Since its launch in May 2013, New York’s Citi Bike program has gained popularity, especially during the warmer months of spring and summer. However, as popular as it may be, the program has its share of legal problems as well. One legal problem involves users and members of the program filing slip and fall claims.
The Details of the Slip and Fall Claims
In 2013, three Citi Bike users, Lashonne Shelton, Howard Orlick and Diane Mathes, filed notice of claims against New York City, alleging that the placement of the bicycle racks caused them to trip, fall and suffer injuries. All three claims state that the plaintiffs were injured as a result of a “trap-like” condition that was created by the structure of the bike racks.
In order to establish a valid claim, each plaintiff must prove that the city negligently installed the bike racks, causing them injuries. Additionally, the plaintiffs must prove that their injuries caused them to suffer either economic damages (financial losses caused by the accident) or non-economic damages (emotional suffering caused by the accident).
Obtaining Legal Help
Filing a lawsuit against a public or private entity in a slip and fall or trip and fall case can be complex. As such, it is important that the injured individuals obtain the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to help them get the compensation that they deserve.
Injured on a Bike? We Are Here to Help!
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another party, call the New York City bicycle accident lawyers at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. as you may be entitled to compensation.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, call us at 212-584-2494. We are dedicated to getting you the full compensation you are entitled to for the injuries you have suffered.