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Biking around the boroughs of New York City has become much more common in recent years. With the advent of Citi-bikes and the popularity of cycling in general, the city has devoted more financial resources to constructing and labeling dedicated bike lanes. In fact, some would say that NYC streets have been completely redesigned to accommodate cyclists.
Despite this, the sharp increase in ridership has resulted in an equally sharp increase in bicycle accidents.
Proner & Proner is one of the leading personal injury firms in NYC. If you were involved in a bicycle accident with a motor vehicle in NYC, it is important to learn about your rights and legal options. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, lost income, the cost of rehab, and pain and suffering.
Our lead attorney Mitchell Proner not only understands that you may be suffering, he knows how to fight to get maximum compensation so that you can get the treatment you need. Call our experienced bicycle accident lawyers today or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss options in your New York City bicycle accident case.
At Proner & Proner, our founding attorney, Mitchell Proner, handles all types of bicycle accidents in New York, including those caused by:
In a New York City bike accident that does not cause the death of the bicyclist, the victim may never fully recover. In some cases, this means that they cannot return to work as a bike messenger or resume their normal activities.
At Proner & Proner, our New York City personal injury lawyers fight to win maximum compensation for bikers injured because of the negligence of drivers of cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other motor vehicles.
Many bicycle accidents in the city are caused by simple negligent driving, which may include:
However, some bicycle accidents result from a third party’s negligence. Missing or obscured street signs, severely damaged road surfaces, and even unleashed dogs can contribute to bike accidents. When that happens, the bicycle accident might be the responsibility of a third party, not another driver.
Our experienced bike accident attorneys at Proner & Proner will investigate to determine exactly how your NYC bicycle accident occurred so that we can hold the responsible party financially accountable.
Because cyclists do not have the protection offered by motor vehicles, they are at a significant disadvantage when hit by a car, truck, or van. As a result, injuries to bicyclists in bike accidents are often severe and life threatening. Some of the more serious injuries that can result from bicycle accidents in New York include:
In the worst cases, a New York City bicycle accident can result in death.
It is always important for NYC cyclists to proactively protect themselves from car and bicycle crashes and other road accidents. As New York’s cycling culture continues to grow, NYC now boasts:
Despite the dramatic increase in ridership, bicyclists always incur the most serious injuries when involved in a car and bicycle crash. To stay safe from bike accidents, riders should:
If you have already been injured in a bicycle accident in New York, it’s important to contact an accident lawyer right away. Timelines for filing a claim for compensation may be extremely limited. In cases where neither you or the at-fault driver have car insurance, it’s important to report your accident immediately to preserve your right to full compensation.
Our experienced bicycle accident lawyers are here to help recover the most compensation possible in your case. This includes compensation for:
Biking has enhanced the lives of many NYC residents in recent years but also has the potential to result in catastrophic injury. If you were injured while riding your own bicycle or a Citi-bike in Manhattan or elsewhere in NYC, you may be entitled to financial compensation. At Proner & Proner, our bicycle accident lawyers know how to successfully help you get the fair compensation you deserve.
To schedule your free initial consultation, call our office or fill out this online contact form today.
Yes. Under New York City law, drivers of motor vehicles cannot open their door on the side of the vehicle where traffic is moving adjacent to the car. The driver is responsible for waiting until it is reasonably safe to open the driver-side door. This means checking for other motor vehicles and bicycles that may be passing by.
Yes. While a personal injury lawsuit may be available, you may also be covered by car insurance under New York’s no-fault insurance law. You may be covered by your own insurance policy or the policy of someone living in your home. You may also be covered by MVAIC insurance, which is a fund administered by New York. Many cyclists and NYC residents don’t own a car—and so don’t have car insurance. This fund is intended to help those residents who have been injured in a crash caused by an uninsured motorist.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Verdicts & Settlements
Proner & Proner’s experienced car accident attorneys win big verdicts and settlements for seriously injured clients. In some cases, clients have won millions of dollars in compensation. Some of our major cases are listed below.
Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck
Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures
Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus
Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder
Male: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck as a pedestrian by a taxicab that was involved in an accident with a bus.
Injuries: Stroke, with quality of life after the accident greatly diminished
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Crossing the street, our client was run over by a truck.
Injuries: Fractured skull and fractured right ankle, requiring surgery to head and leg
Female, 49: Cyclist hit by truck
Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk - our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Cognitive deficiencies, behavioral changes, permanent disability
Male, 38: Wrongful death
A man pulled over on the roadway to assist another vehicle in distress, and a tractor trailer struck him and his parked vehicle, resulting in his death.
Injuries: Wrongful death
Female, 17: Vehicle collision
Our client was in a car driven by her sister that skidded on ice into oncoming traffic.
Injuries: Broken hip and a ruptured diaphragm
Female, Female: Vehicle collided with guardrail
Two clients were injured in an accident that took place in 2003 when they were passengers in a car that hit a guardrail.
Injuries: The clients each sustained a broken wrist
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was a pedestrian hit by a left turning vehicle.
Injuries: Soft tissue injuries to neck, back and shoulder which required three surgeries
Multiple Clients: Vehicle collision
Intersection accident with a van transporting handicapped adults.
Injuries: Broken ankle, closed head injury
Female, 32: Vehicle collision
While making a left hand turn, our client was struck by another vehicle.
Injuries: Broken right wrist, three compound fractures on right ulna requiring surgery, mild traumatic brain injury
Female, 21: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by car while on her way to work by a vehicle making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Comminuted left tibia and fibula fractures that required surgery
Male, 47: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck by a car while making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Broken pelvis, fractured sacrum
Male, 31: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Defendant made illegal U-turn and struck our client.
Injuries: Dislocated shoulder; injury to iliotibial band and lateral aspect of the right knee
Female, 42: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by a car while crossing the street.
Injuries: Blood clots in abdomen, two broken ribs, compression fractures of spine
Male: Vehicle collision
Our client was riding a scooter and was hit by a flat-bed tow truck.
Male, 37: Vehicle collision
A traffic light was turning green for our client, when a woman ran full speed against the light and hit our client.
Injuries: Left ankle fracture which required open reduction and internal fixation. Fractured and broken nose
Female, 55: Wrongful death
Our client’s husband was killed when a car drove into the driver’s side of the vehicle. Wrongful death.
Male, 61 - Female, 62: Vehicle collision
Accident caused by police chase.
Injuries: Our client died as a result of her injuries, which included multiple fractures and massive bilateral extensive pulmonary with significant right ventricular strain.
Road Rage Incident
Mitchell Proner spoke in support of NYC motorcycle riders and called on NY lawmakers and police not to overreact to a highly publicized road rage incident or to let that incident cast all motorcyclists in a bad light.
Hit and Run
Attorney Mitchell Proner was on hand when the motorist accused of hitting a female jogger on a road in Central Islip appeared in a New York courtroom to answer charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Attorney Mitchell Proner, an expert on maritime law, spoke about the similarities between the Costa Concordia ferry disaster and the recent Indonesian ferry accident that killed at least 24 people.