A woman was fatally injured in a bicycle accident in Brooklyn the morning of July 29, pushing the fatality count in the city this year to 18. According to a CBS New York news report, the 30-year-old bicyclist traveling near 35th Street and Third Avenue in the Greenwood Heights section of Brooklyn, swerved to avoid a car door that was opening and went into traffic where she was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer. The woman was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital. No charges have been filed in this case yet.
Dangerous Streets for Bicyclists
Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that it is against the law to open a car door into the path of a cyclist. “Our lives are in each other’s hands,” he said on Twitter. “We must act like it.” He also added that rising bicyclist fatalities are “a crisis” in New York City. Bicycle advocates say the area where this particular accident happened is a deadly corridor. Ellen McDermott with Transportation Alternatives told CBS that Third Avenue is a street that has eight lanes for cars and none for bikes.
The danger, she said, is compounded by the Gowanus Expressway overhead and the poor visibility at intersections caused by the elevated highway’s support structures and land beneath where people store cars and trucks. McDermott added that it is hardly surprising that drivers indulge in dangerous behavior because “this corridor belongs to the cars” and those who ride bicycles do so at their own peril.
This most recent fatal bicycle accident took place just a few blocks away from the location where another bicyclist was killed in a dooring accident. Alarmingly, 13 of the 18 fatal bicycle accidents this year occurred in Brooklyn. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families.
Bike Safety Plan
The tragic spate of bicycle accident deaths prompted Mayor de Blasio to unveil a new “Green Wave” bike safety plan last week. The $58 million plan would essentially create more protected bike lanes and expand bike lanes in 10 priority districts in Brooklyn and Queens, which have seen the most number of bicycle accidents. One part of the plan in the pilot program is to adjust the timing of green lights so that all traffic can pass through one light after another. The speed limit in those zones will be set at 15 mph, de Blasio announced.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
Victims who have been injured in bicycle accidents are 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, or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle 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 47 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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