Riding a bicycle offers people a sense of freedom, fun and added fitness benefits. Unfortunately, there are also potential dangers when going out for a ride alone or with your children. Many motorists see bicycle riders as a nuisance, despite their legal right to use the roadways just the same as a motor vehicle. Both bicyclists and drivers of motor vehicles must follow the traffic rules set forth by New York State, including hand signaling for turns and stops, and obeying traffic control devices.

Even if you obey the law and take precautions such as wearing a helmet, using a headlamp, tail lamp and wearing reflective clothing, you cannot control the actions of drivers on the road. Drivers can negligently cause injuries to bicyclists in a variety of ways.

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Common Examples of Driver Negligence

Some of the most common examples of driver negligence include:

  • distracted drivers using cell phones to talk or text
  • drivers unsafely exiting driveways
  • drivers “rolling through” a stop sign or intersection without noticing an oncoming bicyclist

Because bicyclists have very limited physical protection, injuries suffered as a result of being hit by a motor vehicle are often severe. Examples of bicycle rider injuries include:

  • Fractures, Cuts, Abrasions
  • Head Trauma
  • Concussions and Brain Damage
  • Disfigurement and Scarring
  • Death

In order to hold a motorist liable for injuries sustained due to a cycling accident, it must be proven that the driver operated the vehicle in a negligent manner. Meeting this burden is crucial to recovering damages for pain and suffering and economic loss. Insurance companies often take the position that the cyclist was completely at fault or contributed to the crash and his/her injuries by failing to obey traffic rules, or not utilizing safety equipment. This is why It is imperative to call an experienced New York bicycle attorney as soon as possible following your accident, so a prompt and thorough investigation can be conducted.

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At Richmond Vona, LLC, our New York bicycle attorneys work tirelessly to properly investigate your claim and work to get you the financial compensation you deserve. Please wear your helmet and ride safe, but If you or a loved one was injured on your bicycle by a negligent driver, please call us today for a free, no obligation consultation. Attorney Keith R. Vona is an experienced cyclist, and has an extensive understanding of the complexities involved in New York bicycle accident cases.

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