The search continues for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a food delivery worker on an electric bicycle in Manhattan. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the man had spent the last seven months delivering pizzas during the coronavirus pandemic. The 42-year-old was on his e-bike with a delivery when an SUV driver collided with him at Second Ave. and East 97th Street in East Harlem, police said.
The delivery worker was in a protected bike lane when this fatal bicycle accident occurred. The driver drove a block downtown and abandoned the vehicle. The victim was transported to an area hospital, but succumbed to his injuries. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family members of the victim.
Bicyclists in Danger
The Daily News reports that the man immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 2000 and eventually made it to New York City. He was the 20th bicyclist to die this year on city streets. Last year, by this time, 27 bicyclists had been killed in traffic collisions. Reports also state that even before the pandemic began, bicycle accident fatalities nearly tripled in 2019 to 29 from 10 in 2018. This worker is at least the second food delivery cyclist to be killed in a hit-and-run in the last five weeks.
On Sept. 23, another delivery worker, also an immigrant, was struck by a driver along East 180th Street at Grand Concourse in the Bronx. In that case, the driver left the scene and was not arrested. Street safety advocates are demanding that the city do more to protect bicyclists and delivery workers. They say food delivery still remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the city due to the constant exposure to impatient drivers operating large vehicles.
In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a program called Vision Zero, which aimed to reduce traffic fatalities. He had also promised to bring 80 new miles of protected bike lanes to the city before he leaves office in January 2022. However, the city is expected to end up around 20 miles short of that goal due to budget cuts
Injuries and Compensation
The fact remains that a number of bicycle accidents in New York City are still caused by negligent (careless) drivers. Bicycle accidents often result in major injuries to riders such as brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, multiple broken bones or fractures and internal organ damage. 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.
If a hit-and-run driver has injured you, please remember that you can seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of your auto insurance policy (even though the driver has not been identified) or through a quasi-state agency if there is no motor vehicle in the victim’s household. 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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