New York City: A Dangerous Place for Cyclists
As our city grows more crowded, people are realizing that perhaps New York City is a dangerous place for cyclists. People find riding their bikes to work and around town is a much more efficient method of transportation. While this may be true as it saves money and provides exercise for the rider; it is remains a very dangerous way to travel. What is interesting however, is the fact that while there are so many deaths very few drivers are actually held responsible for the accidents.
According to the New York State DMV, there have been thousands of pedestrian and bicyclists injuries in the past years, and not even 100 of the drivers responsible for the accidents were cited for reckless driving. In New York City between January and June this year there have been over 7,000 accidents involving a car and a pedestrian or cyclist, 79 of them being fatal. In 2011, reports show that there were over 6,000 crashes with 57 deaths in this city alone.
What is so frightening about these statistics is that the bicyclist is always the one who receives the more severe injuries or even dies from the impact of the car. The DMV shows that out of the many cyclist deaths, not one driver was killed or and very few were injured. While riding a bike is a great way to get around in the busy city, it is dangerous for many different reasons. First because there is much less protection when you are on a bike as opposed to riding inside a car. Second, because many people are not willing to take responsibilities for their driving errors. It is not uncommon to hear that an individual who has been severely injured in a bike accident receives little or no help from the driver who was responsible.
Bicycling accidents are caused by a variety of reasons. Perhaps a driver was distracted while texting or they were eating in the car. What if a driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol the time that you were hit? Even a failure to pay attention to their surroundings could lead a driver to getting in an accident. New York City studies show that out of all of the accidents involving vehicles and bike or pedestrians, 60% of them were because of illegal driving and another 27% of the accidents were caused by a drivers not yielding. Whatever the case may be, it is very possible that the accident wasn’t your fault which is why contacting a personal injury attorney to discuss your case right away is so imperative! By calling our firm you can schedule an appointment to discuss your situation, or you can fill out an online free case evaluation to hear back from our team shortly.
Is this you? Have you been injured while riding your bike in the busy city? Did you lose a loved one in a cycling accident and have yet to see justice served? Are you dealing with funeral bills and lost wages after their death? If so, don’t wait another moment to contact a trusted and experienced New York City personal injury attorney at Greenberg & Stein. No person deserves to be injured or killed at the hands of another individual, if this has happened to you or a loved one, call us today to fight for what you deserve after the incident. In the event of an injury, medical bills and other expenses can quickly add up. Perhaps you were forced to take a lot off of work; in that case you may be struggling with lost wages as a result of the injury. For some, bicycles are their only method of transportation, and worrying about paying for repairs can be overwhelming on top of the injuries. It is our job as a firm to see to it that you are able to recover from the incident, and we will seek the monetary amount that you and your family deserve.
No matter how severe the accident and it resulting injuries were, after being hit by a car, it is important that you know you have the right to take legal action against those responsible. Whether you were hit by a car, big rig truck, or city bus, you have the right to fight for compensation for your injuries or to file a wrongful death claim. At Greenberg & Stein we understand how difficult this time may be which is why we are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help our clients fight for the compensation that is rightfully theirs. While some injuries may never be completely healed, and lost loved ones will never be brought back, we can fight for compensation to help make the transition a bit easier.
Any person on the road is called to proceed with caution. Whether you are driving a car, a bike, or you are walking down the streets to work, New York City is a dangerous place and we each play a part in the safety of others. However, there are many circumstances in which individuals are injured as a result of another person’s negligent driving, and when this happens, contacting an attorney is a vital step to take. At Greenberg & Stein we are committed to the people, and we will put forth the necessary time and effort to help you. You don’t have to be the victim any longer, call our firm today and we will fight for the compensation that you and your loved ones truly deserve after an accident!