With warmer weather in the New York Metropolitan Area, more and more bicyclists are venturing out on the busy city streets, navigating car and heavy vehicle traffic. The city’s roads, parks and recreational areas, sadly, see an increase in injuries, many times involving motor vehicles and bicycles. Of course, bicyclists are also expected to observe all the same traffic laws as everyone else and to take safety precautions. However, violating a traffic regulation does not give a motorist the right to hit you. Drivers must exercise reasonable care to avoid bicycle accidents.
Understanding New York City Bicycle Laws
Under the New York State Law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as all other vehicle operators. Drivers of motor vehicles are legally required to respect the fact that bicycles, even though they may be slower and smaller, have every right to be on the roads.
If you were hit by an impatient or otherwise negligent driver
while riding a bicycle, you may have a right to compensation
from that driver’s insurance company.
At the law firm of Okun, Oddo & Babat, we help clients seek fair compensation from the drivers who are legally responsible for bicycle accidents. Contact us or call us at 212.642.0950 today to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
Learn more about Bicycle Safety to avoid bicycle injuries and fatalities from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.