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Alex Nocerino
Alex Nocerino, managing partner and personal injury lawyer at Chopra & Nocerino, LLP in Garden City, NY

Alex Nocerino is a founding partner at our firm and a successful trial lawyer with roots in New York. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice. He has helped injured individuals win hundreds of millions in compensation from large corporations, government entities, and wealthy landlords. 

With 18 years of experience, he has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2019 and has a five-star Avvo rating. He is a true New Yorker and a successful trial lawyer who is unafraid to go up against even the powerful and combative defendants.

Content Last Updated:   May 30, 2024

Cycling is a great way to get around New York City—it’s good for your health and lets you avoid pesky train delays. Unfortunately, sharing the road with cars can sometimes feel unsafe, and injury and crash statistics back this up.

Bicyclists are at high risk for injury due to collisions with motor vehicles. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bicyclists account for two percent of all people who pass away in a vehicle collision each year. In New York City alone, 4,676 bicyclists experienced injuries in collisions with motor vehicles in 2022.

It can be confusing and stressful to figure out your next steps after a bicycle accident injury. As a cyclist, you have an equal right to be on the road in New York. If a car hits and injures you, seek legal help as you navigate medical bills and insurance agencies. The New York bicycle accident lawyers at Chopra & Nocerino, LLP, are here to help. Our team of experienced accident attorneys has a long track record of advocating for bicyclists hit by a car and others who live through a devastating personal injury.

Can You Sue if You Were Hit While Riding Your Bike in New York?

You can receive compensation for your bike accident injuries in New York. If your economic losses are less than $50,000 and you did not sustain a serious injury, your vehicle insurance or the other driver’s insurance will pay.

Alternatively, you can sue if a vehicle hit you while riding your bike in New York and you sustained more than $50,000 in losses or suffered a serious injury. A cycling accident lawsuit can help you recover your economic, physical, and emotional losses. You don’t have to endure the pressure of recovery alone.

New York is a pure comparative fault state. This rule means that when someone is primarily responsible for their accident injuries, they can still sue the other party who was partly at fault. If your bike accident was 90 percent your fault and 10 percent the other driver’s fault, you can still sue for the 10 percent if your losses or injuries exceed the $50,000 or serious injury thresholds.

Why Hire Our Bicycle Accident Attorneys for Your Injury Claim?

After a bike accident, you should take the time to heal medically and emotionally. Your accident injuries might place a barrier between you and work and your ability to care for loved ones. Partnering with a bike accident attorney in New York after a motor vehicle collision lets you focus on what’s important.

Our bike accident attorneys can do the following:

  • Take over conversations with insurance companies: Depending on who’s involved in your accident, negotiations with your insurer and the driver’s insurer might be ongoing.
  • Take care of administrative tasks: Both insurance claims and lawsuits require substantial paperwork. You might have to submit medical records. You might also have to itemize your income and bills to show economic losses. This task can be a considerable burden during recovery.
  • Advocate for your interests: While trying to get back on your feet after a motor vehicle collision, you should be able to devote all your resources to recovery. Your attorneys can work to get the best settlement for you and will go to trial when necessary, relieving you of the burden.
  • Find expert medical care for your recovery: With the right experience and connections, your attorneys can help you find the best medical support. We will navigate the medical system to identify the professionals who can make a significant difference in your medical care.

Chopra & Nocerino, LLP, has experienced attorneys who know the NY court system. We are strong advocates for our clients inside and outside of a courtroom. As dedicated personal injury lawyers who work daily to help injured people, we always look out for our clients’ best interests. Let us take care of the paperwork and legal concerns so you can focus on what matters most: your health.

Is There a Time Limit To File an Injury Claim After You've Been in a Cycling Accident?

New York has a statute of limitations for bike accident claims, meaning you have limited time to start a legal proceeding. Because your case’s details determine the deadline, it’s a good idea to promptly contact a New York bicycle accident lawyer to discuss your options.

New York’s statute of limitations gives you three years from the accident date to file a negligence claim for personal injury, including a motor vehicle accident. But if you want to sue the government, you only have 90 days to file a notice of claim. You might sue the city if a street defect, including a pothole or incorrect signage, contributed to your bike accident.

Legal Options if You Were Injured in a Hit-and-Run Bike Accident

Unfortunately, the motorist who hit you doesn’t always stay at the scene, which can add to your stress after a bicycle accident. However, you can still receive compensation.

You can take steps to try to find the motorist. This process might require some legwork. A bystander who witnessed the accident might have cell phone video or pictures of the car or license plate. While you want to report the accident to the police and solicit their help, a skilled attorney also has the resources to track down the driver and protect your rights.

In New York, all motorists must carry uninsured motorist coverage. This insurance covers policyholders injured by hit-and-run drivers or those without the required insurance. If you get injured in a hit-and-run, your auto insurance policy also can provide compensation. If you don’t have an auto insurance policy but a household relative does, you can seek coverage under their policy.

Uninsured motorists coverage only provides compensation for your injuries. It doesn’t cover property damage or other losses. Because this kind of coverage is limited, discuss your bike accident with an attorney at Chopra & Nocerino, LLP, to learn about other legal options. Our firm offers a free case review, so you risk nothing by giving us a call.

You still have options even if neither you nor a household relative has insurance. You can file a claim with the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation, which was created under New York’s no-fault insurance laws to provide benefits to automobile accident victims injured by uninsured motorists.

There are strict time limits on filing a claim for compensation for your bike accident injuries in New York. Contact a New York bike accident attorney today while you have the most available options.

Get Started On Your Case Today - Call Us for a Free Case Review

The New York bicycle accident lawyers at Chopra & Nocerino, LLP, have a long track record of securing fair verdicts and settlements for clients. After experiencing a serious injury, don’t navigate the maze of insurance companies, government entities, and red tape alone. The team at Chopra & Nocerino, LLP, will go to bat for you.

Don’t delay. Find out how we can help. Contact us online today for a free case review.


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