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Bicycle, Electric Bicycle,
Moped and Scooter Accidents

New York Lawyers

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.

Bicycle, E-Bicycle, Moped, Scooter Accidents
Common Accidents That Can Occur:
  • Aggressive driving or road rage;
  • Intoxication and impairment;
  • Cell phone for texting or calls;
  • Speeding;
  • Failing to observe;
  • Failing to yield the right of way;
  • Falling asleep;
  • Following vehicles too closely;
  • Passing cars improperly;
  • Disregarding traffic signals;
  • Making improper turns;
  • Being an inexperienced driver;
  • Changing lanes improperly;
  • Backing up without looking.to
New York City Department of Transportation (NYC-DOT) Rules and Regulations:

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.

Where You Injured By A Motor Vehicle?

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:

  • Death;
  • Dismemberment;
  • Significant disfigurement;
  • A fracture;
  • Loss of a fetus;
  • Permanent loss of the use of a body organ, member, function or system;
  • Permanent consequential limitation of the use of a body organ or member;
  • Significant limitation of the use of a body function or system;
  • A medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents the injured party from performing substantially all of the material acts which constitute such person’s usual and customary daily activities for not less than ninety (90) days during the one hundred and eighty days (180) immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment.

In New York, the no-fault regulations require you to file a claim within 30 days of your accident.
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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.