Understanding Queens Bicycle Accident Causes and Injuries from Our New York City Personal Injury Lawyer
Riding a bicycle is both great exercise. Some people use bicyclists to commute to work, stores, or for other places which also helps to reduce congestion on our roadways. While there has been many initiatives to help get more people to ride bicycles and to help keep more bicyclists safe, unfortunately it is not enough. According to NYC statistics, over 4,300 bicyclists are injured each year in collisions with motor vehicles. Many of these injuries are serious and result in catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries (SCIs), amputations, broken bones, and other serious damages. Our New York City personal injury lawyer knows how devastating this can be to a victim or family, and explains Queens bicycle accident causes and injuries.
Initially, it is important to note that bicyclists do not have the same protections as other motorists in a vehicle. This is obvious, as bicyclists do not have airbags, seat belts, side curtains, or even the steel shell around a vehicle which acts as a crunch zone. Bicyclists are also elevated on a seat which means they land down on the pavement harder than a pedestrian or motorcyclist who are lower to the ground. Here at Cohen and Cohen Law Group, P.C., we recognize how dangerous this can be for bicyclists who are hit by a car in any of the five boroughs.
Common Causes of Queens Bicycle Accidents
There are many common causes of a Queens bicycle accident resulting in personal injuries. Unfortunately, all of the common causes are usually preventable which means they could have been avoided with the proper exercise of caution from a motorists. This means that most Queens bicycle accidents are actually due to the negligence of another party. Some of the most common reasons include the following:
- Hard turns or looking without turning
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failure to yield
- Aggressive driving
- Drunk driving
- Distracting driving
- Mechanical failure
- Misjudging a turn and jumping a curb
- Veering into a bike lane
- Following another vehicle too closely
- Road rage, and
- Many other common causes.
Injuries After a Queen Bicycle Accident
Our New York City personal injury lawyers know that a Queens bicycle accident could result in catastrophic personalinjuries or the wrongful death of an innocent person. This includes personal injuries which are often debilitating and permanent, including need mobility assistance devices, multiple surgeries, and sometimes around-the-clock nursing care. Some of the most common types of injuries include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones or fractured bones
- Brachial plexus nerve injuries in the shoulders from hitting the ground
- Organ injuries
- Dislocated joints
- Separated joints
- Significant disfigurement
- Road rash and usually infections
- Torn muscles, tendons, or ligaments in the shoulder, hip, knee, or anywhere else
- Neck and back injuries, including bulging discs, slipped discs, herniated discs, and annular tears, and
- Many other serious injuries.
Ask Our New York City Personal Injury Lawyer for Help With Any Type of Queens Bicycle Accident
Here at Cohen and Cohen Law Group, P.C., our experienced New York City personal injury lawyers know how devastating and destructive that a Queens bicycle accident could be. Victims could be seriously injured or wrongfully killed when a motorist fails to follow the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a bicycle accident, or if a loved one was wrongfully killed, call for a FREE consultation by dialing 800-247-8164 or using our convenient and easy-to-use contact us box available here.