Protecting bike riders when the worst happens
New York can be a tough place for bicyclists. For most people, driving a car in the city is unnerving; they would never consider pedaling around without the protection of a vehicle. For those who choose to ride a bike, the daily chaos of the city presents considerable risks.
DeToffol & Gittleman, lawyers know that bikers are vulnerable to accidents and have helped many who have been injured obtain the compensation they need to pay for medical care and lost wages. Likewise, we assist pedestrians and bicyclists who have been injured by other bikers.
As more and more bicyclists take to the streets through the recently launched bike share program, Citi Bike, we expect to see even more injured people needing assistance.
When a bicycle is involved in an accident, it is easy to blame the bicyclist. Our law firm never takes the easy road when it means a client will be short-changed. We do the work that ensures the entire story is told and the responsible party is identified and held accountable.
When negligence causes harm
Our personal injury law firm handles bike accidents caused by:
- Motorists driving in the bike lane
- Drivers failing to see a bicycle when turning
- Drivers running red lights or speeding
- Motorists failing to yield to bicycles in crosswalks
- Defective bicycle components
- Defective roadway conditions
These accidents can result in a wide array of injuries. The head typically is the most vulnerable. New York law only requires bicyclists under the age of 14 to wear a helmet, but adults who wear them can significantly reduce their risk of minor, serious and deadly head injuries.
The experience to get the job done correctly
Our attorneys have significant experience in helping clients suffering from brain injuries, spinal injuries, and broken and severed limbs. We also help families whose loved ones were victims of fatal bicycle accidents obtain fair compensation.
We understand bicycle laws and motor vehicle laws and how they affect an accident case. We are thorough in our pursuit of justice, evaluating every detail with a keen eye for the facts that help build a strong case. We hire qualified experts when necessary, review medical records and photos, and conduct witness interviews.