Bicycle Accident Statute of Limitations

Injured cycling in New York? Watch this video to learn about bicycle accident statute of limitations and why it’s so important to file your claim immediately.

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Question:

How long do I have to file a bicycle accident claim in New York?

Answer:

If you’re here, chances are you were involved in an accident where you were a bicyclist struck by a motor vehicle in New York. One of the questions that you may have is, “How long do I have to file a claim?” The answer is to do it as early as possible. You want to do it early because you want to make sure the evidence that you need to prosecute the claim is preserved. An example, you want to make sure that witness statements are taken. You want to make sure photographs are taken of the accident scene. The earlier you begin the process, the better off you are.Bicycle Accident Statute of LimitationsThere are some legal deadlines that you need to be aware of. You have three years to file a lawsuit in New York if we’re talking about a private defendant. If we’re talking about a municipality, it’s an even shorter time frame. An example is in the City of New York, you must file your claim within a year and 90 days, but there are also notice of claim requirements that have to be met within the first 90 days.

It is important that you retain competent council to guide you through this process. They’ll help and they will make sure that witness statements are taken when necessary, that photographs are taken of the accident scene, and our office can properly guide you through that process.


Were you or a loved one seriously injured on a bike and have questions about the bicycle accident statute of limitations in New York? Contact a New York bicycle accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.

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