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September 26, 2022 | Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents

Tips for Avoiding NYC Bicycle Accidents

How to Stay Safe While Biking in New York

New York City is home to all kinds of traffic. From cars to bicycles, the streets are flooded with people going from place to place. The crowded areas make it more likely that accidents will occur. Bicyclists are particularly prone to accidents and serious injuries since they are less protected than individuals in passenger vehicles. 

If you are involved in a bicycle accident, you need to discuss your rights with an attorney. At Ajlouny Injury Law, we help those that have been harmed by another person’s negligence. Whether you were a cyclist hit by another vehicle or injured because of a mechanical failure, we can help. Contact our office today at (718) 233-3913 for free legal advice.

Bicycle Safety Tips

Bicycling is something enjoyed by people of all ages. However, it can be dangerous if you fail to take proper safety precautions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 938 bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents in 2020. Thousands of others were seriously injured.

Following these tips can help you avoid bicycle accidents:

  • Check to make sure your bike is functioning properly. Always double-check your brakes and gears before taking a ride. 
  • Control your speed.
  • Watch out for people in parked cars opening their doors. In many cases, the bicycle lane is adjacent to street parking.
  • Assume that vehicles don’t see you. Do not pull out into an intersection without making sure you have plenty of room. Look for cars that are about to turn. 
  • Avoid distractions. Do not ride with your headphones in or while on your phone. 
  • Wear brightly colored reflective clothing and always wear a secure-fitting helmet.
  • Use a bike lane if the street has one. 
  • Use hand signals to notify motorists that you are going to be turning. 

If you are injured in a crash, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a bicycle accident lawyer. An attorney can help determine if you should file a lawsuit against a liable party. 

How Motorists Can Help Save Lives

It is not only bicyclists that can help prevent accidents in New York City. Motorists can also prevent bicycle accidents by being on the lookout for cyclists. Before opening a door, they should check mirrors and always open it slowly. Before pulling out of a driveway or alley, motorists should look twice to be sure no bicyclists are coming. Furthermore, drivers can help by yielding to cyclists when it is appropriate. 

Contact Our Office for a Free Consultation

If you are involved in a bicycle accident, you might be entitled to compensation. It is essential to discuss your case with an attorney. At Ajlouny Injury Law, we offer FREE legal advice to injured parties. Contact our office today at (718) 233-3913 to speak directly with a lawyer.

Let us help you get the recovery you deserve. There are no fees unless we win. You should not have to pay for someone else’s wrongdoing. Call now to discuss your legal options.

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