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Bike Accidents

Bike Accidents

When a New York Bike Accident Turns to Tragedy

Our personal injury attorneys fight for justice

With crowded streets and busy roadways, New Yorkers frequently rely on bicycles for an effective and economical mode of transportation. However, when distracted drivers and incompetent cabbies threaten your safety as a responsible cyclist, tragedy strikes. Even with the abundance of designated bike lanes and strict cycling laws, you are still at risk when you hit the streets. You could sustain life-threatening injuries to your brain, spine and neck – or even face death.

The attorneys at the New York law firm Rubenstein & Rynecki have more than 30 years of experience fighting for maximum awards for victims of bike accidents. Our attorneys are ready to fight for you and your family after a bike accident has affected your health, safety, well-being and quality of life.

Common causes of bicycle accidents

In 2011 alone, there were 230 cyclist injuries in Manhattan caused by bicycle and motor vehicle collisions, according to the NYC Department of Transportation. In Brooklyn, the numbers were even higher ― 285 injuries and even two fatalities. During Mayor Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor, he increased the number of bike lanes in the city. Even with safer streets for cyclists, you can still face injuries as the result of:

  • Driver making an unsafe or illegal left or right turn
  • Driver not obeying traffic signals
  • Driver opening a vehicle door while a bicycle passes
  • Driver sideswiping a bicycle
  • Drunk driving
  • Bicycle rider not obeying traffic signals or engaging in unsafe behavior

In many car accident and bicycle accident cases, the negligent driver is to blame, especially on the bustling streets of New York. Let the personal injury attorneys at Rubenstein & Rynecki examine the details of the incident, and determine whether pursuing compensation from the negligent party is appropriate.

Injuries associated with bike accidents

When a 4,000-pound car or 33,000-pound tractor-trailer collides with a 30-pound bicycle, the bike is at an obvious ― and dangerous ― disadvantage. Even with a helmet and other safety gear, you could be at risk for such injuries as:

  • Brain injury
  • Skull fracture
  • Broken bones
  • Internal bleeding
  • Concussion
  • Severe bruising
  • Abrasions and cuts
  • Coma

Very serious bike crashes may lead to death. In such cases, the family of the victim may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. An experienced attorney can evaluate your situation on a case-by-case basis.

Representing victims since 1972

Rubenstein & Rynecki and its predecessor firms have been representing victims since 1972. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, major or minor, suffered medical malpractice or been a victim of police misconduct, you may be entitled to monetary damages. Rubenstein & Rynecki may be able to help you. No recovery, no fee. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Case Results

  • $62 million verdict

    $62 million verdict for medical malpractice causing double amputation

  • $22.9 million verdict

    $22.9 million verdict (reduced on appeal) for a motorcyclist struck by a milk truck in Queens

  • $17.9 million

    $17.9 million for medical malpractice causing amputation of hands and feet