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Teen Bicyclist Killed in Brooklyn Car Door Dooring Accident

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A 16-year-old boy was killed in a bicycle accident in Brooklyn after being run over by a box truck. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the teen was riding north on 17th Avenue near 53rd Street in Borough Park when he attempted to swerve out of the way of a door that was being opened from a parked black SUV. Police said the teen hit the door and was thrown from his bicycle. He was then run over by an Econoline box truck.

The driver of the truck, which belonged to a plumbing company in Borough Park, was visibly shaken and said he did not see the teen on the roadway, the Daily News reports. A 29-year-old witness said emergency personnel tried to resuscitate the victim, but were not successful. He was rushed by ambulance to an area hospital, but succumbed to his injuries. The driver remained at the scene. No arrests were reported. The investigation is still ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family members for their tragic loss.

How and Why Do Bicycle Dooring Accidents Occur?

Bicycle dooring incidents are sadly common in New York City. These types of deadly accidents occur because of the negligence (carelessness) of a driver who opens a car door without looking at who’s approaching. When the door suddenly opens in the path of a bicyclist, the bicyclist does not have sufficient time to react. As a result, he or she hits the open car door. This impact in itself may lead to a number of horrific injuries that can permanently disable the victim.

As New York personal injury attorneys, we have seen many cases similar to this Brooklyn bicycle accident where the rider gets thrown off their bicycles and fall into the path of oncoming traffic. The drivers then don’t have enough time to react and run over the fallen bicyclist. These types of dooring accidents where the bicyclist is thrown onto the roadway often result in fatalities. They may also cause disabling injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, internal organ damage, etc.

Liability Issues

Under New York State Vehicle and Traffic law, Section 1214, vehicle occupants are prohibited from opening the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless it is “reasonably safe” to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic. Vehicle occupants or others are also prohibited from leaving a door open on the side available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.

In such cases, the at-fault parties can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. A family that has lost a loved one in a bicycle dooring accident will be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation as well.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle dooring accident or if you have lost a loved one in such an accident, 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.

Our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses for over 47 years. 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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Source: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/ny-teen-bicyclist-hits-car-door-run-over-in-borough-park-brooklyn-20190516-sscz4h6cbbarhijn2zcmqbh7la-story.html

Elderly Woman Struck and Killed by Taxicab in Lower Manhattan

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A woman was fatally hit by a yellow taxicab in downtown Manhattan the afternoon of May 18. According to an NBC news report, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Center and Broome streets. NYPD officials say the woman was walking in a marked crosswalk when the cab that was trying to make a […]

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Worker Critically Injured in Brooklyn Construction Accident

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A worker suffered life-threatening injuries in a Brooklyn construction accident after officials said he plunged 10 feet onto a concrete floor while working on an unfinished stairwell. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the worker who suffered major head trauma, was using a long crowbar to pry loose a wooden plank […]

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Six People Killed in New York City’s Deadliest Fire Since 2017

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Six people, including four children, were killed in an apartment fire that ripped through a Harlem building. According to a report in The New York Times, officials said the fire started on the kitchen stove of a three-bedroom, fifth-floor apartment and quickly engulfed it. None of the six occupants in the apartment survived their injuries, […]

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Woman’s Leg Severed in Manhattan Pedestrian Accident

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A 42-year-old woman lost her leg after an electric vehicle spun out of control and crashed into her, pinning her to a utility pole. According to a WABC news report, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Murray and West Street in Tribeca when the driver of a Smart Car reportedly attempted to make […]

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New York City Construction Accident Injuries and Fatalities Are on the Rise

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Construction has become the deadliest job in New York City with statistics showing that accidents, injuries and deaths are on the rise. According to a CBS2 news release, last month thousands gathered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to mourn 16 workers who died this past year in construction accidents. Three workers died in the month of […]

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Broken Escalators Are Becoming a Common Sight at NYC Subway Stations

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Subway commuters in New York City are increasingly noticing broken escalators that cause them to walk up and down several flights of stairs. According to a news report in The New York Times, these are not isolated incidents. Escalators across the system are becoming less reliable and were available 92 percent of the time last […]

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These Three Important Factors Can Affect the Severity of a Pedestrian Accident

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Pedestrian accidents claim thousands of lives each year in the United States. New York City’s busy streets and intersections also tend to be treacherous for pedestrians. 2019 has been off to a bad start when it comes to traffic accidents. Fatalities on New York City’s streets are on pace to increase this year for the […]

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Four People Killed in Crane Collapse at Google Campus in Seattle

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A large construction crane collapsed on to a busy downtown Seattle street, killing four people. According to a USA Today news report, the tragic incident occurred Saturday afternoon when the construction crane, which was operating at a construction site on Google’s campus crashed onto Mercer Street. A Seattle Pacific University student who was in a […]

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Midtown Manhattan Bicycle Collision leaves Pedestrian with Head Injury

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A 67-year-old woman was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident after being struck by a bicyclist, who officials say, blew through a red light. According to Gothamist.com, the pedestrian was in a crosswalk at West 57th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues when the bicyclist hit her. She was rushed to an area hospital with […]

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