I am a cyclist recently struck by a livery cab near the intersection of Amsterdam Ave and 145th in Manhattan. As a result of the accident, I suffered a radial head fracture of my left arm as well as left leg pain and bruising. I don’t really understand NY’s No-Fault insurance. I’ve been in contact with the livery cab’s insurance provider and they are looking to settle. At a recent consultation with my family physician, she kind of scared me by saying that I would probably never get back full range of motion in my arm and would probably have arthritis at an early age, which is depressing if you’re a young, active person. Can you help me understand my rights? Should I settle this myself or should I hire a lawyer?
The New York City Department of Transportation has issued a new study showing the number of car accidents with bicycles. While startling at first, the numbers suggest that bicycle riding is growing safer in New York City. The study found that in the last three months of 2011, there were 754 involving a car and a bicycle. Those accidents led to three deaths and 755 injuries. (You can read the New York Post article here and a comment in the Gothamist here.)
The Daily News reports that the New York City Police will start tracking bicycle accidents in New York City. The Police will now prepare accidents reports for bicycle accidents just as they do for motor vehicle accidents. In the past, the Police only completed an accident report if it involved a motor vehicle. Now, all bicycle collisions will require a police report.
A bicycle accident can be a terrible ordeal. I know; I am a cyclist who has gone touring and commuted to work. I was once struck down by a driver while riding my bicycle, so I know the pain and fear that can come with a bicycle accident. I have dedicated a part of my practice to working with bicycle cases and have good experience and success helping victims of bicycle accidents. If you or a loved one has been hurt riding a bicycle, you may have many questions. How will you pay for medical bills? Can you receive compensation for your injuries? Do you qualify for No Fault insurance? Can you get your bike repaired or replaced? How can you make sure you are treated fairly and that insurance companies do not take advantage of you? We can put your mind at ease. We are dedicated to helping our clients so that we take the worry off your shoulders. Bicyclists from throughout the New York metropolitan area and Long Island have trusted us with their cases.
On a Sunday morning last May, a young woman from Queens rode her bicycle to work when a livery car driver struck her, throwing her in the air and injuring her. She wanted No Fault coverage so she could receive much needed medical care and she wanted compensation for her injuries. She retained our law firm to represent her. The livery cab company initially denied responsibility, claiming that the woman failed to stop at a stop sign, but we prevailed and the livery company settled. In the end, No Fault insurance covered the care for her injuries and the livery cab company’s insurance coverage paid compensation to the woman for her pain and suffering
On a Saturday evening in February 2011, a Brooklyn man rode his bicycle along 59th Street. As he reached the intersection with 6th Avenue, a car came from behind and began to make a right-hand turn. That car struck the man on the bicycle and sent him to the hospital with injuries to his knee, shoulder and back. The man ultimately required arthroscopic surgery of his shoulder. The man retained me as his attorney in late April and just over six months later, we settled his case for $45,000.
Every day, New York City mixes together millions of cars and pedestrians and, for good measure, throws in a couple of hundred thousand of bicyclists. Unfortunately, these ingredients create a recipe for accidents. We all know of dangerous roadways (the… Read More ›
On a rainy August evening, a man rode his bicycle along W. 117th Street in Manhattan. As he approached the intersection with Amsterdam Avenue, he began to make a left turn. He never finished that turn as a rental truck struck him, knocked him off his bicycle and sent him to the hospital. The man initially thought he had suffered some bad bruising and that he would recover quickly. Unfortunately, he suffered a fractured ankle and significant bruising.
The sun is shining, the weather’s growing warmer and more people have begun to take their bicycles from their garages and hit the roads. Bicycle riding is a great activity, fun, healthy and a wonderful way to get around. Yet bicycle riding comes with certain dangers and requires diligence to remain safe. This article offers some tips for staying safe while riding. It starts with the need to wear a bicycle helmet, but wearing a helmet is not enough. We need to take care to avoid car accidents.
On a warm September day in 2010, a Brooklyn woman set out for her morning bicycle ride. Riding along some leafy residential streets near Prospect Park, she came to an intersection with Church Avenue. Seeing the light green, she proceeded to ride through the intersection. Unfortunately, she never made it across the intersection as a driver on Church Avenue slammed into her and sent her rolling on the ground. An ambulance took her to King County Medical Center for treatment of scrapes, bruises and a broken bone.
After conducting an investigation that included finding and interviewing key witnesses, and preparing a detailed case assessment, I presented the case to the insurance company to open settlement talks. After some brief back and forth, we agreed on a settlement that pleased my client and compensated her for her pain and suffering. This case represents another rapid settlement as we resolved the case within six months of when the client retained me.