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Can You Sue a Driver Who Hits You While You’re Riding a Bike?

The streets of New York City are practically always busy with car and bike traffic. There are several bicycle paths and bike lanes in the city to help ensure the safety of riders. To help ensure your safety and the safety of those around you while riding your bike, you should stay to the right side of the road and follow all traffic laws. Still, even when you’re being as safe as possible, an accident with a car can still happen. If a driver hit you while you were riding your bike, you may be entitled to compensation.

Driver’s Fault

Bike accident and a boyYou can sue a driver if they were negligent or may have crossed into the cyclists’ path. Negligence on the part of the driver may be established based on contributory factors to the accident. A driver owes a duty of care to other road users, including cyclists. Drivers are expected to drive with care and observe all the traffic rules while on the road. You should consult a lawyer who is conversant with bike accident cases to help you seek compensation for injuries sustained.

Gather Evidence

When seeking compensation, it’s often crucial to obtain a medical report, receipts for medical bills, witness statements, police reports, and other relevant documents to help prove your case. The court may use the documents to help assess and determine the amount of compensation you should get.

“No-Fault” Insurance

Because New York has “no-fault” laws, if the driver has insurance in this state, their insurance will cover your expenses. If you choose to litigate, the insurance company will represent the driver. You’ll need the driver’s name and insurance information for a “no-fault” claim.

Leav & Steinberg LLP is a law firm in New York City with a track record of helping our clients with their personal injury cases. If you’ve been injured in a bike accident, contact us today to request a free consultation from our experienced attorneys.