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New York City Bicycle Accident Lawyer

New York City Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Have you been injured in a bicycle accident in New York City? The experienced New York City bicycle accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC will fight to get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (212) 564 2800 for a free consultation. 

Since our founding in 2007, the bicycle accident attorneys at the law offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, have been fighting for compensation for injured cyclists just like you. We have a reliable history of recovering compensation for our injured clients.

Contact our New York City law firm today to find out more about how we can help you. You could be entitled to file a claim for your lost wages, medical bills, and suffering.

How Our New York City Bicycle Accident Lawyers Can Help You After A Bicycle Accident

New York City bike riders are especially vulnerable to severe and catastrophic injuries when an accident occurs–especially a collision with a motor vehicle. If another person caused the bike crash in which you were injured, we will work to hold them financially responsible for the consequences.

Since insurance companies often try to deny coverage or low-ball settlement offers, it is in your best interest to hire New York City personal injury attorneys with experience representing bike accident victims like you. Your choice of attorney can make a world of difference in the outcome of your case.

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, our bicycle accident attorneys have decades of experience and have helped our clients recover millions in compensation. We know how important financial recovery is for injured bicycle accident victims and are here to help.

When you entrust our legal team to handle your matters, you can expect:

  • A passionate legal team delivering top-notch client service surrounding every aspect of your case, from start to finish
  • A prompt investigation into the facts and circumstances of your New York City bicycle accident
  • Expert evaluation of your injuries by respected NYC physicians and thorough valuation of your financial losses by top financial professionals
  • A vigorous defense against any allegations placing you at fault for the accident

After a bicycle accident in New York City, you will need time to rest and recuperate. We have years of experience handling bicycle injury claims and we will do the hard work so you can recover. Contact our personal injury attorneys in New York City today to get started.

How Common Are Bicycle Accidents in New York City?

How Common Are Bicycle Accidents in New York City?On the streets of New York City, many people choose to bike to work or school, to make deliveries, and for leisure. While riding a bike is better for the environment and has health benefits, it can be risky as well.

Bicycle accidents in New York are all too common. In 2018, over 4,600 bicycle accidents were reported across the city.

More crashes occurred in Brooklyn and Manhattan than in any other borough:

  • Brooklyn registered over 1,800 bike crashes
  • Manhattan logged over 1,400 bicycle crashes
  • Queens recorded over 800 bicycle accidents
  • The Bronx had almost 500 bicycle accidents
  • Staten Island reported the fewest — 65 bicycle crashes

There are many reasons for all of these bicycle collisions across New York City.

Some causes of bicycle accidents in NYC, including:

  • Distracted driving
  • Careless pedestrians failing to yield the right-of-way to bicyclists
  • Speeding
  • Inexperienced cyclists
  • Making unsafe or illegal maneuvers

In fact, all careless, reckless, or thoughtless acts can lead to a bicycle crash. Especially when a bicyclist is involved in a car accident, the outcome can be catastrophic or even fatal. Our experienced NYC personal injury lawyers are ready to help you file a claim for your personal injury or your loved one’s wrongful death.

What is My New York Bicycle Accident Case Worth?

The value of any personal injury case, including bicycle accident cases, depends on several factors unique to your case.

Factors that influence the value of a case include:

  • The severity of the injuries
  • The certainty of liability
  • Whether the case settles or goes to trial
  • Potential litigation costs
  • Any publicity surrounding the case

These factors can influence both the dollar value of a claim and its likelihood of settlement before trial. Here’s a closer look at how the factors relate to claim value.

Severity of Injury

One of the most influential factors in injury claims is the severity of the injuries. Claims involving more severe injuries, like a brain injury, paralysis, or loss of limb, usually lead to higher recovery.

The severity of injuries is evaluated based on, in part, the number of medical appointments required for treatment and whether a patient is hospitalized or requires surgery. If specialty medical treatment is needed, like orthopedic or dermatologic reconstructive surgery, a claimant will be able to recover more financial compensation.

Certainty of Liability

Another factor insurance companies consider in making settlement offers is the certainty of liability. This is a legal determination about whether the insurance company is legally responsible to pay for the injured victim’s losses.

If the legal responsibility is clear-cut and obvious, insurance companies are more likely to settle for higher values. If the responsibility is less certain, the insurance company may offer less in a settlement offer.

Other Factors

In some jurisdictions, juries are more likely to award higher judgments to injured victims than in other places. If you are injured in such a jurisdiction, the insurance company may be willing to settle for a higher value. On the other hand, in places where juries are not as generous, the settlement value may be lower.

Insurance companies are businesses. They make business decisions to pay out in some cases rather than pay for the cost of expensive litigation. In many cases, injured victims benefit from a settlement because it allows immediate financial relief while waiting for litigation to unfold in the courts can cause a significantly longer delay.

Finally, in some cases where there is negative publicity surrounding the incident, insurance companies may be willing to settle quickly and for a higher value than otherwise would be warranted.

What Kind of Damages Are Available to Bicycle Accident Victims?

When you file a claim after a bicycle accident, you can recover two types of damages: economic and non-economic. Both kinds of damages are meant to restore you to the situation you were in before the accident.

Economic damages are compensation received for monetary losses you suffer as a result of the accident. Economic damages include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage

These damages can be proven by documents like medical invoices, pay stubs, tax returns, and appraisals for property damage.

Non-economic damages are meant to restore your losses that are not direct financial losses.

Examples of non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Since these kinds of damages are not directly financial, they can be more challenging to prove and value. The Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC, works with leading financial experts to properly value your claim.

Can I Recover Financial Compensation If I Am Being Blamed for My New York City Bicycle Accident?

New York law uses a pure comparative negligence system relating to who is to blame for an accident. Under the law of comparative negligence, your financial recovery will be reduced if you are found to be partially at fault for your injuries.

If you are found to be partially at fault, a percentage of the responsibility for your injury will be assigned based on how much of the accident was your fault. That percentage is also then used to reduce your recovery by the amount by which you were at fault.

For example, let’s say you are 25% at fault, and your financial recovery totals $100,000. After the application of the principle of comparative negligence, your recovery will be reduced by 25% to $75,000.

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

The time allowed to file a lawsuit is governed by New York’s statute of limitations. Under the statute of limitations, an injury victim must file a lawsuit within three (3) years from the date of the injury. Claimants have only two (2) years to file suit for wrongful death claims.

It may sound like two or three years is a long time to file a lawsuit. However, the process usually begins with filing a claim with one or more insurance companies. Either before or after settlement negotiations begin, a lawsuit may be filed.

It is critical to understand that after the statute of limitations deadline passes, a person may forever lose their right to recover compensation. Insurance companies know this, and it can be impossible to negotiate for compensation after the deadline passes.

Reach Out to Our Dedicated New York City Bicycle Accident Lawyers Today

It is recommended that injury victims establish an attorney-client relationship as soon as practicable after their injury. We offer free consultations for all personal injury claims.

Reach out to our New York City bicycle accident attorneys today to get started on your case. Stay safe and wear a helmet when you bike on the streets of NYC!

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New York, NY 10123

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Brooklyn, New York 11242

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