Elderly Man Seriously Injured in Long Island Bicycle Accident

Bicycle Accident LawyerEdward Gallagher, 77, of Wading River, was severely injured in a Long Island bicycle accident after he was struck by a vehicle the afternoon of May 13. According to a report on Riverheadlocal.com, the collision occurred on Route 25A in Wading River between East Wind Drive and Hulse Landing Road. Responding officers determined that a vehicle that was traveling west on Route 25A hit the bicyclist who was going in the same direction.

Gallagher sustained serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital. The driver of the vehicle, a 29-year-old woman, remained at the scene and was interviewed by police. The New York State Police Accident Reconstruction Team responded to assist with the investigation. Anyone who witnessed this major injury bicycle accident is asked to contact Riverside police at 631-727-4500. Our thoughts and prayers are with injured victim, and we wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Different Types of Bicycle Accidents

While bicycle accidents can vary widely in their nature and causes, many tend to involve driver negligence (carelessness). Understanding these different types of accidents is crucial for developing effective safety measures and increasing awareness among cyclists and motorists.

  • Side-swipe collisions: These types of accidents happen when a vehicle passes too closely to a cyclist and end up striking them with the side of the vehicle. These collisions are often caused by drivers not giving enough room when passing bicyclists. Education on safe passing distances and stricter enforcement of passing laws can help mitigate such accidents.
  • Intersection accidents: Intersections are high-risk areas for cyclists. Accidents here can occur due to reasons such as: miscommunication between drivers and bicyclists, failure to yield, running red lights or stop signs, or simply failing to notice the bicyclist. These accidents can involve bicyclists being hit from the side, front, or rear by vehicles making turns or crossing paths.
  • Rear-end collisions: These types of accidents involve a vehicle hitting a bicyclist from behind. These are particularly dangerous due to the high likelihood of serious injury. Distracted driving, impaired visibility, and high speeds can contribute to these incidents.
  • Right hook: The right hook occurs when a vehicle overtakes a cyclist from the left side and then makes a right turn, cutting off the bicyclist’s path. Bicyclists can be caught off-guard and have little time to react, leading to crashes.
  • Left cross: A left cross happens when an oncoming vehicle turns left across the path of a cyclist traveling straight. These accidents often occur because drivers fail to notice the cyclist or misjudge their speed.
  • Dooring accidents: One of the most common types of serious injury collisions involving bicyclists is the “dooring” accident. This occurs when a parked car’s door is suddenly opened in the path of an oncoming bicyclist. The bicyclist often has no time to react, leading to a collision that can result in serious injuries.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident or pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) driver, the experienced 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. 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 $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.

We also obtained $295,000 out of a $300,000 insurance policy in compensation for the victim of a bicycle dooring accident (where a car door opens into the path of a bicyclist). 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.

Please contact us TOLL FREE 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). WE CAN EVEN COME TO YOU. There is no attorneys’ fee unless we recover money for you. We can also help with personal injury, lead poisoning and medical malpractice cases including, brachial plexus palsy (Erb’s palsy) and cerebral palsy cases in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.

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Source: https://riverheadlocal.com/2024/05/14/cyclist-struck-by-vehicle-seriously-injured-monday-afternoon-in-wading-river-riverhead-police/