It’s not just flour and toilet paper that are hard to find in these times. You can add another to the list of items in shortage because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a report in The New York Times, the United States is facing a shortage of bicycles as anxiety over public transportation and a desire to exercise have sent the demand soaring.
Unprecedented Sales Nationwide
The Times reports that some bicycle shops in Brooklyn are selling twice as many bicycles and also drawing a large number of customers who have to wait in line to shop. It’s not just a New York City trend, but one that is evident nationwide. A chain of stores in Phoenix is selling thrice the number of bikes it typically does and a retailer in Washington D.C. sold all of its entry-level bicycles by the end of April and has taken more preorders than ever in its 50-year history.
In March, the sales of bicycles nationwide as well as equipment and repair services nearly doubled compared with the same period last year, according to N.P.D. Group, a market research company. During the same month, sales of commuter and fitness bikes increased 66%, leisure bikes increased 121%, children’s bicycles went up 59% and electric bicycles rose 85%. Now, the Times reports that the nation is facing a severe bicycle shortage as global supply chains, which have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, scramble to meet this unprecedented surge in demand.
This increase in sales has come after several states have issued stay-at-home orders that have temporarily curtailed daily life. This new reality has also transformed the role of bicycles into something more essential including a safer alternative to public transit as the nation gradually begins to reopen. In April, New York announced it would temporarily open 100 miles of roads to pedestrians and bicyclists. Oakland plans to shut down 10% of its street to cars during the pandemic while Seattle said it would permanently close 20 miles of roads.
Potential for Bicycle accidents
With this significant increase in bicycle traffic, one cannot rule out the potential for more bicycle accidents. According to data compiled by The New York Times recently, in New York City alone in 2019, 124 pedestrians and 28 bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents. More than 10,000 pedestrians and 4,000 bicyclists were injured in spite of attempts by the current city administration to make streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. With a growing number of bicyclists taking to the streets since the coronavirus outbreak, the number of accidents has risen by 31 percent as of March 22. As bicycle traffic increases, it is important for New York City and other cities to invest more in bike lanes as well as other traffic measures that enhance safety for bicyclists.
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. 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 48 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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