A midday bicycle accident in Manhattan sent a young woman to the hospital after she was run into by a dump truck. The 27-year-old victim was riding a Citi Bike along Seventh Avenue in Midtown around 11:30 in the morning when she was struck by the truck. Witnesses who saw the collision said that the truck was attempting a right turn when it ran over the cyclists, leading investigators to believe this might be a case of a driver failing to yield.
Failure to yield accidents are one of the most common types of bicycle accidents in New York City. Drivers involved in these crashes often report not even seeing the injured cyclist before the collision. While large commercial trucks like dump trucks do have blind spots in which bicyclists and pedestrians can “hide,” it is still the driver’s legal responsibility to yield the right-of-way when turning if a pedestrian or bicyclist is already in the intersection.
Indeed, the victim in this latest accident seemed to know the driver was at fault. Media reports say the woman was repeatedly yelling that she had the right-of-way and asking the driver what he was thinking.
Emergency crews responding to the truck accident in Manhattan found the victim partially trapped beneath the vehicle. They were able to extricate her and rush her to a nearby Bellevue Hospital. One man who watched the rescue said that it was clear she had serious wounds to at least one of her legs, including a compound fracture with exposed bone. She is expected to survive but there’s no way to tell how long her recovery will be of if her injuries will have any lasting effects.
If you’ve been struck by a distracted or careless driver while riding your bike anywhere in the city, contacting an experienced bicycle accident lawyer in New York City is the best way to get every penny of the financial compensation you deserve. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 today to schedule your free consultation.