarely cut-and-dry. Multiple factors can, and often do, come together to cause an accident. That’s the case even if you were on a bike, not in a motor vehicle. Bicyclists can contribute to a crash like anyone else.

If your own actions also contributed to the crash, be prepared for insurance companies to try pinning the blame on you.

New York comparative fault rules could limit your compensation award if you share in the blame.

However, New York comparative negligence standards differ from the contributory negligence standard in many other states. Victims can recover damages if they’re partly responsible for a New York City bicycle accident. In fact, damages are available if you’re mostly responsible–as long as a third party was also even 1% to blame. However, your damages will be reduced by your share of blame.

Don’t walk away from the negotiating table with less than you deserve. If shared fault is an issue, call today and let our attorneys fight to minimize your role in the crash.

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Bicycle Accident Injuries

The force of hitting the pavement, a vehicle or both can cause devastating injuries. The bicyclist almost always bears the brunt of those injuries in a bike-versus-car accident.

Some common bike accident injuries include:

Our lawyers at The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC understand that it can be difficult to imagine visiting a lawyer’s office if you were seriously hurt. We’d be happy to arrange a virtual consultation or travel to you in the hospital so you can get the legal advice you deserve.

What Causes Most Bicycle Accidents in Brooklyn, New York?

Research for 2019 shows that drivers were about 2.36 times more likely to cause a bicycle accident than the cyclist. The same studies unfortunately show that accidents caused by driver error are far more likely to be deadly.

Some of the most common causes of bike accidents in Brooklyn include:

  • Distracted drivers, pedestrians, and other bike riders
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way and share the roads
  • Congested traffic conditions
  • Poorly designed safety infrastructure or a lack of bike lanes
  • Driving too closely to a bicyclist
  • Speeding and aggressive driving
  • Unsafe passing
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Illegal or unsafe turns
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Drunk driving
  • Road hazards

If you were hurt in a bicycle wreck, you deserve to know what caused your accident. Our attorneys will do everything we can to find out what happened and who was responsible.

How Do I Prove Negligence After a Bicycle Accident in New York?

Most bicycle accident cases are based on a legal theory called negligence. Someone is negligent when they fail to act as a reasonable person would have under the circumstances.

There are four primary conditions that have to be established to prove someone was negligent:

  • The at-fault party owed you a duty of care
  • The person or party breached that duty
  • The breach was the direct cause of your injuries
  • You suffered some type of damages

Proving negligence can be challenging. You shouldn’t rely on the accident report alone. In some cases, the police report might not even specify the cause of your accident. It’s also possible that additional factors may have contributed to the accident.

Our attorneys at The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC will collect the evidence you need to prove your negligence claim.

During the course of our investigation, we will:

  • Locate and interview any witnesses
  • Evaluate police and accident reports
  • Review your medical records and work with your doctors
  • Locate any video surveillance footage or photos of the accident
  • Hire accident reconstruction specialists to help us get a better understanding of what happened

Regardless of the facts, you can count on us to build the strongest possible claim so that you can get the full compensation you need. Give us a call today to learn more.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Bicycle Accident in New York?

In most personal injury cases, the New York statute of limitations gives accident victims three years to file a lawsuit. The clock almost always starts running on the date of your accident.

The bottom line? If you wait too long to file your lawsuit, you’ll lose your right to compensation entirely.

Contact a Brooklyn Bicycle Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Bicycle accident injuries can leave you struggling through a long and painful recovery. At The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we’re here to help you get the full financial compensation you deserve. All you have to do is call an experienced Brooklyn bicycle accident lawyer to schedule a free consultation today.

We represent clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and even Suffolk County.

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