Bicycles, electric-bicycles, mopeds and scooters have become increasing popular in New York City as alternatives methods of transportation. While they are effective, they also run a high risk of getting injured from accidents involving larger automobiles such as cars, buses, trucks, and motorcycles.
According to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC-DOT), there are three different class groupings when it comes to pedal assist bicycles, electronic bicycles, mopeds, and scooters. It is important to know which class applies to you should an accident occur. For more information from the NYC-DOT, click here.
New York State follows what is known as “no-fault insurance” law (sometimes referred to as “personal injury protection insurance” or “PIP”) . That means regardless of who was at fault for the accident, your medical expenses and lost wages will be covered by the insurance company if the laws have been followed correctly.
Article 51 of the insurance law states that in order to pursue a lawsuit for personal injury from an automobile accident, you must establish a basic economic loss exceeding $50,000 or have suffered a “serious injury.”
Serious injuries are defined as follows:
If you were involved in an accident with a bicycle, electric bicycle, moped, or scooter, let us help guide you through the legal process. Contact us now for a free consultation.