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New York City bicycle accidents: Central Park death investigated

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

The New York Police Department is in the process of looking into a tragic accident that claimed the life of a 75-year-old man in Central Park on Aug. 3. New York residents may not think of bicycle accidents involving pedestrians as being fatal. Sadly, the jogger was killed in this case. So far, police have not filed any criminal charges, but the investigation is still underway.

According to the report, the victim was engaged in training for the upcoming New York City Marathon, running along East Drive in Central Park, when the accident occurred. Details of the crash were not included in the report, but it has been confirmed the man was struck by a cyclist and knocked to the ground. He suffered a head injury and was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead two days later.

Police did not issue a ticket or file formal charges against the cyclist and have not released his or her identity at this time. It is unknown if charges will be forthcoming as the investigation is still being conducted. It is also unknown whether the cyclist suffered any injuries as a result of the accident.

It is possible that New York authorities will find no reason to file criminal charges against the cyclist involved in this accident. However, the family of the deceased man may wish to pursue a separate lawsuit against the cyclist, which they are entitled to do in a civil court setting. Evidence that the cyclist’s negligent actions were a direct cause of the man’s death will be required if the family wishes to achieve financial redress for the tragic accident. While bicycle accidents of this nature are rare, the family retains the right to seek judicial relief.

Source: CBS New York, “Police Probe Accident With Bike That Killed Jogger, 75, In Central Park“, , Aug. 13, 2014

Source: CBS New York, “Police Probe Accident With Bike That Killed Jogger, 75, In Central Park“, , Aug. 13, 2014

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Fatalities in bicycle accidents don’t always involve vehicles

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Friday, August 15th, 2014

Many Manhattan residents enjoy jogging and cycling in Central Park rather than along the busy roads. However, a recent bicycle accident that allegedly caused the death of a jogger in Central Park underscores the dangers to which both joggers and cyclists are exposed. One commonly associates pedestrian and bicycle accidents with negligent vehicle drivers; however, this freak accident proves the association wrong.

A 75-year-old former physics teacher was jogging in Central Park on a recent Sunday as part of his training for a marathon. His wife joined him for the first five miles and then went home while he continued on his planned 18-mile run. It was reported that a cyclist, age 17, who was also out enjoying the fresh air, was riding in the cycling lane when he unexpectedly had to swerve into the joggers’ lane to avoid colliding with a pedicab.

The elderly jogger was allegedly knocked over, striking his head as he fell to the ground. He was taken to the hospital in an unconscious state. His condition did not improve, and he became comatose. This state lasted for two days before he succumbed to the head injuries he had suffered. The elderly jogger, who was also an enthusiastic cyclist, will be sadly missed by many.

Although this was an unusual bicycle accident, Manhattan residents who have lost loved ones in bicycle accidents that were caused by the negligence of another party may want to pursue recovery of medical and end-of-life expenses. By accurately documenting the negligence and successfully presenting a wrongful death claim in a civil court, the family of the deceased may receive monetary compensation to cover their damages. If deemed appropriate by state laws, the court may award additional damages that resulted from the tragic accident.

Source: New York Post, “Elderly jogger killed by cyclist was longtime physics teacher“, Gabrielle Fonrouge and Rebecca Harshbarger, Aug. 14, 2014

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Bicycle accidents claim another victim in New York

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Cyclists on the roads of this city flirt with danger every day. Bicycle accidents involving transit vehicles are so common in New York that the media rarely reports on any but the most serious cases. Sadly, one of these cases befell a citizen on the morning of July 24.

According to the accident record, an unidentified cyclist was struck by a New York City bus sometime around 9:42 a.m. The details of the crash are not widely understood at this point — it is not known whether the bus or the bicyclist had the right of way at the time of the accident. However, witnesses say the cyclist was dragged under the right wheel of the bus.

Medical personnel on the scene rushed the cyclist to a local hospital with injuries described as serious. New York police have not speculated as to whether inattention, recklessness or intoxication may have played a role in this accident. It is also believed the bus driver and any passengers on board the bus at the time of the crash were unharmed. No further information is available at this time, but the police investigation continues.

Unfortunately, bicycle accidents often result in serious personal injury or worse. While a bicycle typically moves slower than a motor vehicle, it does not afford the same protection from harm. In this case, if New York authorities determine the bus driver to be culpable for the accident, the injured cyclist may choose to file a personal injury suit against the driver and possibly also the driver’s employer.

Source: streetsblog.com, “Bus Driver Seriously Injures Cyclist on Hudson River Greenway“, Brad Aaron, July 24, 2014

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Bystanders help lift taxi off bicyclist after crash in New York

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Friday, July 11th, 2014

Usually when there is a news story about a bicycle accident, the story doesn’t have a happy ending. In most cases, the bicyclist suffers serious or fatal injuries, and there may be numerous other people involved in the wreck dealing with catastrophic injury. It’s just the nature of bike accidents — the bicyclist is inherently vulnerable and prone to serious injury, so when their vehicle is struck by a car, truck, bus or other motor vehicle, serious injuries are practically guaranteed.

This is why we wanted to write about the following bicycle accident story — because it at least has a semblance of a happy ending.

A woman was riding her bike in New York City recently when she was struck by a taxi. As a result of the collision, she was pinned underneath the car. In an act of heroism, a bunch of people near the accident gathered together and lifted the vehicle off the older woman. She suffered injuries, but she is expected to be okay.

It is so great to see a bunch of Good Samaritans getting involved to help an injured person like this. Hopefully the woman is able to make a full recovery.

Even though the message of this story is a great one, we are still dealing with a bike accident that left a person injured. These happen all the time, and often it is the driver of the motor vehicle at fault for the wreck. When this occurs, the driver can be held responsible in civil court.

Source: NBC New York, “Bystanders Rush to Lift Taxi, Rescue Bicyclist in NYC Accident,” July 1, 2014

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New York bicyclist killed in Wyoming after reckless decision

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

When a 59-year-old man from New York went out on a bike ride in Wyoming recently, he probably didn’t think it would end with a fatal wreck that would claim his life. But unfortunately that’s exactly what happened. The group of bikers was traveling down the road when the 59-year-old man decided to try to cross a street on his own. The bicyclist was struck by a vehicle during it’s cross, and the man died soon after the crash.

The police are not blaming the driver of the vehicle for the wreck, as they will not cite the driver because of the crash. They say the bike “turned in front of” the vehicle.

When it comes to bicycle accidents, we often talk about the role that the cars play in the wreck. Usually the drivers were not paying attention to the bicyclist or they were simply dismissive of the rules of the road. As a result, a bicyclist is seriously or fatally injured.

But what this story reminds us is that even though many bicycle accidents are caused by a motor vehicle driver’s negligence, there are cases where the bicyclist is actually the reckless one. Bicyclists need to do everything they can to protect themselves. They need to wear helmets; they need to respect motor vehicles out on the road; and most importantly, they need to respect the rules of the road. When a biker is hurt by another vehicle, the person responsible for that other vehicle should be held accountable if they are at fault. But at the same time, biker’s can’t go out riding negligently either.

Source: WKBW, “Western New Yorker Killed in Bicycle Accident,” Associated Press, July 1, 2014

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Social media can play key role in solving car-bicycle crashes

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Sunday, March 30th, 2014

For all of the hit-and-run accident victims and their families throughout the state of New York and beyond, coming to terms with an incident can be difficult when so many questions are left unanswered. Too often, serious and fatal bicycle accidents go either unreported or unsolved for the lack of evidence and/or eyewitness accounts. One woman will now be held accountable for causing a fatal hit-and-run bike accident now that the smart use of social media by law enforcement aided in her identification.

When law enforcement in Houston, Texas, faced difficulties determining who was responsible for causing the death of a 45-year-old bicycle rider, they turned to local news sources and Facebook for help. Police posted surveillance video footage believed to be connected to the incident online and ultimately received a sound tip that led to the arrest of the female motorist seen in the video.

The surveillance footage was viewed over 100,000 times and showed a woman driving away after pulling over to remove a damaged piece of her car. Investigators claim that the video shows what the female motorist did after she struck and killed a man riding his bicycle in the middle of the night.

Once she was identified as the suspect in the fatal hit-and-run case, the woman was arrested and charged with a felony count of causing an accident resulting in death. According to law enforcement and accident investigators, the use of social media was helpful in engaging the public and gaining invaluable insight into the case.

Source: click2houston.com, “League City woman arrested in hit-and-run crash,” Jennifer Bauer, March 19, 2014


According to official, victims at fault in bicycle accidents

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Many may agree that one of the things that makes New York City such a great place to live is that the transportation system is one of the finest in the entire country. In fact, the city is renowned for being pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, since more and more people are opting to use alternative forms of transportation to get where they need to go. And while bicycle use is becoming more popular as a reliable form of transportation for New Yorkers, some seem to oppose the idea as promoting safety for everyone on the road. One civic leader’s recent comments on bicycle accidents and their causes serve as an unfortunate reminder of setbacks that can arise when promoting road safety.

As one New York official pointed out recently, counties across the state have funds designated in their budgets to perform necessary road maintenance and repairs, helping to ensure that they are fit for bicycle riders and motorists alike. Committing resources to maintain safe roads and promote responsible driving habits also serves several purposes, as it is one way to encourage exercise and healthy choices in the community. The only issue is, however, that local authorities and legislators have to be committed to supporting alternative forms of transportation.

When a local high school student wrote his County’s legislator about the serious bicycle accident his mother was involved in, the official replied by exclaiming that bicycles did not belong on county roads. The lawmaker added that pedestrian and bicycle accidents could be avoided if individuals exercised inside instead.

Given that more organizations and civic leaders are increasing efforts to promote exercise and road safety in communities throughout the state, some may consider the discouragement of bicycle use counterproductive to the success of many programs.

Source: CBS New York, “L.I. Legislature’s Stance On Bike Safety Sets Off Social Media Backlash,” Feb. 17, 2014


Hit-and-run bicycle accidents can be especially painful

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Unfortunately for many accident victims, closure never comes. Thousands of hit-and-run bicycle accidents occur every year throughout the state of New York and around the country, and suspects too often fail to ever turn themselves in to authorities or offer any information about how or why the accident happened. While it does little to change the tragic events of Christmas Day for one family, one woman’s confession offers insight into the events that led to the death of a young man.

The 22-year-old man that died in the late evening of Christmas Day was riding his bicycle alongside his girlfriend when he was reportedly struck from behind by a vehicle. The force of the impact allegedly threw the man more than 100 feet, but the vehicle never stopped. Sadly, the bicycle rider succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the accident.

After gathering evidence from the accident site, investigators were reportedly able to identify the model of the vehicle involved in the fatal collision as a Mazda Protégé. An attorney allegedly contacted by a 21-year-old woman now identified as the motorist involved in the crash spoke with authorities the following day, after which point law enforcement interviewed the suspect.

It was ultimately determined that the investigators were correct about the model of the vehicle in the hit-and-run accident, and the young woman admitted to fleeing the scene out of fear. She now faces felony charges relating to death in bicycle accidents, since she turned herself in to authorities.

It is not stated whether or not alcohol may have been a factor in the incident, but the suspect did say she wasn’t looking at the road when she struck the bicycle.

Source: ktre.com, “Driver involved in the fatal Lufkin hit-and-run accident surrenders to authorities,” Gary Bass, Dec. 31, 2013


Accident claims the life of New York bicyclist

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Saturday, January 4th, 2014

In New York City, it is not uncommon to hear about bike accidents occurring. Because of the sheer number of bicyclists in the city, delivery bike accidents and other bike-related crashes are regularly in the news. More and more people are turning to bicycles as their major source of transportation. New York City has responded by continuing to improve bike lanes and encouraging drivers to keep on the lookout for bicyclists. Still, car-bicycle crashes can happen at anytime and with little to no warning. And bicycle accidents in New York are not limited to happening solely within the confines of the city. Every day, bicyclists are involved in accidents caused by the negligence of other people. For one man in upstate New York, his life ended after a car crashed into the bicycle he was riding.

The fatal accident happened in Canton County, New York. A 69-year-old man was riding his bike along a road when he was hit by a car. According to authorities, the driver of the car did not stop to render assistance to the bicyclist, and instead fled from the scene. Police also believe the driver was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident. The driver has been arrested and charged with several crimes, including second-degree vehicular manslaughter.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, you may want to contact an attorney to learn more about your options. There are attorneys in New York City who specialize in representing bike accident victims.

Source: North Country Now, “Rensselaer Falls man jailed following fatal bike-car crash in Canton Monday,” Dec. 24, 2013

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Bike lanes dont necessarily protect cyclists

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Friday, December 27th, 2013

For many, bicycles serve as much more than just another form of transportation. Thousands of New York residents look at bicycles as fun and convenient alternatives to cars, and actually prefer them to public transportation options. That doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that bicycle riders are any safer than other motorists on the road. Another life was recently taken on a road known for serious bicycle accidents, raising concerns over how and why the fatal incident occurred.

Mulholland Highway in Los Angeles County, California, has been the site of several fatal bicycle accidents in the past few years. And the entire county has seen an increase in bicycle rider deaths this year, as 34 have already occurred. The most recent of which involves a man known for his role in the early days of online file sharing.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and accident investigators reported that attorney and former Napster COO Milton Olin Jr. was riding his bicycle in the bike lane on a stretch of Mulholland Highway when he was struck by a Sheriff’s patrol car heading in the same direction. The force of the impact apparently damaged the windshield of the vehicle, and Olin succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the accident.

Investigators have apparently ruled out several possible factors in the fatal collision. It is noted that alcohol and speed did not contribute to the incident, and the patrol vehicle was apparently not responding to a call when it struck the cyclist.

The sheriff’s deputy involved in the incident reportedly required medical treatment for minor injuries sustained in the accident. In the days immediately following the fatal collision, investigators were still in the process of determining why the patrol car collided with the bicycle.

Source: Huffington Post, “Milton Olin Junior Dead: Former Napster COO Fatally Struck By Police Car,” Dec. 9, 2013.