A devastating bicycle accident in the East Village earlier this month sent a cyclist to the hospital suffering from critical injuries. The 31-year-old woman was riding along First Avenue early on the morning of April 5th when she was struck by a delivery truck. EMTs arrived within minutes of the accident and were able to stabilize the victim, Kelly Hurley, and transport her to nearby Bellevue Hospital. Reports show she suffered head and body trauma during the collision.
She was initially listed in critical condition but, days later, succumbed to her injuries.
Motor vehicle accidents in New York City are all too common-especially those involving pedestrians or bicyclists. While bicycle accidents don’t typically end in a fatality, these accidents can easily result in a serious injury to the bicyclist. Motor vehicles have blind spots and can have trouble stopping in time to avoid the impact. Sometimes drivers don’t even know they’ve hit someone until eyewitnesses react.
In this case, the driver did stop and stayed on the scene until investigating officers from the NYPD arrived. There has been no word on whether he will be facing criminal charges for his role in this latest deadly bicycle accident in New York. To date he has not been arrested.
Motor vehicle drivers in New York City’s crowded streets have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely and always be wary of pedestrians and bicyclists.
Beside the lawsuit a bicyclist may have for pain and suffering, one important fact to keep in mind is that under New York’s no-fault law, the injured bicyclist will be able to apply for no-fault benefits from the insurance company for the motor vehicle which will pay for hospital and medical bills along with $1,000 per month for lost wages.
If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver while riding your bike in the five boroughs, you need a New York City bicycle accident attorney on your side. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and more. Contact the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 immediately.