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Bicycles are an environmentally friendly way to get around a congested city like New York, as well as a favorite recreational pastime for many residents in the Fort Greene area of Brooklyn. However, when there is an accident, bicycles offer very little protection and riders are often subject to serious injuries. This is especially true when a collision also involves a vehicle. In these types of crashes, it is usually another motorist who is at-fault. Fort Greene bicycle accident attorney Michael J. Redenburg assists victims of these collisions in pursuing proper legal action against those responsible. Bicycle accident victims often need financial assistance to cover the costs of their injuries. Mr. Redenburg is dedicated to making sure those who are responsible for causing such injuries are the ones who bear the financial burden as well. If you, or someone you love, has been injured due to a devastating bicycle crash in Fort Greene, call our office today at (212) 240-9465 or contact us online to find out more about how we can help.
Brooklyn has been named the most dangerous borough for bicycle riders in New York City. Further, Fort Greene has a higher cyclist injury rate, per total rate of collisions, than any other area in the city. In fact, Fort Greene’s injuries per accident is four times higher than anywhere else in NYC. One of the most dangerous intersections for bicyclists is Ashland Place and Myrtle Avenue. If you’ve been involved in a bicycle crash, the first step is to seek immediate medical attention. However, soon after, it is advisable to consult an experienced Fort Greene bicycle accident lawyer who can help you preserve your legal rights.
Drivers are often the ones who cause collisions with bicycles. Distracted driving practices, failure to yield the right of way, and unsafe turns or lane changes are all factors in bicycle accidents. Road hazards, such as potholes, can also lead to bicycle crash injuries. In many situations, a motorist can be held accountable in a personal injury or wrongful death claim. These suits are based on negligence. A driver is negligent when they breach a duty of reasonable care owed to the victim. All road users owe each other the duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would under the same, or similar circumstances. A driver who hits a bicyclist because they are distracted by their phone can be found to have acted unreasonably, and therefore liable. The unreasonable breach must also be a proximate cause of the victim’s injury, or death, and result in damages.
To establish the elements of negligence, important evidence must be collected and presented. Statements from witnesses at the scene, as well as medical records, accident reconstructions, and police reports are all vital in proving a claim. If you are involved in a Fort Greene bicycle accident, a knowledgeable attorney can help make sure you have the proper documentation to substantiate your case. For Fort Greene collisions, the New York Police Department’s 88th Precinct will investigate the circumstances and provide a report of their findings. Copies of these reports can be obtained from their headquarters at 298 Classon Avenue.
Victims who have successfully proved negligence in a personal injury claim may be awarded damages in the form of past and future medical expenses, including rehabilitative treatment and physical therapy. They may also be compensated for loss of income or diminished earning capacity and pain and suffering. Families who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident may receive compensation for burial and funeral costs and loss of consortium. The statute of limitations for pursuing a personal injury lawsuit is three years from the date of injury, and wrongful death cases must be filed within two years of a victim’s death.
In the aftermath of a serious bicycle crash, victims often feel overwhelmed and at a loss as to what to do next. Fort Greene bicycle accident attorney Michael J. Redenburg is committed to making sure his clients feel confident with their legal representation so they can focus fully on their recovery. Mr. Redenburg’s work ethic is relentless and he works tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for each of his clients, representing those in and around Fort Greene as well as throughout Brooklyn and NYC. Call our office today at (212) 240-9465 or contact us online to set up a no-fee consultation and learn more about your legal options.