In spite of the fact that Queens has added more bike lanes in the past several years, there are still many accidents between motorists and cyclists every year. There are 3,692 collisions between motorists and cyclists in Queens every year.
When you take severe injuries in a bike accident you will receive compensation for your medical expenses regardless of who was at-fault for the accident. The driver’s insurance company pays for them. In cases where the injuries are very mild, the $50,000 no-fault limit on the policy is generally plenty.
In cases where you have to visit the ER, where your injuries result in fractures, disfigurement, or the permanent loss of an organ or body part you may need to sue to get all the compensation it will take to pay for your injuries. You can also sue if you are disabled for more than 90 days, even if the disability is temporary.
If the accident was a hit and run, you may be able to obtain compensation through your own auto insurance company’s uninsured motorist insurance. If you don’t have a car, then you can obtain compensation through MVAIC, New York’s Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Company.
What you do after the accident itself will determine the success of your claim.
First, call the police. The police report will serve as important evidence in your case. It’s also a requirement in any accident where any party is injured.
Get the insurance and contact information of the person who hit you. If you have insurance, you should give the other driver your own car insurance information as well.
Take pictures, as many as you can.
Of course, you should prioritize medical attention. If you had to go to the ER, especially if you were unconscious and unable to take evidence, you should call a lawyer right away if it seems you’ve met the serious injury threshold. If we take your case, we’ll start trying to reconstruct the accident immediately, before evidence and witnesses disappear.
Of course, it’s tragic but true: all too many bicycle accidents end in deaths. If your loved one has died in a bicycle accident we can help by pressing a wrongful death suit. This will not be easy, and you will require help to collect the proper amount of compensation. Fortunately we have extensive experience with cases like these.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bicycle accident, reach out to our offices today.