Whether you’re riding on Stewart Ave in downtown Garden City or through Garden City Community Park on a family outing, when drivers fail to safely share the road with bicyclists, accidents can easily occur. The lack of safety protections for cyclists makes them particularly vulnerable to severe injuries after an accident.
A lawyer with the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can help you pursue damages after a careless or reckless driver causes you injuries in a bicycle accident in Garden City, NY.
Who can You Sue if You Suffer Injuries in a Bicycle Accident?
Various parties might be liable or financially responsible for your injuries in a bicycle accident.
Some of which might include:
One of the most commonly liable parties in a bicycle accident case is the driver of a motor vehicle. It is possible that they were distracted, under the influence, or fatigued while behind the wheel.
If the driver was working at the time of the crash, then their employer also may bear liability for their negligent employee.
A City Municipality
A company or government agency that employs a bus driver also may be liable for causing injuries to others in a bicycle accident.
If an unmarked pothole or other hazard led to your bicycle accident, then you also may have a claim against the city or government entity that negligently failed to maintain the roadway.
Bicycle Parts Manufacturer
In some circumstances, a defective bicycle or bicycle part can lead to an accident that results in you being injured. You might have a product liability claim against the designer or manufacturer of the defective or malfunctioning part.
Can You get Compensation for Your Injuries in a Bicycle Accident?
When someone else is fully or partially responsible for causing a bicycle accident that injures you, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses.
The types and amount of compensation you may be eligible for depend upon the facts of your accident and the degree of the injuries you suffered.
Types of Compensation You can Collect
In a bicycle accident case, you can recover compensation for all reasonable medical treatment needed to treat your injuries.
If your condition makes you unable to work, whether temporarily or permanently, you can request compensation for your lost income, both now and in the future.
Additionally, you may be able to collect funds for pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, and permanent impairments.
Value of Your Case
The value of a bicycle accident case will vary widely according to the severity of your injuries, the weight of the evidence showing fault, and the number of liable parties. The insurance policy available to cover your injuries and other losses from the accident also can impact the settlement or damages award in a specific case.
A lawyer from our Garden City location can help you pursue all forms of compensation that you might be entitled to recover after suffering injuries in a bicycle accident.
How Can Our Law Firm Help If You are Injured in a Bicycle Accident?
While you concentrate on getting well, we focus all our efforts on getting compensation for your injuries.
For example, we can communicate and negotiate with insurance companies, collect documentation of your injuries, and prove your entitlement to damages.
We have a proven track record of achieving settlements and court awards for our clients in bicycle accident cases and other types of personal injury cases. Take a look to see what a handful of our clients have reported about working with us:
- “I knew I had made the right decision when I decided on Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP. From the beginning to the end the entire staff made me feel as if I was family…” – Rosa
- “If you ever have any doubts about your current lawyer, and would like to see what a real law firm is supposed to be, then I highly recommend this firm. From start to finish, Richard Jaffe, Stephen Tiger, and the whole staff genuinely care about you and your family, and whatever else is important to you…” – Do Chang
Our goal is to represent your interests, answer your questions, and give you advice about your options for legal recourse. We will stop at nothing to prove your case and get you a financial recovery after your accident.
How Can You Pay for Our Legal Services If You Are Injured and Unable to Work?
We understand the financial pressures you may be under when you have sustained injuries in a bicycle accident. You may be unable to work for a period, or even permanently, and meanwhile, you likely have unexpected medical bills to pay, along with your regular bills. For these reasons, we offer you our No Fee Promise.
You pay us no fees up front or out of pocket for us to begin representing you in your bicycle accident case. Unless your lawyer obtains compensation for you, they will not take their payment.
When Should You File Your Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Bicycle Accident?
CVP § 214 governs the length of time that you have to file a personal injury case in court after an accident. Most injury victims have three years from the date of their accidents to file their cases in court or risk being unable to recover compensation.
However, there are some exceptions to this general rule. For example, if you want to file a personal injury case against a government agency or body, you typically have a much shorter period of time to give proper notice to the government agency of your claim and pursue the matter in court.
Furthermore, in the case of a fatal bicycle accident, EPT § 5-4.1 allows surviving family members of the deceased only two years from the date of the accident to pursue their wrongful death lawsuits.
You Can Turn to Us for Help After Your Bicycle Accident
Call us today at (516) 358-6900 and learn how a Garden City lawyer with the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, can help when you have been injured in a bicycle accident.
Let us help you hold negligent parties accountable for their carelessness and get compensation for your injuries.
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accidents lawyer serving Garden City, call 516-358-6900