Nassau County Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Skilled Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Nassau County, NY
While most people’s chosen mode of transportation is the automobile, Nassau County certainly has its fair share of bicyclists on its roads. Whether it’s recreational or a way of travel used to get to and from work, we all have to safely share the roads. Often during our hectic commutes, car drivers fail to notice bicyclists on our roads. What makes matters worse is that very few roads contain dedicated bicycle lanes. Further, many of our roads have little or no shoulder. This leads to a substantial amount of bicycle accidents in Nassau County. If you have found yourself in this type of situation, it is important to consult with a Nassau County Bicycle Accident Lawyer.
If you are struck while riding a bicycle in Nassau County you may want to speak to an experienced Nassau County bicycle accident lawyer. There are many issues that arise after an accident. For example, you may have serious injuries that need medical attention. But who’s going to have to pay those bills? What if you can’t work? You may need to obtain lost wages. What if you need household help or need to get driven for medical treatment. Who’s going to have to pay those bills?
An experienced Nassau County bicycle accident lawyer can direct you through all of those issue. They may even be able to recover compensation for what you’re going through. Best of all, most Nassau County bicycle accident attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning there is no fee unless they win your case.
Who will pay my medical bills?
Nassau County, as part of New York State is a no fault jurisdiction. Our No fault system requires the vehicle’s insurance carrier that strikes the bicyclists to pay for all medical treatment.
Every No fault policy maintains $50,000 of no fault coverage for your accident. However, sometimes that amount is insufficient. Often no fault policies offer more than the $50,000 limit. So you should always have your lawyer check the vehicles limits.
A good lawyer will also check your household car insurance policy as your policy may have additional medical payment benefits. However, this needs to be done within 30 days of your accident. Your own car insurance policy is your secondary choice of coverage for those expenses and may pick up costs the offending vehicle’s insurance policy won’t.
Who will pay my lost wages?
Similar to medical bills, the vehicle that strikes you must pay your lost wages. Unfortunately, there is usually a maximum limit of 80% of your salary up to $2,000 a month. This may be insufficient to cover your lost wages. Similar to medical bill, the carrier my have enhanced limits allowing for larger payments for high earning bicycle accident victims.
Also, similar to the medical coverage, your car insurance policy may provide larger limits for lost wages through your No fault coverage. So again, always file a second no fault application with your car insurance company right away.
How long do you have to file a no fault application?
The law requires a written application be received by the No fault carrier within 30 days of your accident. And again, if your medical bill, lost wages and out of pocket expenses may exceed $50,000, it’s always a good idea to file a second no fault application with your own car insurance company within the first thirty days of your accident. Don’t wait for a denial from the other vehicle’s policy. File your application right away.
Additional Compensation for Pain and Suffering
If your injuries are serious, you will be entitled to additional compensation for your injury claim if the driver of the offending vehicle is at fault for your accident. In New York State, it is sometimes tricky to determine if you suffered a serious injury under the law. Our legal system has a very complicated standard that needs to be established in order to prove that you have suffered a serious injury. That’s why it’s always a good idea to meet with a qualified Nassau County bicycle accident lawyer. Most lawyers can instruct you on our laws and help to gather evidence whether to help determine if your injury meets this harsh requirement.
What is more, you may have suffered a serious injury but are unable to communicate it with the other party’s insurance company on your own. And even if you are able to, you’re almost certainly going to receive a low ball offer. Attorneys on average obtain three times the money that an unrepresented party does. So it’s always in your best interests to obtain a free consultation to see where you stand.
Contact a Nassau County Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today
At Palermo Law, our Nassau County bicycle accident lawyers have been handling serious injury cases for over two decades. Our managing partner, Steven Palermo has litigated hundreds of accident cases. Many of them involving injured bicyclists. He personally oversees every case and always offers a free initial consultation at any of our seven locations throughout Long Island. We can even an arrange a hospital or in home visit for our Nassau County bicycle accident clients. So, feel free to call 24/7. We always look forward to hearing from you.