In recent years, there has been a nationwide resurgence of cycling as a means of convenient transportation. This trend has exploded throughout Queens and the rest of New York City. Cycling provides an inexpensive, convenient, and environmentally friendly alternative to driving, cabs, and public transportation. However, cycling in NYC is not for the faint of heart. Traffic in this city is hectic and congested, and there is a high risk of being injured or even killed in a bicycle accident.
Many drivers fail to stay aware of cyclists and fail to show them the same respect they would show other motorists. When a cyclist gets injured or dies because of someone else’s negligence, it’s important to hold that party liable for the damages they’ve caused. Cyclists are just trying to get from point A to point B like everyone else, and they deserve to feel safe on our city’s streets.
Fatal Cyclist Accidents Are On The Rise In NYC
Between 2015 and 2016, cyclist deaths in New York City jumped 25%. In the same period, overall traffic fatalities actually fell by 5%.
Many of these accidents involve cyclists who were obeying rules of the road. A report by Gothamist notes the story of 35-year old Matthew von Ohlen, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver even though he was riding in a designated bike lane. It’s important that these negligent drivers face civil penalties, and if appropriate, criminal ones as well.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal bike accident, we can only imagine the pain you’re going through. But taking legal action against those responsible can hold them accountable and demand better safety standards for other cyclists, so other families don’t have to go through the same pain.
Common Cycling Accidents In Queens
It’s important for all cyclists to stay alert of potential hazards they may encounter on the road. However, even careful cyclists get injured in accidents caused by the recklessness of others.
Common accidents which are caused by negligence include:
- Getting “doored” when a parked motorist fails to check their rear-view mirror before opening their door
- A pedestrian wonders into the street and a cyclist collides with them
- Accidents with aggressive taxi cab drivers
- Reckless drivers causing accidents by disregarding traffic laws
- Accidents on potholes and poorly maintained city streets
These are just a few of the most common bicycle accidents. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a cyclist, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your options for seeking compensation. While you may be suffering physically, you shouldn’t be forced to suffer financially because of someone else’s careless mistake.