Bicycle accidents, where a bicyclist is struck by a car, truck or bus, are are handled by an accident lawyer similarly to pedestrian accidents. We represent bicyclists in New York City, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Nassau and Suffolk on Long Island.
- 1 What’s different about bicycle accidents?
- 2 No-Fault Insurance for Bicycle Accidents
- 2.1 What No-Fault benefits do bicyclists get?
- 2.2 How soon after your bicycle accident do you have to file a No-Fault claim?
- 2.3 DO NOT file your No-Fault claim yourself!
- 2.4 Can I submit my medical bills to my health insurance company?
- 2.5 How soon do my medical bills have to be submitted to No-Fault?
- 2.6 If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, call us immediately
- 3 Proving That a Bicyclist Has a Serious Injury
- 4 Hit and Run Bicycle Accidents
- 5 How to Prove the Car Caused Your Bicycle Accident
- 6 What You Should Do If You Had a Bicycle Accident
- 7 NO Legal Fee for Estate Work for Wrongful Death!
What’s different about bicycle accidents?
- Unlike motorcycle accidents, when a bicyclist is struck by a car, the bicyclist is covered by New York No-Fault insurance.
- Bicyclists injured in a bicycle accident are subject to the NY serious injury threshold which means that if an injured bicyclist doesn’t have a “legally defined” serious injury, the case can be dismissed. You need an accident lawyer who knows how to prove your injury meets the legal definition of a serious injury. If you have any broken bone, no matter how minor, your case cannot be dismissed.
- There are similarities to a motorcycle accident when proving that a car or truck is at fault for causing a bicycle accident. You need a bicycle accident lawyer who understands how to prove the driver is 100% at fault.
No-Fault Insurance for Bicycle Accidents
No-Fault is insurance coverage provided by the car or other vehicle which hit you while riding a bicycle.
What No-Fault benefits do bicyclists get?
Think of No-Fault as health insurance and disability insurance with some additional benefits. No-Fault must give you a minimum of $50,000.00 coverage for:
- Medical bills including ambulance, hospital, doctors, therapists, radiology, drugs and other medical bills. If you need plastic surgery, we can get your plastic surgeon to agree to accept No-Fault so you will not have to pay up front!
- Dental bills, but this dental insurance has to pay for everything needed to restore your teeth and will pay up to the $50,000 limit or more if there is additional coverage. If you need dental coverage, we can get your dentist to agree to accept No-Fault so you will not have to pay up front!
- Lost wages or lost income.
- Money for household help.
- Reimbursement for taxi or other transportation to doctors.
How soon after your bicycle accident do you have to file a No-Fault claim?
DO NOT wait! You only have 30 days from the date of your bicycle accident to file a No-Fault claim, so it’s important to call a lawyer immediately.
DO NOT file your No-Fault claim yourself!
We show how to fill out a No-Fault application but you should not do it yourself if you had a bicycle accident.
In a bicycle accident, it is much more difficult to determine which insurance company is the No-Fault insurance company than it is with a car accident involving two cars. If you were driving a car, it’s easy because it will be your insurance company but in a bicycle accident, the No-Fault insurance company is the one insuring the car that hit your bicycle.
Sometimes, the police accident report has the wrong insurance company for the car. The police officer may have made a mistake or the driver may have changed insurance companies and provided the old insurance card to the police officer. Sometimes, even the NYS DMV computer has the wrong insurance company.
In New York City, there are many cars registered out-of-state and it can be difficult and take time to find the correct insurance company. Even with a car registered in New York, you could easily file a claim with the wrong insurance company.
If you were injured by a car or other vehicle while riding a bicycle, we will do all the work and complete the forms to file your No-Fault claim with the right insurance company to pay your medical bills and lost wages. A bicycle accident attorney should always file your No-Fault claim and No-Fault application.
Can I submit my medical bills to my health insurance company?
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident when struck by a car, you should not submit the ambulance, hospital and doctor bills to your health insurance company, until you have been denied No-Fault benefits. New York State law requires that these bills be paid by the no-fault insurance company.
How soon do my medical bills have to be submitted to No-Fault?
Medical bills must be submitted within 45 days of the date of treatment. Many people get caught having to pay for the ambulance bill which is often $500 because FDNY doesn’t submit the ambulance bill on time. We will make sure your ambulance bill and other medical bills are submitted on time so you won’t be responsible for it.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, call us immediately
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, call us immediately because it can take time to determine which insurance company is responsible to pay your no-fault benefits and a no-fault application must be filed within 30 days of your bicycle accident.
1-800-HURT-911 — 1-800-487-8911
Proving That a Bicyclist Has a Serious Injury
Unlike motorcycle accidents and like car accidents, NY No-Fault law requires that a bicyclist must have a “legally defined” serious injury, otherwise the bicyclist’s lawsuit can be dismissed. In the last few years, the New York State Supreme Court has dismissed cases even with surgery, ruling that the injury was not serious.
When you have to see the insurance company doctor, we go with you and we bring our own doctor to prevent the insurance company doctor from lying to get your case dismissed.
Your doctor’s medical records are crucial to proving your injury is serious, but we know what else to get from your doctors to prove that your injury is serious.
An often overlooked injury in bicycle accidents is a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. If you hit your head and had a concussion, you have a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. This injury is extremely serious and can be worth more than $1 Million. We settled a mild case for $1,200,000.
Head injuries are usually overlooked by the hospital if not considered life threatening but the injured bicyclist often doesn’t understand that the symptoms are from the bicycle accident. These symptoms may never go away.
Even your doctor will probably overlook these symptoms because you’re probably seeing an orthopedic surgeon who is only looking at common orthopedic injuries seen in bicycle accidents such as a broken bone, shoulder pain, knee pain, wrist pain, neck pain, and back pain. Orthopedic surgeons are not looking at concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries.
A mild traumatic brain injury is a serious injury. Any broken bone including a broken nose, broken finger, broken toe, broken rib or any other broken bone is defined by New York law as a serious injury.
Other injuries such as a torn rotator cuff in your shoulder; a torn ligament in your knee or a torn ligament in your wrist can be ruled by the court as not being legally serious. With these injuries, it is very important for us to document that your injury is legally serious.
Hit and Run Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents frequently involve a hit-and-run accident where the car and left the scene and is unidentified.
If you were injured in a hit and run bicycle accident and have car insurance or live with someone who has car insurance, you should call us immediately because you must file an uninsured claim for personal injury benefits as soon as reasonably practicable after your bicycle accident.
If the bicyclist does not have car insurance or live with someone who has car insurance and the car which caused the accident is uninsured or left the scene in a hit-and-run, the bicyclist must file a no-fault insurance application within 30 days of the date of accident and a personal injury claim with a NY State insurance agency called MVAIC.
In a hit-and-run accident, New York State law requires contact between the car or truck and you or your bicycle. For this reason, you should not talk to anyone including your own insurance company until speaking with us. Other attorneys will not take your case if there was no contact, however, we will.
In a hit-and-run accident, New York State law also requires that a police accident report be filed within 24 hours of the accident.
How to Prove the Car Caused Your Bicycle Accident
Proving that the driver of the car caused your bicycle accident is similar to proving that the driver caused a motorcycle accident. Drivers rarely see your bicycle for the same reason drivers don’t see the motorcycle.
Left turn accidents like where a car turning left causes a motorcycle accident and dooring accidents where a bicycle hits a car door being opened are caused by drivers who don’t see you. Of course, there are many other causes of bicycle accidents, again usually caused by drivers who don’t see your bicycle.
What You Should Do If You Had a Bicycle Accident
The information provided here is extremely simplified to give you an idea of what must be done when you’re injured in a bicycle accident. As can be seen, it’s fairly complicated and there are complicated forms that need to be filled out.
Obviously, you don’t want to enter information on these forms which can damage your case and no one wants to fill out forms anyway. We’ll be happy to fill out these forms for you so you don’t have to and will make sure that the forms are filled out properly and filed with the correct insurance company.
If you really want to fill out a NY No-Fault form for your bicycle accident without a lawyer, read How to fill out a NY No-Fault application yourself without a lawyer, for your bicycle accident.
NO Legal Fee for Estate Work for Wrongful Death!
We provide FREE legal services for estate work in the event that a bicyclist is killed and the family doesn’t have or doesn’t want to spend the money to hire an estate lawyer.
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