In New York City, if it seems as if there are an inordinate number of stories about bicyclists being hit by an automobile, suffering serious injuries and dying, it is no mistake. Bicyclists and pedestrians have grown more and more at risk in recent years. This is ongoing despite law enforcement and legislators seeking ways to make the roads safer for everyone to share them without worrying about a collision. Still, the accidents are continuing to a troubling degree and those who are affected should remember they have rights.
An elderly Brooklyn man died as he rode his bicycle and was hit by a minivan. The rider, 87, was at an intersection in Midwood when a Cadillac hit him from behind. The accident occurred at around 10 a.m. The driver, a 36-year-old male, stayed at the scene. Emergency crews arrived and brought the elderly rider to the hospital. He was in critical condition and later died. Investigators suggested that the rider went through a red light, but witnesses contradicted that story, saying the vehicle came from nowhere. The driver was given a field sobriety tests. The investigation is continuing.
When there is a crash between a bicycle and an automobile, the rider will inevitably get the worst of it. There can be head trauma, broken bones, back injuries, cuts and more. Given the absence of protection for bicyclists – even those who are wearing protective gear – there is a likelihood that the accident can be fatal. People who have been hurt or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident must know that they will deal with lost income, lost companionship, funeral costs and more. A legal filing is frequently the main strategy to be adequately compensated.
There have been 27 bicycle fatalities in New York in 2019. In Brooklyn alone, there have been 17. This is a significant rise from the 10 who died in bike crashes in 2018. The accident involving the elderly man is the latest one. As the investigation continues, the man’s family should be protected. A law firm with experience in bicycle and pedestrian accidents involving a fatality should be called for representation.