A hit-and-run driver who may have been chased by police struck and killed a bicyclist in the East Village the night of July 8. According to a Streetsblog.org news report, the 24-year-old delivery worker was crossing East Houston Street from south to north on his e-bike near Clinton Street when the driver of a black SUV slammed into him causing severe body trauma.
The driver fled and was last seen heading north on FDR Drive, police said. The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. Streetsblog.org posted the video of this fatal bicycle accident on its site clearly showing that the cyclist had the light and that the driver swerved around stopped traffic to run the red light and strike the bicyclist. After the crash, the driver is seen taking off at a high rate of speed as two police officers in an unmarked car pulled over to check on the victim.
Rise in Traffic Fatalities
NYPD is still looking into the circumstances of the chase and the fatal crash. The victim was a member of an undocumented workers’ rights group who recently won the Democratic primary to represent Park Slope in the City Council. This crash victim is the 14th bicyclist or e-bike rider killed in 2021. The Department of Transportation has begun classifying e-bike riders separately from bicyclists in a new category called “other motorized.”
This year New York is on pace for the most road deaths since Mayor Bill de Blasio’s term began in 2014. Through July 7, 128 people have died on city streets, up from 95 last year. Streetsblog.org describes the roadway of Houston Street as “a speedway in parts, thanks to two lanes of traffic for car drivers and a painted lane that is often filled with double-parked cars.
Injuries and Compensation
A number of bicycle accidents in New York City are still caused by negligent (careless) drivers. Bicycle accidents often result in catastrophic injuries or even death. 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.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, there are a number of steps you would be well advised to take in order to protect your rights. File a police report and make sure you get a copy of the report for your records. Your New York bicycle accident lawyer can also help you obtain a copy of this report.
It is important that you get prompt medical attention treatment and care for your injuries. This helps establish a record of the injuries that you suffered and the treatment you have received since. Make sure you preserve all documents including receipts of expenses and the records of lost wages. Contact an experienced New York bicycle accident lawyer who will help protect your rights and help ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your losses.
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 nearly 50 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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