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14-year-old boy dies in New York bicycle accidents

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

With heavy amounts of traffic in certain areas, many individuals choose other means of transportation. Bicycles are a common choice of travel for residents in New York who seek to avoid congestion on the roads. Safety is often a major concern in this area, with many bicycle accidents involving automobiles ending in serious injury or worse. A recent accident under similar circumstances claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy.

The young boy was riding his bike when a car making a left turn at an intersection struck him. He was rushed to the hospital shortly after, where he was pronounced dead. Police have initiated an investigation into the accident, and the intersection in question has reportedly been the scene of similar occurrences in the past.

Cyclists have the same rights to use the road as car drivers; however, they are not always easy for motorists to see, and failure to notice a cyclist on the road can end catastrophically. Many cyclists attempt to be cautious when in close proximity to traffic, but reacting to a fast moving vehicle can often be challenging. Traffic laws are in place to protect those who choose alternative means of travel, but their safety is often put at risk by negligent drivers. 

Families who lose loved ones in bicycle accidents often suffer in various ways. End-of-life expenses can be substantial, often resulting in significant financial burdens. If a driver is found to be at fault in an accident resulting in the death of another, the family of the victim may seek restitution through a wrongful death claim. When facing a similar situation, families in New York often speak with an experienced attorney for assistance in navigating the process.

Source: Miller Place, NY Patch, “UPDATE: Police ID Teen Bicyclist Fatally Struck By Car On Long Island“, Ryan Bonner, Feb. 24, 2017


Fatal bicycle accidents cause still unknown

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Many people that have been through it themselves can attest to the fact that a serious accident can happen in an instant. Often times, individuals might not even be aware of what happened and why, and it may not be until an official investigation is conducted that the offender is held responsible for their actions. And in the case of New York bicycle accidents, sometimes an exact cause is never determined. A tragic bicycle accident that occurred recently illustrates how difficult the investigatory process can be to understand what happened and why.

The fatal incident happened recently in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; though investigators were still in the process of collecting and reviewing evidence since any eyewitnesses had yet to be identified. According to reports, the body of the bicycle accident victim was discovered on the ground in an intersection in the early hours of a weekday morning. The identity of the accident victim has been determined, and investigators with the city’s homicide unit were asking that anyone with information about the victim or the accident come forward.

The homicide unit was involved in the investigation to determine how and why the bicyclist sustained fatal injuries. While bike accidents often involve other vehicles on the road, investigators claimed that they could not yet rule out an attack or other kind of accident.

Even though the cause of the accident was not yet known, medical professionals were allegedly able to confirm that the victim did die from the injuries he sustained in the incident.

Given that the accident victim did not survive, investigators may have a difficult time determining how and why the incident occurred. Furthermore, they may not be able to confirm who, if anyone, else may have contributed to the fatal event.

Source: al.com, “Tuscaloosa bicyclist dies after mysterious head injury, police still searching for cause,” Stephen Dethrage, Nov. 19, 2013


Some fatal bicycle accidents could be avoided with helmet use

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Friday, November 8th, 2013

Many children living in New York learn to ride a bicycle almost as soon as they learn to walk. Sadly, though, bicycles can be incredibly hazardous for young riders. Children are increasingly forced to play and ride their bikes near busy streets, placing them in dangerously close proximity to traffic and auto accidents. Fortunately, new evidence suggests that thousands of serious pediatric injuries and fatalities from bicycle accidents can be prevented every year with increased helmet use.

In 2010, it’s estimated that well over 500,000 people required emergency medical care as a result of injuries sustained on a bicycle. The figures also suggest that some 800 bicycle riders died that same year. And while such estimates are concerning, the Bike Helmet Safety Institute now believes that over half of all bicycle-linked deaths may be avoided with widespread helmet use. The Institute is now placing emphasis on young riders, who are especially vulnerable to serious head injuries and death.

For child riders from ages four to 15, bicycle helmet use could save almost 150 lives and prevent around 40,000 head injuries, according to the Bike Helmet Safety Institute. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently highlighted how serious the situation is for young bike riders with research that suggests that only a little more than 10 percent of older children treated for injuries were wearing helmets in Los Angeles, California. The countywide study surveyed over 1,000 children during a five-year period. Factors considered in the study included everything from the child’s gender to their ethnicity to their age.

Ultimately, it was determined that older kids and minority groups were the least likely to use helmets, and would therefore benefit the most from bicycle safety training. The mortality rate for child bicycle riders was the highest among those not wearing helmets.

Source: medicaldaily.com, “89% Of Children In Bike Accidents Do Not Wear Helmets, Upping Risk Of Traumatic Brain Injuries,” Justin Caba, Oct. 26, 2013


Major bicycle accident takes lives

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Bicycle riders throughout New York State and around the country may understand all too well how vulnerable they are on public roads. When people ride bicycles on their own time, they may feel especially subject to road conditions; that’s why many enjoy partaking in professional rides that provide extra safety and freedom for participants. Sadly, though, being surrounded by fellow riders does not necessarily ensure one’s safety. An entire community is mourning the loss of two bicycle riders that were recently killed in a tragic accident with a car.

Bicycle accidents happen every day across the nation and are increasingly common in some states. In New Hampshire, for example, cyclist fatalities are on the rise, and it’s estimated that the state ranks among the top five for these types of deaths. And while thousands of bicycle riders may be involved in a serious accident with another vehicle, participants of organized rides may not be much safer.

The Tri-State Seacoast Century ride was touched by tragedy recently, when two ride participants died and two others were injured in a collision with a car 15 miles into the ride. Those familiar with the event acknowledge that cyclists are forced to ride among other vehicles because the route is 100 miles long and spans three states. Though, it’s noted that the club sponsoring the ride prioritizes safety and had an increased level of law enforcement present for the event.

Even so, two riders were injured and two others were killed when a car allegedly crossed lanes and struck them head on. The accident investigation is currently underway and it appears that authorities are looking into the medical state of the driver that caused the accident. If she is found to have been under the influence at the time, charges may be filed.

Source: The Boston Globe, “Bicyclists in deadly N. H. crash shared bond,” Jeremy C. Fox, Sep. 23, 2013


Analyzing bicycle accidents for clues

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

Serious and fatal car accidents occur every day in New York and across the U. S. Multivehicle accidents can be extremely destructive; however, accidents involving pedestrians and/or bicycles often have catastrophic consequences. These types of collisions are typically more difficult to investigate and resolve because they involve different factors and injuries. That’s why law enforcement and other authorities are educated on how to approach bicycle accidents for further investigation.

Bicycle accidents produce different types of injuries and evidence. Because a heavy vehicle collides with a much lighter person and/or bicycle, the accident scene often displays few physical signs of a crash. With so little physical evidence to work with, law enforcement can have a hard time figuring out how and why the accident occurred. And given that so many car-bicycle crashes result in serious injury and/or death, it’s incredibly important to know who is to blame.

Fortunately, there are techniques that can be used to investigate a pedestrian or bicycle accident scene to determine culpability. For example, a vehicle that attempts to stop before striking a pedestrian typically dips in the front. That motion is known to result in injuries positioned lower on the victim’s body. Authorities can also estimate where a cyclist was hit by the location of their hat at the accident scene. Other interesting clues include the field of debris left by personal items and/or pieces of the car.

Police training was recently conducted in Albany, New York, to teach officers what signs to look for in these types of incidents. Various accident scenarios were replicated and officers were instructed on how to approach the little evidence that was available.

Such training techniques are crucial to ensure that reckless drivers are held accountable for their actions and the appropriate charges can be made.

Source: wnyt.com, “The art and technique of reconstructing car vs. bicycle, car vs. pedestrian accidents,” Steve Flamisch, Sep. 12, 2013

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Famous actress shaken up after New York bike crash

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The streets of New York are often busy and bustling with people who are in a hurry to get where they are going. In an effort to save time and money, some commuters may choose to ride bikes rather than attempting to park or drive a car through the crowded streets. Unfortunately, the crowded streets and busy lifestyle also make the environment prime for bicycle accidents, which can be a serious danger both to the bike rider and the pedestrians who happen to be in the way.

A photographer travelled a little too close to famous actress Nicole Kidman as she was coming out of a hotel in New York, knocking her down and shaking her up, although she was not seriously injured in the incident. The accident resulted in the actress falling and losing one shoe as she left the hotel.

According to witnesses, the photographer lost control of his bike after attempting to brake and failing to do so. The biker was given three citations by law enforcement officers for the accident including reckless endangerment, riding a bike with no helmet and riding a bike on the sidewalk. The actress had no plans to press charges.

Although many stars choose to live their lives in the limelight, the dangers of being famous are particularly obvious in situations such as these. Had the actress been seriously injured, the photographer may have been liable for any medical costs the she incurred because of the incident, regardless of whether or not she could afford to pay her bills on her own.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Nicole Kidman ‘OK’ but ‘shaken’ after being hit by bike paparazzo,” Nardine Saad, Sep. 13, 2013


Driver charged with drunk driving after running into bicyclists

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Bicycle accidents are never a good thing, but when an accident occurs between a bike and a car it can be even worse. Add alcohol to the mix and things often turn fatal. Many drivers in New York are cautious of bikes on the road, however, sometimes people act negligently or carelessly and don’t give bicycles the proper respect.

A man is being held on bail after authorities charged him with manslaughter in the death of a 52-year-old bicyclist. The accident occurred when the man allegedly veered out of his lane and onto the sidewalk where the cyclist was riding his bike. He has carrying his 15-month-old son in a Bike seat. The boy’s mother was also riding her bike and was hit by the truck as well.

According to court papers, the driver of the vehicle was intoxicated at the time of the incident. He claims that he had passed out after a having a coughing attack. According to statements from witnesses, the driver never attempted to stop or do anything to avoid the crash. Another witness stated that the driver appeared to be asleep.

If the driver of the truck is found guilty of manslaughter and driving while intoxicated the court could rule that he is liable for the death of the cyclist. He may therefore be ordered to pay restitution to the man’s family. This may be a good time for his family to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer who understands the intricacies of car-bicycle crashes.

Source: WCSH, “David P. LaBonte, driver in fatal Biddeford bicycle crash, charged with manslaughter, aggravated OUI,” Ken Christian, August 9, 2013

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Teenage bicyclist hurt in New York hit-and-run

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Thursday, August 1st, 2013

When a driver is involved in a hit-and-run late at night, it is perhaps possible to believe that the driver did not realize that he or she hit a bicycle rider. However, if the bicyclist is thrown onto the car roof, bangs with his fists, and yells at the driver, it does seem incredible that the motorist would continue to drive at top speed. In these types of bike accidents, a victim can suffer harm which could have been avoided if the driver had immediately halted and called for help.

An 18-year old man became a victim of a hit-and-run at approximately 1:50 a.m. while riding his bike home from his job at a pizza restaurant in Queens. As he crossed the street at a stoplight, he was hit by a black sedan that had accelerated in order to make it through the light. The impact of the collision threw the young man on top of the car where he screamed at the driver to stop. A witness watched in horror as the car continued to drive at a high rate of speed and then make a sharp turn in order to toss the teenager off the vehicle.

The young man is expected to recover from his serious injuries, and police have located a vehicle they believe caused the car-bicycle crash. Authorities are continuing their investigation of the case. In the meantime, the young man will incur hospital bills, medical costs, lost wages, and other monetary damages due to the negligent driver’s actions. Once a suspect is identified, it may be helpful for the teenager and his family to discuss the incident with a personal injury attorney. It can be possible to recover compensation from a person who recklessly causes a bike accident.  

Source: New York Daily News, “Queens, N.Y., hit-and-run driver speeds away with bicyclist on roof, flinging him off,” Joe Stepansky, Alfred NG and Joe Kemp, July 24, 2013 


2 injured as taxi cab hits pedestrian in NY

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

With the volume of traffic and density of people in New York City, accidents are simply a reality of life. Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists alike must take care to stay safe in order to prevent accidents and personal injuries to themselves and to others. While many accidents are minor and do not result in any injuries, many times people do get hurt and require medical treatment.

Recently, a taxi accident in Midtown sent two people to a local hospital for injuries sustained as a result of the crash. Two taxi cabs hit each other, apparently after one of the taxi cabs ran a red light. The collision sent one of the cabs onto a nearby sidewalk. The cab hit a pole and a man that was standing on the sidewalk with his wife and children. The pedestrian and one of the cab drivers were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. The wife and children were not injured in the accident.

Taxi accidents on New York City streets, like any car accidents or bicycle accidents, must be taken seriously. This latest incident is being investigated further by law enforcement authorities. The accident occurred in the late afternoon on a weekday.

In the event that you are injured in an accident, it can be wise to speak to a personal injury attorney. Learning your rights can be the best way to protect yourself and receive the compensation that you may deserve, including payment for your medical expenses and more.

Source: WABC-TV New York, “Pedestrian struck by a cab in Midtown accident,” July 15, 2013

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NYC police increase diligence in pedestrian and bike collisions

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Bicycle Accidents on Sunday, July 7th, 2013

When you hear about car accidents, bicycle accidents, taxi accidents or more on the streets of New York City, you likely do not think twice about the use of the term “accident” to describe the situation. However, by its very nature, the word “accident” implies that no fault or potential criminal element is to be found with any party. Sometimes an accident truly is just that—an accident—unavoidable and without clear fault on the part of anyone involved. Yet many other times, an accident has definite responsibilty that can—and should—be identified.

New York’s newly renamed Collision Investigation Squad, previously known as the Accident Investigation Squad is increasing efforts to reduce an increasing trend of deaths as a result of motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians or bicyclists. The responsibility of car drivers to help provide safe passage for those on foot or bikes is taking center stage in the city.  

As part of the name change, the team will have new expectations as to when and how promptly they begin investigations into collisions. The goal of the changes on the part of New York City police staff is to more efficiently and effectively identify and capture suspects in vehicle accidents, especially for those involving injury or death.

Walking or bicycling the streets of New York City can be a great way to get around but it is not without its hazards. Knowing our rights and being prepared before an accident is always helpful. If you or someone you know do happen to be a pedestrian or bicyclist involved in an accident with a car, it can be a good idea to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source: The Car Connection, “’Accident’ or ‘collision’: Why don’t drivers get jailed for killing pedestrians?” Richard Read, June 27, 2013