Improper Maintenance or Defective Citi Bike May Result in Compensation
In 2015, there were 53,987 bicycle related accidents and 234 fatalities in the five boroughs. Bicycle accidents in the five boroughs occur due to the following:
- Lack of bike lanes;
- Struck by a vehicle;
- Hit by a car door;
- Defect in the road;
- Blocked bike lane;
- Debris in the road;
- Improper maintenance of Citi Bikes; and
- Defective Citi Bikes.
Citi Bikes across New York are posing an increased risk of danger to riders as a result of the company’s alleged failure to adequately maintain the bicycles. In certain instances, a person may file a claim against Citi Bike to recover damages for his or her injuries. Citi Bike has a duty to properly repair and maintain the bicycles. The failure to do so may result in life-threatening injuries to a rider. Here, a person may file a claim under the theory of negligence, which asserts the following:
- Citi Bike owed a duty to the plaintiff to properly maintain the bicycles;
- Citi Bike breached this duty;
- The breach caused the accident; and
- The plaintiff suffered injuries as a result of the breach.
In addition, if a person is injured, due to a bicycle defect, he or she may be able to pursue a product liability claim against the manufacturer. To be successful with a product liability claim in New York State, a person must prove the following elements:
- An injury or loss occurred;
- The bicycle had a manufacturing or design defect or failure to provide an adequate warning label;
- The bicycle caused the injury; and
- The bicycle was used as it was supposed to be used.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of an improperly maintained Citi Bike or a defective Citi Bike, you may be entitled to compensation. Goldberg Sager & Associates is experienced in dealing with all aspects of personal injury and product liability cases and is dedicated to helping clients achieve the best possible outcome for their case. Contact the personal injury and product liability attorneys at Goldberg Sager & Associates at (347) 497-3245 for a free phone consultation.