New York City officials have sought to make streets safer by redesigning intersections and building more protected bike lanes that separate bicyclists from other vehicular traffic. According to a report in The New York Times, so far, this year alone, 25 bicyclists have been killed, which is 15 more than in all of 2018. It has also amounted to the highest number of bicycle accident fatalities in two decades in New York City.
So, New York is going even further to re-engineer streets that were once dominated by vehicular traffic. For the first time, traffic signals are being adjusted to give bicyclists the priority for green lights. Bicyclists who travel on average 10 to 15 mph on streets where the typical speed limit is 25 mph will now be able catch a wave of green lights and pass through intersections without having to stop. Drivers who go faster than 15 mph will hit red lights.
The “Green Wave”
This type of re-engineering has been called the “green wave” and is part of a global movement to make streets more bicycle-friendly. This seems like a much-needed move as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the number of bicyclists and pedestrians killed in the United States in 2018 reached its highest level since 1990. Other metros such as San Francisco and Chicago have also calibrated their traffic lights in favor of bicyclists.
These retimed signals help maintain a slower and steadier traffic flow and should reduce potential collisions say, for instance between a bicyclist and a car driver who races to beat the light at an upcoming intersection. The so-called green wave has already been introduced in Brooklyn where a majority of the bicycle accident fatalities (16 out of the 25) took place.
The traffic re-engineering has been operational on a nearly half-mile stretch of Hoyt and Bond streets since December and will be expanded to three more locations that have heavy bicycle traffic such as Clinton Street (Brooklyn), Prince Street (Manhattan) and 43rd Avenue (Queens).
Safety advocates say the green wave doesn’t just accommodate bicyclists – it prioritizes them. It makes it less stressful for bicyclists to ride alongside cars and ensures an even and more predictable travel speed for everyone sharing the road. As New York personal injury attorneys we sincerely hope that this new strategy will result in fewer accidents and fewer injuries.
Injuries and Compensation
Motorists have a responsibility to share the road with bicyclists. They have an obligation to be attentive and yield the right of way to bicycles just as they would to other vehicles, when appropriate. Under New York law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of other vehicles. Bicycle accidents tend to result in major injuries – including some that lead to fatalities. A victim who has suffered injuries in a bicycle accident may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault driver or other responsible parties for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. A family who has lost a loved one in a bicycle accident may be able to seek compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent or 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 48 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims. Our law firm 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 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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