Citi Bike Rider Killed in Manhattan Truck Collision

Citi Bike AccidentA 32-year-old Citi Bike rider was killed in a bicycle accident in Midtown after he was struck by a beer delivery truck. According to a report in the New York Post, the driver of the beer truck was heading east on West 50th Street when he made a right onto 11th Avenue striking the bicyclist. NYPD officials said the truck’s driver remained at the scene and no arrests have been made pending an investigation. We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the deceased victim for their tragic loss. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Streetsblog reports that the victim, based on the New York City Department of Transportation’s (DOT) statistics, is the 11th bicyclist to die on city streets so far this year. While that number is down from 17 during the same period last year, it is still well above the average of five bicyclist deaths in the Vision Zero era. The DOT also said that 49 pedestrians have been killed this year so far, which is the second highest since 2016.

Accidents Involving Delivery Trucks

Delivery truck accidents are often caused by driver negligence (carelessness) that is associated with a number of factors, including:

  • Speeding: Drivers may exceed speed limits or drive too fast for road conditions, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Fatigue: Long hours of driving without adequate rest can lead to driver fatigue, impairing reaction times and decision-making.
  • Distracted Driving: Using cell phones, GPS devices, or other distractions while driving can divert attention from the road.
  • Improper Loading: Overloading trucks or improperly securing cargo can affect vehicle stability and increase the likelihood of accidents.
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Laws: Ignoring traffic signals, signs, or right-of-way rules can lead to collisions.
  • Impaired Driving: Operating a delivery truck under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal and significantly increases accident risk.
  • Inadequate Training: Insufficient training in vehicle operation, safety procedures, or defensive driving techniques can contribute to accidents.
  • Poor Maintenance: Neglecting regular maintenance and inspections of trucks can result in mechanical failures that cause accidents.
  • Aggressive Driving: Tailgating, sudden lane changes, or road rage behaviors can escalate into accidents.
  • Inexperience: Inexperienced drivers may lack the skills to handle large trucks in urban environments or challenging road conditions.

Steps to Take After a Delivery Truck Accident

After a truck accident, it is essential for victims to prioritize safety and take immediate action. First, check for injuries and move to a safe location if possible. Call emergency services (911) to report the accident and request medical assistance as needed. Seeking medical attention promptly, even for seemingly minor injuries, will help ensure proper evaluation and documentation. Exchange contact and insurance information with the truck driver and any other involved parties. Gather evidence by taking photos of vehicle damage, the accident site, and any relevant road conditions.

Collect witness contact details to help support your account of the incident. Notify local law enforcement about the accident, particularly if there are injuries or significant property damage. Contact your insurance company to report the accident and initiate the claims process. Immediately contact a lawyer experienced in handling personal injury or traffic accidents, particularly collisions involving delivery trucks to understand your legal rights.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

Injured victims of delivery van or delivery truck accidents can seek compensation from at-fault parties for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families that have lost loved ones in truck accidents can seek compensation for damages such as lost future income, medical and funeral costs, pain and suffering, etc.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a van/truck accident or pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.

For over 52 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. We recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and $2,000,000 in a hit-and-run accident, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.

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Sources: https://nypost.com/2024/06/08/us-news/nyc-crashes-leave-1-dead-cars-wrecked-cops/

https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2024/06/07/11th-bike-rider-of-the-year-killed-on-congested-11th-ave