Carling Mott, 28, was killed in a bicycle accident on the Upper East Side after a large truck hit her Citi Bike. According to a report on Streetsblog.com, Mott was cycling westbound along East 85th Street the morning of July 26 when she fell off the pedal-assist bike at the intersection of Madison Avenue. That is when a 2017 Great Dane tractor-trailer, which was also traveling westbound, struck her.
The truck had stopped at a traffic light leaving very little room against a line of parked cars. The driver had just started moving at the green signal when Mott rode between the truck and the cars. Streetsblog reports obtaining video, which is “inconclusive” about whether Mott fell independently of being struck by the truck driver.
Mott, who lived on East 84th Street, was taken to an area hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. The truck driver remained at the scene and was not charged. We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the victim for their tragic loss.
Bicycle Accident Injuries and Deaths
Mott is the 12th bicyclist killed so far this year in the city. Transportation Alternatives, a traffic safety and advocacy group, has put out a statement criticizing the city for failing to make roadways safer for bicyclists. The group criticized the city for not building adequate crosstown protected bike lanes in the Upper East Side neighborhoods.
According to the city’s own bike map, there are no protected cross-town bike lanes on the Upper East Side or Upper West Side. As a result, crashes are more common. This year, according to
Streetsblog reports that in the 19th Precinct, which covers the Upper East Side between 59th and 96th streets, there have been 769 crashes this year — amounting to nearly four per day and injuring 65 bicyclists and killing two.
Transportation Alternatives also said that City Council District 4, which includes the Upper East Side, is the second-most dangerous district for people biking over the past two full years with 455 bicyclists injured and three killed. Following this most recent fatal bicycle accident, city council members have called for immediate safety improvements, including the installation of protected bike lanes.
Injuries and Damages
Victims injured in New York bicycle accidents may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. An experienced New York personal injury lawyer will be able to guide victims’ families through what can be a complex legal process.
In cases where negligence (carelessness) has been involved, families of deceased bicycle accident victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of future income, pain and suffering, and loss of care and companionship.
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 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.
Pedestrian accident victims and their families should also remember that they can seek compensation for injuries or losses in collisions even if the victim was not walking in a marked crosswalk and even if the driver involved in collision was not charged. 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.
For over 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 $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.
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