New York City Bicycle Accidents Caused by Street Defects

The streets and roads of New York are known for their potholes and other defects. Although these street defects may not be much of a hazard for motor vehicles due to their size, they pose a serious danger for New York City bicycle riders.  Even though as a cyclist you have a duty to remain vigilant to your surroundings, including road conditions, you may still be entitled to compensation if you suffered injuries from a street defect.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of a street defect while riding your bike, you should contact the legal team at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek P.C. as they have the necessary experience and resources to get you the compensation that you may deserve.

Different Types of Street Defects

Street defects and other dangerous roadway conditions for New York City bicyclists include:

  • Pot holes
  • Construction plates
  • Road trenches and other temporary paving issues
  • Debris from construction sites
  • Negligently placed equipment in bike lanes and other sections of the road
  • Uneven pavement
  • Hummocks and ponding

If you were involved in an accident that resulted in injuries from any of the above street conditions, you may be entitled to compensation.

Responsibility for Bicycle Accidents Resulting From Street Defects

Bicycle accidents resulting from defective roadways are often complex. In order to determine who is liable for the accident and your injuries, your New York City attorney must first identify the owner of the road.

The majority of roads in New York City are owned by the State. Special rules apply to different types of roads and streets. In order to successfully file a claim, you must prove that the City or Municipality had “prior written notice of the defect” prior to the onset of your accident. You may also be able to win your lawsuit if you can prove that the City or Municipality affirmatively created the condition, worked in the area where your accident occurred, or there was some type of prior notice of the defective condition.

You may also file a personal injury lawsuit against any contractor who worked on the defective road where your bicycle injury happened. You or your New York City bicycle attorney can obtain necessary information concerning a road from the government by making a demand pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law.

Our New York City bicycle Attorneys Can Help

If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident due to a defective condition on the streets or roads of New York City and suffered serious injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced New York City bicycle attorneys, call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek P.C. at (212)584-2494. Our attorneys serve injured bicycle victims throughout New York and New Jersey.

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