In New York, many people use bicycles as a method of transportation. It is crucial for bikers to be cautious and aware of their surroundings, especially in such a busy state. Bikes are often distractions for drivers on the road and they do not offer the same protection that cars do for drivers. This is why riders should always wear protective gear. This can include helmets, padding, and even reflective wear riding at night. However, even with protective gear, accidents can still occur and cause serious injuries to riders.

Causes of Bicycle Accidents

While protective gear exists to help bikers, they cannot completely prevent injuries. Sometimes, accidents can be very severe and bikers can sustain life-changing injuries. There are many ways a bicycle accident may happen in the state of New York. This can include the following:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol  
  • Reckless driving
  • Using electronic devices without hands-free technology
  • Distracted driving
  • Driver fatigue

Seeking Compensation

People who are injured in a bike accident with another driver may be eligible to receive compensation. This compensation exists to provide injured victims of an accident with coverage for any damages that may arise due to the accident.  

When dealing with automobile accidents, it is important to understand the concept of Personal Injury Protection (PIP). PIP is no-fault insurance that the majority of automobile insurance policies carry. This is available for those who are involved in automobile accidents. This provides the victims with the necessary financial support to cover expenses relating to the accident. The can cover the value of any medical bills and any lost wages incurred due to the incident. Victims of an accident should not have to worry about being able to afford accident related expenses. Having this compensation is beneficial for them, as it allows them to recover without worrying about affording any additional expenses. It is important to know that this is awarded regardless of who is at fault.

In the event that PIP compensation does not cover all of the expenses for the injured party, they may be able to pursue further compensation. Personal injury lawsuits exist to hold a negligent party responsible for their behavior that caused the accident. If the injured party is successful in their case, they may be able to receive compensation from the negligent party to cover any outstanding expenses.

Contact our Firm

The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.