Cycling in New York City & Bike Crashes
March 25, 2020 Belluck & Fox, LLP
Nearly eight-hundred thousand New Yorkers ride a bike regularly. It is estimated that over 490,000 cycling trips are made each day in New York City—triple the amount taken 15 years ago.*
In 2018, the police responded to almost 300 bike crashes**. Drivers too often fail to pay attention to cyclists while driving.
What happens when you get hit by a distracted driver?
- Get to safety as soon as you can.
- Contact the police and remain at the scene of the accident until the police arrive.
- Collect information of all persons involved in the accident and any possible witnesses, (names, addresses, phone numbers) license plate numbers, insurance information.
- Get medical attention as soon as possible. Even a minor accident can cause long term or permeant injuries.
In New York it does not matter if you do not have health insurance. Your medical bills may be covered by the vehicle’s insurance. However, you only have 30 days to make a claim under New York No-Fault Insurance Law Provisions.
To have the insurance company cover medical bills and to receive compensation for any lost wages, a proper written notice to the insurance company must be filed within 30-days of the accident. If this deadline is missed the cost of medical treatment may fall on you. Call Belluck & Fox, LLP at 212-681-1575 for any questions regarding bicycle accidents.
Here are some safety tips for cyclists:
- Exercise caution and yield to pedestrians
- Stop at all red lights and stop signs
- Ride in the direction of traffic
- Stay off the sidewalk unless you are under 13 years of age
- Use a white headlight and red taillight at night
- Use a cell to signal your presence
- Do not wear more than one earphone while riding
- Put your phone away while cycling
- Wear a helmet
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