There are many people in New York who ride their bicycles as either a primary mode of transportation around the city, or even just for fun. But, unfortunately, in many cases there are quite a few motor vehicles around bicyclists, and the danger there is obvious. If you are a bicyclist who was injured in a collision with a motor vehicle, what will the crucial factors be if you decide to take legal action?
Common factors in bike accidents
The facts of any given legal case are always unique, but there are some common factors that can arise in bicycle accidents. For example, despite the attempts to heighten awareness of bicycles near roadways – and, in some cases, to plan out dedicated bicycle lanes on streets – the fact remains that not all drivers are paying attention when they are on the road, certainly not to bicycle riders. That lack of attention can lead to serious injuries for bicyclists in collisions, or can even be fatal. Allegations of a lack of attention on the driver’s part are common in bicycle accident cases.
It is also common for injured bicyclists to allege that drivers were negligent or reckless in their failure to obey traffic regulations. For example, many bicycle accident can occur at intersections, where drivers may not respect a bicyclist’s right-of-way, thereby leading to a collision. Speeding and unsafe lane changes are also common factors in bicycle accidents.
Whatever the circumstances of your bicycle accident, our law firm stands ready to help. We do our best to help New York residents determine if they have a valid path forward in personal injury lawsuits. For more information, please visit the bicycle accident overview section of our law firm’s website.