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New York Bicycle Accidents

Reliable Attorneys Can Help You with Your Bicycle Accident Claim

New York personal injury lawyers fight to obtain compensation for cyclists from negligent parties

Licatesi Law Group, LLP has successfully represented cyclists in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Long Island bicycle accidents to make motor vehicle drivers and other responsible parties pay damages for the harm they cause. These accidents can be catastrophic, resulting in lost wages, overwhelming medical bills, pain and suffering and, in the most serious instances, death. Our lawyers will help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

New York bicycle laws regulate use of roadways

Our attorneys understand how state laws governing bicycle riders affect the potential recovery of compensation for a serious injury resulting from a bike accident. In general, the same local and state traffic laws for motorists also apply to bicyclists, including:

  • Yielding to pedestrians
  • Properly signaling
  • Obeying traffic lights and signs
  • Riding with traffic

In addition, state law requires cyclists under the age of 14 to wear a helmet but some local ordinances require helmets for riders of all ages.

Even if you violate a state law or local ordinance, you may be entitled to compensation for an accident caused by a negligent party. Our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers can evaluate your case and explain how comparative fault rules may allow you to recover damages despite being partially at fault.

Skilled advisors know the types of bicycle accidents that can lead to injuries

As a firm that has handled thousands of accident cases over our 40-year history, we know how bike accidents happen. Typically, they fall into one of three categories:

  1. Bicyclist vs. pedestrian — In New York City, pedestrians have suffered serious injuries due to collisions between bicyclists and pedestrians.
  2. Bicyclist vs. bicyclist — Common causes of these roadway and bike path accidents include failing to signal or yield while turning, riding on the wrong side of the road or path, following too closely and stopping suddenly.
  3. Bicyclist vs. motor vehicle — More bicyclists are seriously injured in auto accidents than other accidents. Some of these incidents involve drivers in parked cars opening doors in front of oncoming cyclists.

At Licatesi Law Group, LLP, our attorneys are skilled at investigating the circumstances of bike accidents and partner with accident reconstruction experts to bolster your case.

Dedicated lawyers handle claims for a range of bike accident injuries

Head trauma occurs frequently in bike accidents. Concussions or serious brain damage may occur when cyclists are thrown from their bikes and hit the ground or another hard surface. Other common injuries resulting from bike accidents include:

  • Abrasions, lacerations and contusions, including road rash
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Neck and spinal injuries
  • Nerve damage resulting from impact

Our attorneys have developed a network of consultants, including medical experts, investigators and other professionals, who help us build strong cases and give our clients leverage to negotiate a fair settlement with insurance companies.

Who is liable in a bike-sharing accident?

New York City’s Citi Bike program allows cyclists to rent bikes from a network of docking stations for 30- to 45-minute rides. Increasing numbers of commuters and tourists use bike-sharing, bringing new services to towns in Long Island, such as the 2019 addition of Zagster to a handful of villages.

Bike-sharing companies are responsible for maintaining their equipment and providing safe bikes to renters. If a bike is found to be defective and equipment failure was partly the cause of your accident, our attorneys may be able to help you recover damages from the leasing company.

Contact experienced bike accident attorneys in Brooklyn and Garden City

In its 40 years of practice experience, Licatesi Law Group, LLP has fought insurance companies and held responsible parties accountable for accidents injuring cyclists. Call 516-227-2662 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Brooklyn or Garden City office.

Verdicts & Settlements

Over $100 Million in Verdicts & Settlements For Our Clients

  • $8 Million

    Plaintiff sustained a series of fractures and other injuries to the right shin, heel and foot, requiring nailing of the right tibia with two proximal and two distal locking bolts, ultimately resulting in below-the-knee amputation

  • $3 Million

    Infant plaintiff sustained encephalopathy as result of DPT vaccination administered by NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation.

  • $1.7 Million

    Plaintiff was involved in a car accident resulting in multiple disc herniations requiring percutaneous fluoroscopic-guided epidural treatment and lumbar fusion laminectomy.

  • $1.3 Million

    47 year old male police officer injured as a result of surgical malpractice by an orthopedic surgeon resulting in an inability to work and permanent impairment of gait.

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