Bicycles in New York City are more popular then ever with the introduction of the widely popular Citi Bikes. These days, New Yorkers are not only using bicycles for recreation or exercise, but also as a means to travel to and from work, or simply run errands. Unfortunately, since the body of a bicyclist is unprotected from contact with a vehicle, accidents involving a bicyclist and cars often leads to catastrophic injuries.
Many operators of cars simply fail to pay attention when entering intersections, and strike bicyclists due to their careless operation of the vehicle. And even greater danger exists when a bicyclist is struck by a bus or a truck. In addition, bicyclists often are confronted with environmental factors in the roadway such as potholes, defective roadway design, as well as impaired visibility due to poor road or path conditions. Bicyclists are also in danger when an occupant of a car opens its door directly into the cyclists path.
If you were injured by a vehicle while on a bicycle is it important to know that you should be entitled to receive No-Fault benefits from the offending vehicle under New York law. It is also critical that all bicyclists wear a helmet. In this regard, New York Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1238 requires bicyclists under the age of 14 years to wear protective headgear. While New York State does not require bicyclists over the age of 14 to wear protective headgear, it is clear that a helmet is extremely beneficial since it can prevent a serious head injury. In fact, there is a well-known study in the New England Journal of Medicine, where it was demonstrated that cyclists who wore helmets reduced their risk of a head injury by over 80%.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident after being struck by a careless driver of a car, contact us. We will give your case the individual attention it deserves.