A horrific bicycle accident in New York earlier this month claimed the life of an unidentified man as he was riding through Brooklyn. The cyclist was passing through the intersection of Avenue P and East 12th Street when two cars collided next to him. In the aftermath of that initial collision, the bicyclist was struck by one (or possibly both) of the vehicles and killed. Just last month, another pedestrian was struck and killed by two vehicles while crossing the street.
NYPD reports show that a driver behind the wheel of a Honda Accord headed westbound on Avenue P failed to stop at a red light. The car crashed into an Infiniti sedan and ultimately caused the fatal bicycle accident in Brooklyn. The cyclist died at the scene and both drivers were taken to local hospitals. The driver of the Honda, identified as 26-year old Eduard Nikham, was arrested shortly after and charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs.
Residents who live in the neighborhood say the intersection is dangerous and that distracted drivers speed through it all the time. One woman, speaking to the local ABC news affiliate, told reported that she doesn’t dare cross the street because of the danger.
Unfortunately, the victim of this cycling accident in Brooklyn was simply an innocent passerby. Regardless of the criminal charges filed against the at fault driver, the surviving family members of this fatal bicycle accident victim can sue for financial compensation for hospital and funeral expenses, and lost financial support. Non-fatal accident victims can sue for unpaid medical expenses, lost wages along with pain and suffering for their injuries. Under New York, regardless of fault, bicyclists may also obtain no-fault benefits for medical bills and lost wages from the insurance company for the automobile involved in the accident.
If you’ve been injured in bicycle accident in New York City, contact a professional New York City bicycle accident attorney at the Law offices of Nussin S. Fogel today. Call 646-736-2777 or 212-385-1122 to learn your rights.