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Bicycles are a great way to get around in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Not only used for commutes, bikes are also common in the area for recreation and exercise. Unfortunately, bicyclists may be involved in dangerous accidents as well, as many motorists fail to take proper care in sharing the road. These accidents lead to significant injuries to bicyclists involved, as they do not have the protections that vehicles do and are no match to the weight and heft of a car when struck. If you or a loved one has been injured while riding your bike, Williamsburg Brooklyn bicycle accident lawyer Michael J. Redenburg can help you determine your next legal step. More often than not, it is a negligent driver who has contributed to causing your injuries, and they should be the one to bear financial responsibility. Victims injured in bicycle accidents often face long recovery times, missed work, and in the most severe cases, can be unable to work permanently. These victims need, and are entitled to, compensation to aid in that recovery. Mr. Redenburg offers dedicated and zealous legal representation for Williamsburg Brooklyn bicycle accident victims. If you have questions about your legal rights following a devastating bike collision, contact our office at (212) 240-9465 or online to speak with an attorney today.
Throughout New York City, over half a million people cycle each day. However, throughout the city, bicyclists also are at risk of injury in a bicycle collision. A report in February 2021 also found that more bicyclists were injured in Brooklyn that month than in any other borough. It is also over twice as likely that a driver rather than a bicyclist, is responsible for causing these accidents and injuries. Collisions caused by a driver error are also more likely to lead to a fatality. If you’ve been injured or a loved one has died in a bicycle accident, consulting a knowledgeable attorney in Williamsburg Brooklyn is important to make sure your legal rights are protected.
High traffic areas and streets, like along Bedford Avenue, can be particularly dangerous for bicyclists. Common causes of bike crashes in the area include:
All these causes indicate that a driver, or another party, has acted negligently. Negligence is the legal theory upon which personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits are based. In these claims, a plaintiff must show that a defendant breached a duty of care owed to the victim, causing the victim’s injury or death, and resulting in damages. For personal injury claims, the plaintiff is usually the victim themselves. For wrongful death claims, plaintiffs can be surviving children, parents, spouses or the personal representative of the estate. A seasoned Williamsburg Brooklyn bicycle accident lawyer can help determine if you have a claim and who may be liable in your case.
Evidence useful to establishing negligence can include witness statements, police reports, accident reconstruction, as well as any surveillance footage that may be available. Accident reports are compiled by the NYPD precinct where a collision occurred. In Williamsburg, either the 90th Precinct, located at 211 Union Avenue, or the 94th Precinct, located at 100 Meserole Avenue will have a copy of your report. Once negligence is proven, victims can receive compensation for past and future medical costs, lost income or earning capacity, as well as pain and suffering. Family members who have lost loved ones in a fatal accident may be awarded damages for any outstanding medical bills arising out of the accident, burial or funeral expenses, as well as loss of support.
If you need legal guidance following a serious bike crash, Williamsburg Brooklyn bicycle accident lawyer Michael J. Redenburg is available to assist you. Mr. Redenburg strives to make sure his clients’ cases are resolved as quick and stress-free as possible, so they can focus on healing. If you want more information about our legal services, contact our office today online or call at (212) 240-9465 to schedule a no-fee consultation about your case.