Serving Bicycle Accident Victims in Buffalo, New York
Injuries on bicycles are all too common. Unfortunately, some motorists do not appropriately share the road. In fact, many drivers don’t realize that they must yield to bicycles the same way they do to other motor vehicles.
Many bicycle accidents occur because drivers don’t see bicyclists. Others happen because drivers don’t give bicyclists the necessary room.
Quite often, negligence is the root cause of accidents like these. You see, when the driver of an car fails to keep a proper lookout and an accident results, that driver’s behavior is negligent. And, because bicyclists don’t have the bubble of protection offered by an automobile’s passenger compartment, they are often seriously injured or sometimes even killed due to reckless drivers.
If you or someone you love was the victim of a bicycle accident, reach out to the Buffalo Bicycle Accident Lawyer at Feroleto Law at 716-854-0700. We are ready to go to work for you immediately, helping you to get the settlement you deserve.
Why Choose Feroleto?
Our Bicycle Accidents Lawyers Are Well-Prepared to Help You
The injuries resulting from bicycle accidents can be serious. The resulting physical and emotional damages are often life-changing, and the cost of medical care can be considerable.
Also, recovery time can be long. Many bicycle accident victims cannot return to work immediately, and some may never be able to work in the same capacity again.
When your bicycle accident was the result of the negligence of another driver, you may be able to recover substantial damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit. At Feroleto Law, our team is well-versed in this area. We have the experience, approach, and commitment you need to positively impact the process.
Choosing the best firm to represent you is an important decision. When you engage the Buffalo bike accident lawyers at Feroleto Law, you get the benefit of our:
- Considerable Experience: Our firm has been in business for nearly 40 years. During this time we have successfully prosecuted many bicycle injury cases. We are well-versed in New York state personal injury law, know how to prove negligence, and have developed a reputation for successfully managing cases like this.
- Tailored Approach: While experience is key, our bike injury lawyers understand and know that no two cases are identical. The circumstances surrounding each accident are unique; they must be taken into account in order to reach a successful conclusion. We also appreciate the toll accidents like these take on their victims and their families, so we take the time to communicate sympathetically and patiently to understand your situation and respond to all of your concerns. You can rely on us to explain how the legal process will work and to manage your case.
- Commitment to Success: When we accept your case, we fully commit to a successful resolution. In fact, we offer all of our clients a “no fee guarantee”: if we don’t win, you don’t owe us compensation. (Disbursements may or may not be waived, based on fee charged, per NY State regulations.) We assume your goals as our own and fight tirelessly to achieve them.
Have you suffered an injury while riding your bike? If so, contact us at 716-854-0700 and schedule a free consultation today.
How Our Buffalo Bike Accident Attorneys Can Help You
We Handle the Entirety of the Legal Process — You Focus on Your Recovery
Bicycle accidents are traumatizing. Contemplating your medical recovery can be frightening; the thought of engaging in a lawsuit is often simply overwhelming. This is where we add value. The team at Feroleto Law will spearhead the legal process on your behalf, while you focus your attention and energy on your recovery.
When you engage us you can expect our bike accident lawyer to:
- Conduct a thorough investigation of your bicycle accident, reviewing police records, interviewing witnesses, securing and evaluating medical records to best advocate for you.
- Complete all necessary legal forms and paperwork and submit them in accordance with the statute of limitations.
- Identify all of your expenses.
- Negotiate with all insurance companies to maximize your settlement.
- Bring a lawsuit, if necessary, to ensure the compensation you receive is appropriate based on the expenses related to your accident.
Personal injury law is technical, complicated and time consuming. We are experienced, dedicated and have a proven record of success. We are ready to assume responsibility for your case and manage it from start to finish.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Bicycle Injury Lawsuits
Feroleto Buffalo Bike Accident Lawyer Provides the Answers
Being in an accident with a motor vehicle is always incredibly disturbing. That said, when you are riding a bicycle, the impact can be even more overwhelming. The difference in size of the vehicles, combined with the lack of protection on a bicycle, is startling. It is not surprising that those in this position find themselves with a host of questions regarding the legal process. Below, our Buffalo bike accident lawyers have shared some of the questions most frequently asked, as well as their responses to them.
If I am in a bicycle accident in Western New York, what should I do?
First, seek appropriate medical treatment; your well-being should always be your priority. Also, make sure you file an accident report with the police. Keep track of how you feel and follow your physician’s recommendations. Take pictures. Finally, contact a Buffalo bike accident lawyer as soon as possible.
How long does my bike accident attorney have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
In New York state, the statute of limitations (CPLR 214(5)) is in many cases 3 years from the date of the accident. However, there are exceptions which shorten the time to bring a lawsuit. Examples include accidents involving a city or municipal vehicle, some busses, the wrongful death of a loved one, and other circumstances. That is why you should talk to a Buffalo bicycle accident lawyer, as soon as possible.
I received a call from an insurance company; they want to offer me a settlement. What should I do?
Refer them immediately to your Buffalo bike accident lawyer. Do not provide them any additional information other than our contact number. We will manage all communications on your behalf.
How will my bicycle injury lawyer prove negligence?
Your bike accident lawyer will prove four things to show negligence. These include that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that that duty was breached, that the breach caused your injuries and that the injuries resulted in damages. At Feroleto Law, our team of skilled personal injury lawyers will help prove your case.
I may have been partially at fault for the bicycle accident. Does this mean I cannot collect damages?
No. New York is a comparative negligence state, which means it considers contributory negligence, so you can still collect. However, the percentage of fault assigned to you by the judge will reduce your settlement. Your bike accident lawyer can explain this further.
How much will my settlement be?
The specifics surrounding your accident will determine your compensation. You should be able to be compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages and lost future income, temporary or permanent disability, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. Damages are segmented into economic and non-economic. In some cases (your bike injury attorney can elaborate), punitive damages may also be appropriate.
How much is your fee?
Our Buffalo bike accident lawyers offer a “no-fee” guarantee. This means that if we don’t win, you don’t owe us any compensation — there will be no legal fees. (Disbursements may or may not be waived, based on fee charged, per NY State regulations.)
We hope the information shared above is valuable to you. Our bike injury lawyer will be able to provide more specific information regarding your case once we learn the details of your situation. Contact us today at 716-854-0700 to arrange a confidential free consultation.
Bicycle Accidents in Western New York
Bicycle accidents with motor vehicles in Western New York occur quite frequently. Some of the common causes of them include drivers who:
- Do not properly share the road
- Do not obey traffic signals
- Fail to yield the right of way
- Do not treat bicycles as they would other vehicles
- Text while driving
- Speed and/or drive recklessly.
Sometimes a combination of these issues causes an accident.
Because of the size and weight differences between a bicycle and an automobile and the lack of protection afforded to bike riders, injuries from accidents are often serious, and sometimes cause loss of life. Among the most common injuries are:
- Cuts and scrapes (including road rash)
- Broken bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
This list of physical injuries is often compounded by severe emotional distress, pain and suffering. Bicycle injuries may require long-term care — they can be life-changing.
Necessary treatment and care can be expensive. If your injuries were the result of negligence, you may be eligible for compensation.
Feroleto Law Bicycle Accident Attorney Is on Your Side
Contact Our Bicycle Accident Lawyers Today
The aftermath of a bike accident is complicated. The stress associated with your physical and emotional recovery, combined with that related to filing a lawsuit, can simply be too much to handle. This is where we come in. Our bicycle accident lawyers know exactly how to proceed. We can help you establish your case, secure no-fault medical benefits and lost wages, and give you time to recover.
Call us today at 716-854-0700 and schedule a free consultation. We appreciate that time is of the essence and are ready to go to work for you immediately.
Attorney John Feroleto
Attorney John Feroleto understands the value of hard work. He is known in the community and by his peers for his willingness to work and go the extra mile. Other lawyers often ask John to handle their trial matters to maximize clients’ recovery. Trial lawyers know who the best trial lawyers are. He was also named Trial Attorney of the Year in 2012 by the Western New York Affiliate of New York State Trial Lawyers Association. [ Attorney Bio ]