A car struck and critically injured a pizza delivery worker in a bicycle accident on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the 21-year-old driver behind the wheel of a gray Honda sedan was going west on Delancey Street when he hit the bicyclist. The victim was riding south on Columbia Street where the underpass of the Williamsburg Bridge divides the road.
Paramedics took the bicyclist, who officials say was a man in his 40s, to a local hospital. His condition has been described as critical. The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene, but returned later and surrendered to the police. The driver has been charged with assault, reckless endangerment, and leaving the scene of an accident with a serious injury. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured bicyclist. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Other Accidents Involving Delivery Workers
Back in November, a 42-year-old pizza delivery worker was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on the Upper West Side. That victim was riding his bike south on 2nd Avenue when a driver heading west on East 97th Street hit him. Paramedics who found the man lying in the roadway with injuries transported him to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
In June, a 24-year-old pizza delivery worker was killed after he was struck by a driver at Willis Avenue and East 138th Street in the Bronx. In that incident, the worker died from severe head and bodily injuries. In these cases, the delivery workers were immigrants who were helping support their families by holding down these jobs during the pandemic. In recent weeks, pizza delivery workers have also been subject to muggings, beatings and robberies.
According to data compiled by The New York Times, which was published in March 2020, in New York City alone in 2019, 124 pedestrians and 28 bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents. More than 10,000 pedestrians and 4,000 bicyclists were injured in spite of attempts by the current city administration to make streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists
Negligent Drivers and Liability
A number of bicycle accidents in New York City occur because of drivers who are distracted and/or not paying attention to traffic conditions including the presence of bike lanes. Drivers have a duty of care to everyone on the roadway including bicyclists and bicyclists have the same rights on the roadway as drivers of other vehicles. Bicycle accidents have the potential to result in catastrophic injuries or even fatalities and may cause lifelong disabilities that prevent victims from earning a livelihood.
Victims who have been injured in bicycle accidents may be able to seek compensation 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. Families of deceased bicycle accident victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as lost future income, funeral costs, medical expenses, pain and suffering, etc. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to guide you through what can quickly become a complex process and help you maximize the compensation you receive.
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 (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 49 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. 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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