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Bicyclist suffers serious injuries in crash with car

With the warm weather summer brings, there will be more people in Staten Island who are using it to their advantage to walk, jog and ride bicycles rather than use a motor vehicle. While this saves money, helps people to stay fit and is environmentally friendly, bicyclists can still suffer catastrophic injuries when they are hit by a car. Since bicyclists are increasingly vulnerable due to the sheer size disparity between a person on a bike and an automobile and the lack of protection bicycles have, any injuries bicyclists suffer can negatively affected them for an extended period, if not the rest of their lives.

An accident between a car and a bicyclist sent the rider to the hospital. The accident happened in the morning after 9 a.m. Emergency personnel were called to investigate and help the bicyclist, a 32-year-old man who was critically hurt. According to the investigation, the vehicle was a BMW driven by a 30-year-old man. He was making a right turn and went into the path of the bicyclist. The bicyclist hit the vehicle and suffered critical injuries in the crash. The driver stayed at the scene. The bicyclist was hospitalized. The investigation is ongoing.

With a bicycle accident, there can be broken bones, spinal cord damage, brain injuries and other long-term issues that will leave a person a shell of what he or she was before. It can hinder the ability to live a normal life, relegate them to needing assistance to perform even the most basic tasks, and render them unable to work a normal job. Even if there is a full recovery, there will still be a litany of medical bills that must be paid. Insurers will likely make an offer to avoid having to deal with the legal case, but that offer is rarely sufficient to adequately compensate the injured person. A successful lawsuit can maximize what the injured person receives and help them with the future.

A bicyclist who was going straight ran into a turning vehicle and was critically hurt. While this accident highlights the need for drivers to be cognizant of bicyclists, it is still all-too common for these crashes to happen. People who have suffered serious injuries in a bicycle accident should make certain they understand what they are up against and consider a legal filing to be compensated for the damages they suffered.

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