New York Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Protecting New York Cyclists
Bicycles provide many advantages. They are very fun to ride and are a great form of exercise. In the Hudson Valley, individuals and families alike take bike rides all over town when the weather is nice. Some New Yorkers, especially in NYC choose bike riding as an alternate form of transportation to avoid spending money on gas and to protect the environment. Unfortunately bicycles offer very little in terms of protection from the hazards of the road. This leaves cyclists as vulnerable victims for a severe injury, or even a fatality, if an accident occurs.
According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2015 in the United States, there were over 1,000 bicyclists that died as a result of a collision with a car and almost 467,000 were injured. Most bicycle accidents could have been prevented if drivers took more care to avoid negligent behavior and gave their full attention to the road ahead. If you have had an accident while riding your bike, the New York Bicycle Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Sobo & Sobo want to hear your story. We want to listen to the details of your situation and help you to get compensation for the effects of your accident.
Bicycle Accidents are Often Caused by Driver Negligence
If a driver is distracted for even a few seconds, an accident can occur and if a cyclist is involved, the injuries can be severe. Accidents happen quickly while riding a bicycle, and there is not time or even the ability to control where or how you will land. As a rider, there are few precautions you can take to protect yourself from injury. Even if you were wearing a helmet, significant trauma can still occur. The most important thing to do after you are involved in a bicycle accident is seek medical attention. The most common injuries cyclists incur are head injuries and internal bleeding. It is important to always seek medical treatment after you have been struck by a driver because if you are internally bleeding, you may feel fine. Other common injuries for cyclists include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Facial Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Contusions and Lacerations
The reality is that most bicycle accidents are not the victim’s fault. Bicycle vs. automobile accidents are often the fault of the operator of the vehicle. Whether they were not obeying traffic signs, signals, speeding, texting or even driving under the influence of alcohol, the cyclist, should not have to suffer. The New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Sobo & Sobo are here to hear to your story, collect evidence and build your case. Even though you may have suffered potentially debilitating injuries as the result of an accident, it takes more than proof of your injury to file your case. It takes experienced lawyers who know how to listen to the details of your story and obtain solid evidence to prove negligence.
Cycle Accidents Can Be Fatal
If a death was the result of the collision between the vehicle and the cyclists, family members can then pursue a wrongful death claim. In a wrongful death case, the following compensation could be given:
- To help pay for medical expenses
- To help cover funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering the deceased endured
- Emotional suffering for loved ones as a result of the death
- Loss wages due to the death
In New York State, there is a limited time to file for a wrongful death so it is important to file as soon as possible. In addition, there are detailed statutes that indicate what the surviving members of a family are entitled to receive after a wrongful death. These entitlements include payment for lost lifetime earnings, medical treatment and funeral expenses as well as compensation for the pain and suffering your loved one endured as a result of the bicycle collision. A skilled lawyer, like the attorneys at the Law Offices of Sobo & Sobo are here to support and guide you through the sometimes complicated process of filing a wrongful death claim. Our focus is to be by your side and ensure that the journey is as smooth as possible.
Sobo & Sobo Serves Loved Ones after a Bicycle Accident
At Sobo & Sobo, we are committed to hearing your story and knowing the details of how you have suffered in the aftermath of a bicycle crash. If you live in the Hudson Valley, and have suffered physically, emotionally, or financially due to an accident, we recommend you contact the Law Offices of Sobo & Sobo. Our professional bicycle accident lawyers have experience handling a variety of personal injury cases and know how to support clients with compassion, understanding and kindness as they move forward. We will do all we can to be sure the journey is as smooth as possible; keeping you informed every step of the way. The initial consultation is always free and there are no attorney’s fees until we receive compensation for you. We have offices conveniently located in Middletown, Newburgh, New York City, Pine Bush, Spring Valley, Warwick, Poughkeepsie and Kingston.
If you or someone you know have been involved in a bicycle accident, please give us a call at 855-468-7626. We understand that the emotional impact caused by an accident that was not your fault. Let us help get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 855-468-7626 any time to set up a free first meeting and to start our journey of Winning Together.