New York Bicycle Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident anywhere in the Hudson Valley area, including Goshen, Marlboro and Ulster, contact an experienced bicycle accident lawyer at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello for a consultation with one of our attorneys.
Negligent Drivers Fail to See or Heed Bicycles
Every regular bicycle rider has a story about a time where they were hit or nearly hit by a car. No matter how careful cyclists are in adhering to rules about bicycling safety, it is impossible to eliminate risk entirely when riding a bike on public roads. Unfortunately, car and truck drivers often do not scan the road carefully for bicyclists, and many have never learned how to properly share the road with bicycles. While trips taken by bike account for only 1% of all trips taken in the US, cyclists constitute twice that amount when looking at who is killed in motor vehicle accidents between bicycles and cars. To make matters worse, bicyclist deaths appear to be on the rise, with recent reports issued by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association noting that the number of cyclists killed in collisions rose 16% between 2010 and 2012, while deaths in automobile crashes rose only 1% during that period.
Tips for Safe Riding
Certain parts of the road are particularly dangerous to cyclists. While riding a bike, exercise even greater caution when riding through or near:
- Parked cars, where the driver might be emerging, resulting in the cyclist being “doored”
- Drivers who appear to be distracted by a phone, food, or makeup
- Drivers turning at intersections who may not have checked for oncoming bicyclists
- Drivers weaving or swerving in and out of their lane, indicating that they may be intoxicated
- Potholes or roadways under construction, which could prove difficult for narrow bicycle tires to navigate
Seek Legal Help for Bicycle Accident Injuries
If you’ve been injured in a crash while riding your bike, there’s a good chance you experienced serious injuries in the accident, ranging from road rash to broken arms or legs or internal injuries. If you’ve been hurt, ensure that the negligent driver who caused your injuries is forced to compensate you for the damage caused. You may need the assistance of attorneys, accident reconstructionists, investigators and other experts to help you prove your case and get the maximum amount of compensation. For a free consultation on your possible bicycle accident cause of action, contact experienced bicycle accident lawyers at the law firm Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello at 845-331-4100.