There’s no denying that city streets are dangerous for cyclists. In spite of all the safety measures put in place, the number of bicycle accidents in New York City has not decreased. Distracted, careless, and inconsiderate automobile operators cause a majority of all bike/car accidents. These drivers should be held liable for the injuries and fatalities on the city streets.
One new blog aims to shine a spotlight on the danger that inconsiderate and careless drivers represent by “outing” or “shaming” drivers who crowd cyclists, park in protected bike lanes and drive in or cut across lanes reserved for cyclists. The blog was created by a cycling safety advocate Marc Climaco as a way to push back against the political pressure mounting for the removal of bike lines. A few New York City politicians have relied on erroneous opinions to conclude that bike lanes actually crowd streets and are likely to cause bicycle accidents in New York. However, a surprising amount of data collected from various studies all over the country shows that protected bike lanes actually decrease the risk to bicyclists (and drivers). Publicizing reliable data plays an important part in public education-one of the most crucial components of creating a bike-friendly culture here in New York City.
In the event of an accident, bicyclists are well advised to document the facts of the accident by getting the names of eyewitnesses and photograph the vehicle and bicycle to show the points of impact. This evidence will be critical to establish who was at fault for a bicycle accident in New York if the injured party attempts to recover monetary compensation for their injuries. In addition, New York City bicycle accident attorneys often advise their clients to avoid repairing their bicycles or replacing equipment as the damage can be presented as evidence in the case.
If you’ve been injured in a collision with a motor vehicle, it’s important to have an experienced New York City bicycle accident attorney on your side. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 today.