If you were injured by someone’s negligence as a bicyclist, you have legal options.
Cyclists are particularly vulnerable road users. Driver negligence and road disrepair pose significant risks of injury and death to bicyclists.
The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP wants to hear your case. Our Queens bicycle accident attorney can help you and your family get back on track after a bicycle accident. We will discuss your legal rights and the possibility of obtaining financial compensation. Learn what your next best steps are.
Reasons to Hire a Queens Bicycle Accident Attorney from our Firm
Among the many reasons for choosing a Queens bicycle accident lawyer from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP include:
We Have Helped Others Like You
Our law firm has a track record of recovering millions of dollars for our clients in New York with hundreds of successful injury cases.
We Follow Comprehensive Procedures to Build a Claim
Our team will examine your case to determine the cause of the accident, the parties involved, who may be held liable, and the potential for recovery by going through the following evidence:
- Traffic camera footage, if applicable
- Your medical records
- The police report
- Photos of the accident scene
- Eyewitness testimonies
We will negotiate with the liable party’s insurance company by assessing liability percentages and calculating the financial losses for you.
Your Right to Compensation After a Queens County Bicycle Accident
Anyone involved in a bicycle accident in New York State is entitled to medical benefits, irrespective of who caused the accident. You have the right to file a personal injury claim under the driver’s third-party liability insurance policy, and if you pursue a civil suit, you may receive damages that exceed a no-fault claim.
However, it is best to work with an attorney to ensure you are not being lowballed by an insurance company. If your case goes to court, they can represent you.
Common Damages in a Bicycle Accident Case
You may be entitled to economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income and diminished future earnings
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Physical/emotional therapy
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you agree to settle your case, you must ensure that the amount is enough to compensate for both current and anticipated future expenses resulting from your injury and property damages. If you do not account for future expenses in your claim, you may be seeking more compensation later with no success. Once your case is settled, you are unable to request more in damages. We can ensure your settlement meets all your needs.
How We Determine Fault and Liability in a Bicycle Accident
Any individual responsible for the crash must provide compensation for your injuries and damages. If you, the cyclist, were partially to blame, your recovery will be reduced proportionally by your fault.
Liability may rely on:
- Other bicyclists
- The driver of a vehicle
- Employers of negligent parties
- A government agency
- Manufacturing companies in case of defective vehicles or bicycles
Determining the cause and liability in a bicycle crash often takes the aid of a legal professional to further identify any relevant at-fault parties. Your lawyer may use the accident report and any other documents to determine liability and each party’s percentage at fault.
What to Do If Your Child Is Hit By a Car in Queens
It is essential for every parent to learn how to handle such a situation in case of any unfortunate traffic incident.
Here are some steps to take immediately after a bicycle accident involving a child:
- Seek medical attention immediately to examine any internal and external injuries.
- Gather all the relevant evidence from the accident scene, such as the name of the driver who caused the accident, license number, contact information, and their insurance provider. Then, take pictures and get any witnesses’ contact information. Be sure not to discuss anything with the driver before speaking to your attorney.
- Keep your child’s medical bills and records, as this will be used when filling for a personal injury claim.
- Let your attorney help with all the paperwork required during the process.
The steps may be similar if you are the victim of a bicycle accident. You may also wish to speak to the police and receive a police report detailing the accident. Hold on to the police report as it can serve as crucial evidence of the liable party’s negligence.
What to Do If the Driver Denies Liability
If the driver denies liability, you still have the legal right to pursue damages. Proving these four elements helps your case:
- Duty of care: The other driver had the legal obligation to avoid causing harm.
- Breach of duty of care: The driver breached his legal responsibility by driving dangerously, putting others at more significant risk.
- Causation: Due to careless behavior, they caused the accident.
- Damages: You suffered pain, physical injuries, and property damage due to the crash.
If your lawyer provides all the supporting evidence and the defendants still deny liability, your attorney can decide to issue court proceedings on your behalf. However, if the defendant’s lawyer is unwilling to agree on a settlement, the case’s outcome will be determined by a judge.
Our Lawyers Can Help
The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP has decades of experience dealing with insurance companies and knows how to get an adequate settlement for your bicycle accident. With us on your side, you are not alone in your quest for justice. We care about your health and wellbeing.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we have everything that you may need in an accident situation. Our co-founder Richard Jaffe is a licensed emergency medical technician and a professional attorney. Dedicated to what he does, Jaffe will understand your medical needs and further examine your situation from a medical and legal perspective. Contact us today at (516) 358-6900 for free case review.
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accidents lawyer serving Queens, call 516-358-6900The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only. Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other information and may not be applicable in your jurisdiction.