Bicyclists may be able to ride a little more safely through Midtown Manhattan when the city extends Sixth Avenue’s protected bike lane from Herald Square to Central Park. According to a news report in The Wall Street Journal, the route is part of 10 miles of protected bike lanes that will be added around Manhattan this year. Last year was the deadliest for bicyclists since Mayor Bill de Blasio launched Vision Zero, a street safety initiative, in 2014.
Protecting Bicyclists and Pedestrians
In 2019 alone, 28 bicyclists were killed in traffic collisions compared to an average of 16 in each of the previous five years. Midway through last year, as bicycle accident deaths surged, de Blasio announced a new initiative to improve bicycle safety that included accelerating the rollout of protected lanes to separate bicyclists from traffic. The city’s goal is to add more than 30 miles of protected lanes each year starting this year.
New York City has about 1,300 miles of bike lanes including 140 miles of protected lanes. Bicycling has become an increasingly popular means of transportation in the city. The city has focused a significant expansion of protected lanes in areas of Brooklyn and Queens where cyclists are often seriously injured or killed. This year’s expansion of the protected lanes in Manhattan will be the largest annual increase in the borough. The Sixth Avenue protected lane currently runs from Eighth Street to 35th Street.
About 2,500 bicyclists, on average, used that corridor daily during the daytime last year. After Herald Square, bicyclists are forced to maneuver around parked vehicles and merge with traffic. Officials say the extended lane won’t just protect bicyclists, but also help pedestrians. The city plans to add protected lanes in other parts of Manhattan. They include an extension of the northbound Central Park West route from 77th Street to 110th Street and a new two-way protected bike lane in Harlem on Fifth Avenue between 110th and 120th streets.
Injuries and Damages
When a larger vehicle strikes a bicyclist or a pedestrian, it is the pedestrian or bicyclist who may suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. Bicycle accidents have the potential to result in devastating injuries. Some of the common injuries sustained in these types of crashes include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, broken bones, amputations, internal organ damage, etc. These are all injuries that may require lengthy hospitalization and costly rehabilitation. They may also result in long-term disabilities that prevent individuals from returning to work or pursuing livelihoods.
Injured victims in such cases 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. It is important to remember that pedestrian accident victims may be able to seek compensation for injuries or losses in a collision even if they were not walking in a marked crosswalk.
Our law firm recovered the full one million dollar insurance policy for a girl who was not in the crosswalk when a motor vehicle hit her. In cases where victims are killed in bicycle accidents, families of deceased victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as loss of future income, medical expenses, funeral costs, pain and suffering, etc.
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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