Bicycle riding is an enjoyable hobby on Long Island and a great way to exercise. Many times, you can find a trail on which to ride, meaning you are nowhere near motor vehicles, which makes your ride safer.
However, there are other times where you simply cannot avoid sharing the road with cars, trucks, and other vehicles. Unfortunately, it is at these times where you are in the greatest danger of being struck by a car and ending up with multiple injuries that could greatly affect your life well into the future.
At Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., we are well versed in the various ways that negligent drivers can make a mistake behind the wheel that leads to a crash with a bicycle, changing the cyclist’s life forever. As a Brookhaven bicycle accident lawyer, we are ready to protect your rights to seek Frequency of Bicycle Crashes
Unfortunately, Suffolk County on Long Island is one of the most dangerous places in the entire state for bicyclists. According to Newsday, in 2011, Suffolk County had 4.6 deaths for cyclists per 1 million people living in the county, giving it a fatality rate for cyclists more than double the average of the state of New York.
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accidents lawyer serving Brookhaven, call 516-451-7900
Rules for Cyclists
When riding a bicycle, the cyclist must follow traffic laws that apply to motor vehicle operators. They must signal turns when riding on the roadway, and obey all traffic signs and signals, according to the New York Department of Transportation (DOT).
Bicyclists are expected to share the road with motor vehicles, although they cannot ride on Interstate highways and expressways.
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Dangers for Bicyclists
It is during times where the cyclist is sharing the road with motor vehicles where the cyclist is in the most danger of suffering a crash with a motor vehicle. Even if the cyclist is following all of the rules for riding on the roadways in the state and county, it is possible that a driver behaves in a negligent manner, causing a collision in which the cyclist suffers an injury.
If the driver who hit your bicycle was behaving in a negligent manner or violating traffic laws before the collision, you have the right to seek damages for your injuries.
The team at Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., is ready to begin working on your behalf immediately. As a trusted Brookhaven bicycle accident lawyer, we want to help victims in bicycle crashes receive the compensation they deserve, especially when they did nothing wrong. Even in situations where you may be partially at fault for the collision, you may still be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. For a free case review, call us at (631) 451-7900 today.
Common Causes of Car and Bike Collisions
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 857 bicyclists suffered a fatality in a traffic accident in the United States in 2018.
Sometimes, the cyclist just loses control while riding, meaning he or she could suffer serious injuries after leaving the roadway or trail. In a case like this, where no other vehicles or people were involved, the cyclist’s own health insurance would help with medical bills and ongoing treatment.
Other times, though, another person’s negligence played a role in the cyclist’s crash, whether a motor vehicle hit the cyclist or simply caused the cyclist to lose control. In these types of cases, the cyclist has the right to try to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible person. Additionally, the cyclist may have been injured because of a defect or dangerous condition on a roadway, sidewalk, or property. In these cases, the person or entity responsible to maintain the area may be liable for the cyclist’s injuries.
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Not Paying Attention
A driver who is distracted while behind the wheel may not be paying full attention to the road, meaning he or she does not see the bicyclist until it is too late to avoid a collision.
It does not really matter if the driver was texting and driving, was eating, or was being distracted by other people’s behavior inside the car. His or her inability to focus on the road is a contributing factor to the collision and your injuries.
Often, if the driver is not paying attention to the roadway, he or she will not even slow the car before hitting the bicyclist, which increases the seriousness of the injuries that the bicyclist could be facing.
A motor vehicle operator who has been using drugs or drinking before climbing behind the wheel can lose his or her ability to judge distance or to make split-second decisions. This causes an inability to avoid hazards. It also may cause slow decision-making, which could leave the driver unable to avoid hitting a bicyclist.
When a driver has been drinking, he or she may be tempted to leave the scene of a collision with a bike rider, hoping to avoid trouble, which violates Vehicle & Traffic (VAT) §600. If this occurs in your case, it is important that you try to remember as much as you can about the vehicle that hit you, to help police officers track down the driver.
Some of the most dangerous places for bicyclists are intersections. Drivers may only be on the lookout for other vehicles at the intersection, especially when making a left turn, meaning they might ignore bicyclists, causing a collision.
Unsafe Lane Change
If a driver drifts out of his or her lane, this could cause a bicyclist driving near the vehicle to lose control. Even if the driver does not hit the cyclist, the driver could be found liable for the cyclist’s injuries, because the driver’s actions forced the bicyclist to leave the roadway.
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We work on a contingency fee basis when taking on personal injury cases. This means you do not need to pay us upfront when you hire us. Instead, our payment comes out of the settlement amount once the case reaches a satisfactory conclusion.
As experienced Brookhaven bicycle accident lawyers, we have unfortunately seen the effects of car collisions with bicycle riders, leaving them unable to work and facing years of mounting medical bills. We take pride in fighting for your rights to seek compensation, especially when you did nothing wrong. Even if you may be partially at fault for the collision, we will assess the facts to determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses.
For a free case review, call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. at (631) 451-7900, we can also assist clients in Spanish. Should you choose to hire us, our team is ready to begin working on your case immediately.