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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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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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New York City pedestrians at risk of accidents with bicycles

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

According to a recent study, at least 500 pedestrians are struck by bicyclists each year in New York City alone. This is more than half of all pedestrian accidents involving bicycles in all of the state of New York.

Researchers suspect that there are actually many more accident victims than this number because the report only analyzed hospital data. The research did not take into account people who were injured but did not go to the hospital. Such victims may either not have sought medical treatment or went directly to their primary care doctor or to an urgent care clinic.

The research was funded by the widow of a New York City victim of a wrong-way bicyclist. She says she is not against bikes, even though a cyclist caused her husband’s wrongful death. Instead, she was interested in the information so that she could use the data to push for increased enforcement and education of laws pertaining to bicycles.

She is particularly concerned about preventing accidents such as the one that resulted in her husband’s death. In that regard, this woman is hoping to implement a road-safety pledge among restaurant delivery workers. In the end, however, she is primarily concerned with reducing the number of pedestrian-bicycle accidents.

Although it does appear that bikers are improving their safety, with New York City’s bike-sharing program, there is increased concern about people riding bicycles without knowing the basics about where they are going, the laws of the roads and even the language.

Of course, there are scenarios in which pedestrians actually cause accidents, such as when they are not paying attention. Perhaps, pedestrians need to be educated as well. However, the bottom line is that pedestrians have the right of way, and New York bicyclists must always be alert to their presence.

Source: New York Daily News, “East Harlem is the most dangerous part of New York for Bicyclists, new study finds,” Tracy Connor, Sept. 19, 2011

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Drunk driver crashes into group of 100 bikers

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

There seems to be a constant struggle between bicyclists and motorists in New York City. Motorists often view bikers as getting in their way and slowing down the flow of traffic. Bikers can legally ride in the right lane of traffic, but it can feel unsafe for them when motorists drive too closely to them.

Recently, bikers’ fears were justified when a drunk driver drove through a group of about 100 bikers. Eleven bicyclists were injured by the accident, and at least one of those riders was critically injured.

According to accident reports, the car turned onto the road from a blind corner and crashed into the group of cyclists. Because there were no skid marks, it was difficult to determine how fast the car was driving. However, a few bikers confirmed that the woman was talking on her phone before the accident.

After turning the corner, she allegedly slowed down, before speeding up and slamming into the group of bikers. Several bikers went flying through the air, and at least one rider was dragged under her car. Even after driving into the pack of bikers, the driver did not slow down.

The driver was arrested for drunk driving, and she is currently in jail on a $15,000 bail.

The group of bikers was taking part in a weekly midnight ride. The group rides often attract more than 50 people. Because there is less traffic, it is easier for large groups to stay together. However, the riders are also more at risk for getting hit by drunk drivers. One rider stated, “If you’re [riding] at 2 in the morning, that’s when all the DUI drivers are likely to be out.”

Although this group was lucky that the car-bike accident did not cause any fatal injuries, the close call is alarming. The accident also does nothing to help improve the already tense relationship between bikers and motorists.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, “Driver crashes into pack of Los Angeles bicyclists,” Robert Jablon, 16 June 2011

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