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The West Village is a neighborhood in the western section of the larger Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan in New York City. The zip code is 10014.
Bicycling is much more than just a great form of exercise. It's a great form of transportation that is environmentally friendly and also great for your health. But other vehicles upon the roadways are not always keeping their eyes out for cyclists even though they have the same rights as other with whom they share the road. If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence you may be entitled to legal compensation. Call the bicycle accident lawyers at Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC now at 212-240-9465 for a no obligation, free in-office consultation.
The injuries that we have seen as a result of bicycle accidents are usually more severe than in auto accidents simply because a bicyclist is not afforded the protections that an automobile occupant is. We are willing to represent you and stand by your side after a bike accident and fight for every dollar of compensation that you are entitled to.
What Is a Bicycle Accident?
Bicycle accidents are generally classified as any traffic accident where at least one of the parties in the collision is operating a traditional pedal bike or a later model e-bike. Most bicycle accident occur between a bicycle and a car or truck, but may involve two bicycle or a bicycle and a pedestrian.
Who Is Responsible for the Bicycle Accident?
Who will be held liable for the bike crash will depend on who is liable for the happening of the accident and also apportionment of liability. As with most other auto accidents, the question of liability in a bicycle accident hinges on the issue of negligence.
A negligent person is legally liable for the damages caused by their careless actions or failure to act, commonly referred to as inactions.
Types of negligence that may lead to a bicycle accident include:
- Dooring, which is when a cyclist strikes the open door on the driver's side or passenger side if an auto parked or stopped on the side of the road;
- Speeding or driving faster than conditions call for;
- Texting while driving;
- Distracted driving;
- Failure to yield;
- Making dangerous turns;
- Running red lights or stop signs;
- Aggressive driving;
- “Cutting off” a bicycle or another vehicle;
- Drunk driving;
- Improper vehicle maintenance;
- Violating a traffic law.
In the majority of bicycle accidents, it is the motorist — not the cyclist — who is at fault for the crash. However, it is possible for a cyclist to cause this type of accident.
Injuries Sustained as the Result of Bicycle Accidents
Bicyclists are exposed to the full force of collision without anything around them to absorb the impact. Accordingly, bicycle accident injuries tend to be some of the worst we see.
Common injuries in a bicycle accidents may include:
- Soft tissue injuries, including whiplash
- Broken or fractured bones, including arms, legs, ribs, and collar bones
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Back injuries, including spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage, including internal bleeding
- Joint damage, including the knees, shoulders, ankles, and wrists
- Serious burns, scrapes, cuts, and bruises
Generally speaking, the compensation available to bicycle accident victims in Nebraska can include:
- Medical expenses
- Hospital bills
- Lost wages
- Future loss of income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Out-of-pocket costs
If you have been injured in a West Village Bicycle Accident, contact us now at 212-240-9465 to get the wheels of justice spinning for you!