Syracuse Bicycle Accident Lawyer
If you’re a bicyclist and a negligent driver has injured you, a Syracuse bicycle accident lawyer at William Mattar can help. We have compassion for clients who were enjoying a bicycle ride when they were unexpectedly struck by a vehicle because the driver wasn’t paying attention. As a bicyclist on New York roadways, you have certain rights. We know those rights and can help you assert them in court.
Don’t face the stressful aftermath alone. Call us today at (844) 444-4444 or submit our free initial consultation form online. Once you contact us, you will speak directly with a William Mattar team member who can answer your questions and schedule an appointment with one of our experienced bicycle accident attorneys.
What Causes Bicycle Accidents?
Negligent drivers can cause many accidents resulting in a bicyclist’s injury. For example, motorists who fail to check for bicyclists in bike lanes or who fail to yield the right of way to a bicyclist at an intersection can cause a collision. In addition, other factors such as speeding, road rage, driving under the influence, and distracted driving can lead to a driver striking a bicyclist.
Dangerous roads can also result in an accident where riders are is thrown off their bike and seriously injured. Large potholes, bumpy pavement, unsafe speed bumps, and inadequate traffic signage can all potentially put an unsuspecting bicyclist at risk. In these cases, the municipality, business, or other entity responsible for the hazard may be found at fault.
Common Injuries Sustained By Bicyclists Struck By Vehicles
Although most accidents are between motor vehicles, some involve bicyclists. Because seat belts or doors do not protect bicyclists, accidents between bicyclists and cars can result in serious physical injuries. The use of a helmet can minimize the risk of traumatic brain injuries caused by a vehicle knocking you off your bicycle. In addition, if a bicyclist is struck by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, the cyclist may have little or no time to react and brace for impact.
Recovery from injuries caused by a bicycle accident can sometimes take weeks or months. Victims may also require long-term home care or rehabilitation services. Unable to work and earn a living, victims can experience stress from financial instability and wonder if their lives will ever return to normal.
We are here to help you regain peace of mind during this process. Your bike accident lawyer will stay at your side as we help you obtain financial compensation. Call (844) 444-4444 today to speak to a member of our team.
Bicycle Accident Safety Tips
The New York Department of Transportation (NYDOT)has provided several essential safety tips to help prevent bicycle accident injuries. Some of these tips include:
- Obey traffic rules and signals;
- Wear a helmet;
- Don’t ride against traffic;
- Don’t pass vehicles on the right;
- Keep both hands ready to brake;
- Never operate a bike while wearing bicycles, talking on a cell phone, or texting;
- Use hand signals;
- Use lights while riding at night.
If you’ve been injured in an accident while riding your bike, don’t hesitate to contact William Mattar today. For more bicycle riding safety tips from the NYDOT, visit dot.ny.gov.
Contact a Syracuse Bike Accident Lawyer Today
If you’ve suffered injuries because you were hit by a car while riding your bicycle, contact a Syracuse bicycle accident lawyer today. Please keep in mind that there are statute of limitations and notice of claim deadlines that can prevent you from making a claim. The quicker you call William Mattar, the sooner we can let you know whether you may be entitled to compensation. Help is only a phone call away — dial (844) 444-4444.