Determined Pearl River firm represents cyclists hurt by unsafe drivers
New York State and New York City have enacted laws intended to increase safety for bicyclists. Still, thousands of people are injured and dozens are killed in New York bicycle accidents every year. The attorneys of Orak & Associates, PC, located in Pearl River, help recover compensation for bike riders injured in accidents with cars, taxis, trucks and pedestrians. We vigorously represent clients in claims settlements and personal injury lawsuits in New York City and Rockland County.
Accomplished litigators pursue fair settlements and favorable verdicts
Since bicycle riders don't usually carry vehicle insurance, they must look to other sources of recovery for losses suffered in an accident. We work diligently to prove negligence by motor vehicle drivers and others who may share responsibility. The driver's mandatory no-fault insurance coverage pays for injuries to bicyclists to same extent that the policy would cover the driver. For serious injuries that go beyond the limits of no-fault coverage, a claim can be made against the driver's liability insurance. In the case of a hit and run or an uninsured driver, the bicyclist can file a claim with New York's Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation. Our attorneys collect evidence to demonstrate the scope of cyclists' medical expenses, lost wages and other damages, including pain and suffering.
Experienced attorneys for bicyclists demonstrate fault of others for accidents
Our firm skillfully handles complex cases that involve multiple at-fault parties and sources of reimbursement. Some forms of negligence that result in cyclist injuries include:
- Dooring — Bike riders are sometimes injured when colliding with car doors opened into traffic.
- Car in bike lane — Bikes have the right of way in these lanes but car drivers sometimes enter them to make turns, enter parking spaces or avoid hazards, which can lead to collisions.
- Failure to yield —A driver who ignores a cyclist's right of way may hit the cyclist or cause him or her to swerve into danger.
- Unsafe turns — A vehicle making a turn may hit a cyclist and cause a secondary impact with the road and any objects in the way.
Not all bike accidents are the fault of other drivers. Bad weather and poor road conditions may be contributing causes. Government agencies are responsible for maintaining safe roads within their jurisdictions. If you hit a pothole or other obstruction in the roadway that you couldn't avoid, you may be able to file a claim with the state, county or municipal authority responsible for road repair.
Contact knowledgeable Rockland County bicycle accident attorneys for a free consultation
The attorneys at Orak & Associates, PC in Pearl River, New York are focused on achieving positive outcomes for individuals hurt in bicycle accidents in New York City and Rockland County. To schedule a free initial consultation with our office, call 917-216-8819 or contact us online.