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Pedestrian, Bicycle & ATV Accidents
Central New York and Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers
Pedestrian, Bicycle & ATV Accidents
Central New York and Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers
While many injuries suffered in car accidents are very serious, drivers at least have the benefit of being protected by the safety mechanisms in their cars. Air bags, seat belts and the steel structure can protect a driver from harm. But pedestrians and bicyclists don’t have these protections. As a result, they often experience serious personal injury when involved in collisions.

If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, the team of experienced trial attorneys at The Stanley Law Offices can help. With a main office located in Syracuse, New York, we’re dedicated to helping accident victims receive full and fair compensation for their injuries — even the most serious injuries, such as head injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), back injuries and lost limbs.
ATV And Snowmobile Accidents
Our law firm also represents people injured in accidents on recreational vehicles, like motorbikes, ATVs and snowmobiles. While more and more families are discovering the thrills of riding ATVs and snowmobiles, many are discovering the dangers involved as well. These accidents can cause serious injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries, and even death. Tragically, nearly 20 percent of all fatal ATV accidents involve children less than 16 years old.

There are many factors that may cause an ATV or snowmobile accident. Drinking is often involved in these types of accidents, and we’re dedicated to holding drunk drivers and operators accountable for the harm they cause. Damaged or defective machinery may also be the cause. We thoroughly investigate the true causes of your accident and help you take action accordingly.
Injuries Incurred in NY Pedestrian and Bike Accidents

Pedestrians lack any type of external protection. As a result, they often suffer severe or catastrophic bodily injury or even death in pedestrian accidents. Bicyclists often suffer serious injuries, even when they are wearing a helmet. At Stanley Law Offices, we have successfully represented clients who have suffered a wide variety of serious injuries in pedestrian and bicycle accidents, including the following.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

Traumatic brain injuries can occur in any type of accident, but they are widespread in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Traumatic brain injuries range from concussions to severe brain injuries that result in life-altering symptoms. It only takes one forceful blow to a person's head to inflict serious damage. When vehicles collide with pedestrians or bicyclists, the victims can fly into the air and slam their heads into the hard asphalt, causing a brain hemorrhage. 

Traumatic brain injuries can cause headaches, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, sleep problems, dizziness, loss of coordination, difficulty speaking, anxiety, and depression. Depending on the traumatic brain injury’s severity, the victim may need to undergo surgery and extensive rehabilitation. Some traumatic brain injury victims must move into assisted living facilities and receive ongoing care around the clock.

Bone Fractures

Bone fractures are also common in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Pedestrians and bicyclists often fracture their wrists, hands, arms, legs, shoulders, or backs in accidents. In some cases, the motor vehicle will roll over the victim's leg or torso, causing serious organ damage and dangerous compound fractures in which one or more bones puncture the skin. Serious bone fractures can cause long-term problems. In some cases, victims never regain their full mobility, and amputation could be required.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Car accidents are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States. Every year, thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians suffer spinal cord injuries and accidents. Even when a bicyclist is wearing a helmet, their neck or back becomes broken in an accident. When the spine becomes injured, the victim can suffer partial or complete paralysis or even death. Victims may not be able to move below the part of the spine that became damaged. Bicyclists and pedestrians may suffer a traumatic brain injury and a spinal cord injury, making them unable to care for themselves.

At Stanley Law Offices, our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you obtain the most compensation possible in your case. We will advocate for you and take an aggressive approach to your bicycle accident case so you can obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Damages Available in NY Pedestrian, Bike, & ATV Accidents 

Injuries caused by bicycle, pedestrian, and ATV accidents can be overwhelming. If someone else is responsible for your bicycle accident, you should not have to pay for all of your expenses on your own. Under New York law, you have the right to demand compensation for the cost and damage is associated with your injuries. New York courts can award compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages include any expense you have incurred due to your injuries, such as:

Compensation for lost past and future income
Past and future medical bills and expenses
Lost income and wages 
The cost of rehabilitation, including physical and occupational therapy
Costs associated with living in an assisted living facility
Costs associated with in-home medical care

Successful plaintiffs are also entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering caused by their injuries. They can recover compensation for emotional distress and the loss of enjoyment of life. When victims become scarred or permanently disfigured, they can request compensation. Finally, when defendants act egregiously, courts can choose to impose additional punitive damages as a warning to potential defendants who might engage in similar behavior.

Contact a Syracuse Pedestrian, Bike, & ATV Accident Lawyer 

If you have been involved in a bicycle or pedestrian accident in New York, you need an experienced lawyer on your side. Contact Stanley Law Offices today to schedule your free initial consultation to learn how we can fight for your right to compensation. 

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