If you've been injured in a bicycle accident in Murray Hill, Manhattan, (zip codes 10016 and 10017) contacting an experienced lawyer to represent you as soon as possible may be one of the most important decisions you make. The boundaries for Murray Hill are East 34th Street to East 42nd Street, and Madison Avenue to the East River and common zip codes include 10016 and 10017. Murray Hill is a bustling part of NYC and with congestion comes the increased chance of accidents, especially bicycle accidents. There are cyclists riding for pleasure, for exercise, couriers and even Uber bicyclists carrying deliveries from point to point.
MURRAY HILL BIKE ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
In our experience, a surprisingly high number of bike accidents cases in Murray Hill involve police reports blaming the bicyclist for the crash. We've handled successful cases where the police report indicates that our client was completely at fault for the accident, and many of these have been bike accidents.
Contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC if you, your child or a family member has been seriously injured in a bike accident in Murray Hill. We stand up for our clients injured on their bicycles as the result of another's negligence and ensure that they receive fair treatment and compensation for the injuries they sustain. Murray Hill, NYC has a high number of cyclists which necessarily means that there will be more bicycle accidents in this part of town.
Drivers often don't bother to look for bicyclists — or don't want to give them their rightful use of the shared road they are entitled by New York law. Many bike accidents occur when drivers simply don't see a cyclist and change lanes or make a right turn when a bicyclist is to their right. Bicycle riders in Murray Hill are also often injured by “dooring” – when the occupant of a vehicle opens their car door without looking to see if the cyclist is coming down the road.
What to do immediately following a Murray Hill, NYC Bicycle Accident
After suffering an injury as the result of a bike accident, a lot of our clients are unaware of the steps that they should take next. Questions about medical bills, employment and long-term care needs are just a few of the things you may be thinking about with questions to ask, looking for answers. Here are some of the things that we universally suggest you do after your bicycle accident:
- Get a Police Report and Seek Medical Attention: While this might sound like common sense, you may be surprised to learn how many people don't report being hit by a vehicle or don't immediately go to the hospital to get evaluated.
- Exchange Information with the Adverse Driver and Snap some Photos: In a perfect world, you should obtain the driver's name, address and phone number, Driver's License information as well as insurance information. Take pictures of their driver's license and their vehicle license plate. Further, snap some pictures of the scene of the accident, traffic conditions, damage to the adverse vehicle as well as your bicycle. Also photograph your visible injuries like scratches or swelling if possible.
- Witness Information: Make sure to get the contact information of any witnesses to the accident – as much as they'll provide such as name, phone number and address. Sometimes they might have seen the entire incident, or the events that led up to the collision. If you can get written statements then that's even better, because memories tend to fade and there is no substitute for a contemporaneous writing of an eyewitness with “no horse in the race,” so to speak.
- Don't Talk to the Driver's Insurance Company Before You Speak to a Lawyer: If there is a police report, the insurance company will get it promptly and may even call you asking you all sorts of questions. They may even ask you to provide them with a recorded statement. If you speak to them without an attorney, they will try to twist your words around and bait you into blaming yourself for the accident even if it wasn't your fault. They do this all-day, every-day, and so by definition, they will better skilled and better trained than you are.
Contact our law firm today at 212-240-9465 to get the wheels of justice spinning for you!