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Queens Bicycle Accident LawyerHave you or a loved one recently been involved in a bicycle accident in Queens, NY? Are you struggling with debilitating injuries and costly medical bills? The Queens bicycle accident lawyers at Oresky & Associates, PLLC will help you seek maximum compensation for your trauma and suffering.

For more than 30 years, our personal injury law firm has been an ally to bike accident victims and their families in Queens, New York. We’ve won more than $400 million (and counting) for our clients. We’re ready to fight on your behalf, too.

Contact our law office, conveniently located in Queens, or call us at (718) 993-9999 to get started with a free initial case evaluation. We’re standing by to take your call now.

How Our Queens Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Bicycle Accident

How Our Queens Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Bicycle AccidentAfter falling off your bike or getting hit by a car, you need time to focus on getting better. However, you’ll also need help paying for your medical bills, covering your lost wages, and taking care of other financial costs related to your accident. You should also be compensated for the pain and suffering you’re experiencing if someone else caused you to get hurt.

You can accomplish that by filing an insurance claim or seeking damages in a lawsuit. The experienced injury lawyers at Oresky & Associates, PLLC are here to take care of your fight for compensation from start to finish.

Our award-winning legal team is nationally recognized for our ability to win for our clients. We get top results because we’re experienced, knowledgeable, and genuinely care about the people we help. We’re here to help you in your time of need, as well.

We will:

  • Launch a full-scale investigation into your bicycle accident
  • Gather evidence to help us understand what happened, why, and who’s at fault
  • Seek maximum compensation from all liable parties
  • Work closely with leading personal injury experts, including medical doctors, forensic specialists, accident recreationists, and others 
  • Negotiate aggressively to help secure a settlement that covers the full extent of your damages
  • Have an accomplished trial attorney bring your case to a Queens jury, if necessary

Let us help you get back on your feet. Contact our bicycle accident lawyers in Queens to get started with a free case evaluation. Our legal team is standing by to answer your call today.

Queens Bicycle Accident Statistics (December 2021 Update)

How common are bicycle accidents in Queens? According to the NYPD, there are an average of one or two car accidents involving bicyclists per day. 

In December 2021, at least 46 bicyclists were reported injured in Queens.

While there were no reported bicyclist deaths that month, all riders involved in these accidents reported an injury of some kind.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Queens, NY?

Like other motor vehicle accidents, collisions involving bicycles can usually be avoided. However, many bicycle accidents happen in Queens as a result of: 

  • Inadequate or nonexistent bike infrastructure, such as dedicated or buffered bike lanes
  • Distracted drivers
  • Drunk drivers
  • Failure to yield the right of way to cyclists
  • Failure to leave an adequate passing distance between vehicles and bikes
  • Racing through red and yellow lights at intersections
  • Failure to look for bicyclists when turning
  • Dooring
  • Defective bicycle equipment, including tires, brakes, or safety gear
  • Limited visibility
  • Potholes or defects in the road

Bicycle accidents happen for one or more of these reasons nearly every day. In some cases, the rider may be responsible for causing or contributing to the accident. Other times, other parties, like drivers on the road, might be at fault.

Determining why an accident happens is critical if you want to seek damages from all liable parties.

Who’s Liable For My Injuries After a Queens Bike Accident?

Under New York state law, anyone who directly or indirectly contributes to an accident involving a bicyclist can be financially responsible. The more someone contributes to the accident, the greater their liability.

Potentially liable parties might include:

  • Drivers of passenger cars
  • Truck drivers
  • Trucking companies
  • Bus drivers
  • Bus companies, including the MTA
  • Pedestrians
  • Other cyclists
  • Motorcyclists
  • Government agencies, especially if defective road design or a hazard on the road contributed to the crash
  • Companies that manufactured or sold an unsafe bike, vehicle, or product
  • Employers of negligent parties

Our personal injury attorneys in Queens will fight to hold anyone responsible for your accident fully accountable. 

What If I’m Partly to Blame For Getting Hurt?

Sharing responsibility for a bike accident or your resulting injuries can affect your ability to recover compensation. 

New York operates under a pure comparative fault system, which means:

  • Your damages will be reduced in direct proportion to your degree of fault, and
  • You can be liable for injuries suffered by others in the accident.

Let’s say you’re hit by a car while you’re riding your bike across a busy intersection in Queens. You entered the road, and a driver struck you while making a right-hand turn on red. Both you and the driver were distracted, which led to the collision. You also weren’t wearing a helmet. While not required by state law (so long as you are over the age of 14), the driver argues that your injuries are worse than they should be as a result.

You’re assigned 25% percent of the blame by a court. As a result, your damages will be reduced by that 25%.

What’s My Bicycle Accident Case Worth?

The value of your case will depend on factors like:

  • Your injuries: from the types you’ve suffered to how serious they are
  • Your ability (or inability) to work: can you continue to work, or will you lose out on wages while you recover?
  • Permanent impairment: will you be able to make a full recovery, or will you deal with a permanent disability or impairment that prevents you from supporting your family?
  • Liability: did your own negligence contribute to the accident?
  • Pain and suffering: the extent to which you experience chronic pain and emotional distress

The more catastrophic the injuries you’ve suffered, the more your case will probably be worth. However, every case is different. It’s important to have a qualified attorney review the specifics of your situation and help you understand what your personal injury case is worth.

What Damages Can I Get After My Bicycle Accident?

Injured riders may be entitled to compensation for economic damages and non-economic damages.

Examples of compensation that’s often awarded in bicycle accident cases include:

  • Present and future medical expenses
  • Loss of income and wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Depression and PTSD
  • Property damage
  • Nursing care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Loss of consortium
  • Disfigurement and scarring

Our legal team will examine your accident and resulting injuries carefully. We’ll bring in experts to help us understand the full scope and impact of the trauma you’ve experienced. The better we understand the details, the better prepared we’ll be to maximize the compensation you’re awarded.

Bicycle Accidents in Queens Can Result in Severe and Fatal Injuries

Wearing a bicycle helmet is statistically proven to reduce the seriousness of a traumatic brain injury or death in an accident. However, not all riders wear helmets. At the same time, a helmet is only designed to protect against head injuries. So, riders are still vulnerable to some severe and potentially fatal injuries if they’re in a crash.

Common bicycle accident injuries in Queens include:

  • Burns
  • Road rash
  • Trauma to the face
  • Eye injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Amputation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis and impaired mobility
  • Nerve damage
  • Neck and back injury
  • Broken bones
  • Crushing injury, and
  • Wrongful death

Don’t underestimate the impact and extent of your bike accident injuries. Call our personal injury law firm in Queens to have an experienced attorney evaluate your case. Even seemingly minor trauma can result in expensive medical bills, keep you from working, and even result in a permanent disability. If that’s the case, our law office can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit If I’ve Been Hurt in a Queens Bike Accident?

Generally, you have three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. If a loved one has died in a fatal bicycle crash, then you’ll have two years to file a wrongful death action. Don’t wait too long to act. You will give up the right to recover compensation if you miss the deadline that applies to your situation.

Queens Bicycle Accident Lawyers You Can Trust

Put your bike accident claim in experienced hands. Allow yourself to get better. Call the Queens bicycle accident lawyers at Oresky & Associates, PLLC. 

We’ve gone toe-to-toe with insurance companies and other tough defendants and won hundreds of millions of dollars in the process. Let us fight to get the best possible results for you.

Your first consultation is free, and there’s no cost to you unless we win your case. Call now. Our compassionate team is standing by to answer your call.

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