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