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Queens Bicycle Accident LawyerWere you hurt in a bicycle accident in Queens, NY? You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.

The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC has more than 25 years of experience representing injured cyclists and their families.

Contact our law office for a free consultation at (212) 564 2800 and talk with a Queens bicycle accident lawyer. We will fight for the full compensation you need to move forward with your life.

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help You After a Bicycle Accident in Queens

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help You After a Bicycle Accident in QueensAfter a bicycle accident, you may be unsure where to turn for compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. You’re the victim; the last thing you should be worried about is an insurance company minimizing your injuries and fighting your claim. An experienced Queens personal injury lawyer can help you level the playing field.

The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC will put decades of legal experience to work for you. Founding attorney Jay S. Knispel is a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and member of the invitation-only Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has secured some of New York’s largest settlements and verdicts for injured clients just like you.

Choose our law office in Queens, New York, to represent you, and we will:

  • Provide dependable legal advice and personal attention
  • Handle all paperwork, communications, and court filings
  • Investigate your case to gather and analyze evidence
  • Work with specialists as needed to value your damages and establish causation
  • Protect your rights while negotiating a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court if needed to seek maximum financial compensation

Contact our law firm today for a free case review with a Queens bicycle accident lawyer. We will help you explore your legal options and how we can help.

How Common Are Bicycle Accidents in Queens, NY?

In 2018, there were 4,688 bicycle accidents in New York City, killing ten cyclists and injuring many more. Over 830 of these accidents were in Queens.

According to an analysis by Localize.city, the most dangerous areas for cyclists in Queens are:

  • Jamaica
  • Ridgewood
  • Flushing
  • Jackson Heights
  • Corona

New York City has more than 1,400 miles of bike lanes and tens of thousands of bike commuters. Still, it’s the most dangerous city in the United States for cyclists.

What is My Queens Bicycle Accident Case Worth?

All bicycle accident cases are unique and based on highly personal factors. Therefore, there is no easy way to estimate the value of your case without an investigation.

Some important factors that impact your case’s value:

  • Whether you contributed to the crash
  • Whether you mitigated damages
  • What insurance coverages are available
  • The severity of your injuries
  • Whether you will need ongoing medical care
  • The long-term impact of your accident on your quality of life, ability to work, health, and overall well-being

Contact the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC for a free consultation with a Queens bicycle accident attorney to discuss your case’s worth. We will help you understand what to expect going forward.

What Damages Are Available After a Bicycle Accident in Queens, New York?

There are two broad types of damages you can recover in a personal injury lawsuit:

The following are the most common damages available in a bicycle accident case:

  • Property damage
  • Medical bills, including current and future medical costs
  • Lost wages and future lost earnings if you cannot return to work
  • Non-economic losses like pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of consortium, and more

You may be entitled to a third type of damages called punitive damages. These damages are awarded in very rare cases involving gross negligence or wanton disregard for human life. A jury may award punitive damages to punish the defendant.

Can I Still Recover Compensation if I’m Partially at Fault for a Bicycle Accident in New York?

It is not always a negligent driver who is at fault for a bicycle crash. Bicyclists can cause or contribute to an accident if they fail to obey traffic rules. For instance, riding a bike on the sidewalk is illegal in New York City. Cyclists are also required to obey stop signs and traffic signals.

In fact, several studies have found that cyclists are just as likely (and sometimes more likely) than motorists to be at fault in a crash.

If you are being blamed for your accident, you are still entitled to recover compensation under New York’s pure comparative negligence rule. However, your recovery will be reduced according to any share of fault that is assigned to you.

Insurance companies use this to their advantage to shift blame and reduce their own liability. It’s crucial to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer if you are being blamed for the crash.

We Will Fight for Compensation for All Your Bicycle Accident Injuries

Bicyclists are at a high risk of suffering a serious injury in an accident with a motor vehicle. In a crash at just 20 mph, cyclists face an 18% risk of serious injury or death. This risk increases to 77% at 40 mph.

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we will fight for the fair compensation you deserve for injuries such as:

Contact our law office today to schedule a free case review with a Queens bicycle accident attorney ready to help you.

What Causes Most Bicycle Accidents in Queens, NY?

As with other traffic accidents, bicycle accidents are almost always caused by human error.

Some of the most common causes of bicycle crashes are:

The following are some of the most common scenarios in which bicycle accidents happen.

  • Left-hand turns. A motorist turning left may not see a bicyclist traveling toward them from the opposite side of the street. These accidents account for about 50% of all car-bicycle accidents.
  • Right turns in front of a cyclist. A right hook accident happens when a motorist passes a bicyclist and turns right into the bicyclist’s path.
  • Dooring accidents. Cyclists can get doored when someone opens their car door directly into the cyclist’s path and hits them.
  • Motorist pulling out of a garage or alley. When a motorist pulls out of a parking lot, garage, or alley, they may not see a cyclist and pull right in front of them. This usually happens when cyclists are riding on the sidewalk.
  • Rear-end accidents. These accidents happen when a motorist hits a cyclist from behind. It can happen at night if the cyclist is not wearing reflective gear with lights for visibility. It can also happen if the motorist is inattentive or distracted.

In some cases, the design of the intersection or road can contribute to a crash. One study found that protected bike lanes in New York City reduced the risk of injury for road users, including cyclists and drivers, by 40-50%.

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

A successful personal injury case requires proving:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • They breached their duty
  • The breach caused your accident
  • You suffered damages

Experienced Queens personal injury attorneys will gather evidence that proves each element of negligence. This may include accident reports, police citations, witness statements, cell phone records, photos of the scene, and more.

In some cases, we work with specialists like accident reconstruction experts. This expert testimony can be invaluable in establishing causation.

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

You have just three years to file a personal injury lawsuit after a bike accident in New York. Missing this deadline will result in your lawsuit being dismissed without consideration.

Do not delay in pursuing your claim; the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to build a strong evidence-based case for the full compensation you deserve.

Contact a Queens Bicycle Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Have you been injured in a bike accident in Queens? Call the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC today to schedule your free consultation with a Queens bicycle accident lawyer. We work on a contingency fee basis. You pay no out-of-pocket attorney’s fees for the legal representation you deserve.