Run Off the Road Bicycle Accident
If you were seriously injured because of a run off the road bicycle accident, you could still have a claim. Watch this video and call our attorney for help.
Another person’s actions caused my injuries in New York, but we didn’t actually collide with one another. Can they still be held responsible?
We got a call the other day from an individual who was operating his bicycle, in the city of New York, and he was basically run off the road and into an adjacent storefront because of the operator of the motor vehicle. He wanted to know if he had a case against this operator for running him off the road, even though the operator of the motor vehicle never struck him. Our first question was, “What happened? How did you get knocked off the road?” He said, “Look, I was on the bicycle path, and he was parked right along the edge of the bicycle path.” In the city of New York, that’s the way a lot of these bicycle paths are; you have the curbside, the bicycle path, and then you have vehicle that are parked adjacent to the bicycle path. This vehicle began to move, and instead of moving to the right onto the roadway, they moved to the left into the bicycle lane. The cyclist had no choice but to go right into the storefront.
He wanted to know if he had a claim, and the answer would be that we would be more than happy to prosecute a claim against the operator of the motor vehicle. The next question we had for him was, “Do you know who that is?” A lot of times, in situations like that, the motor vehicle operator may not even realize or know that he or she knocked the bicyclist off the road, and that motor vehicle is long gone. In this particular case, the operator of the motor vehicle did stay at the scene. He realized that he forced the bicyclist – even though he never made contact with the bicyclist – off the road into the storefront.
We were able to prosecute a claim against that motor vehicle operator. The police came to the scene. We had the police report. We had everything that we needed to move forward. The answer is, yes, you potentially do have a claim against that motor vehicle operator. The key is, hopefully, it’s a situation where the motor vehicle operator saw what happened and stayed at the scene, and you have the information to move forward with the claim against that operator.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured by an automobile while out on a ride and have questions about a run off the road bicycle accident? Contact experienced New York Bicycle Accident Attorney at the Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum today for a legal consultation to learn what your case is worth.
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