Yet another bicyclist has been killed in a fatal bicycle accident in New York City. This time, a 30-year-old woman was riding along 3rd Avenue in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn when she swerved to avoid the opening door of a van. The bike tipped, the bicyclist fell into the travel lane, and an 18-wheel truck that was passing ran over her.
EMTs arrived on the scene within minutes and rushed the victim to a nearby hospital but she could not be saved.
The driver of the van and the driver of the tractor-trailer stayed at the scene of the accident and cooperated with NYPD investigators.
This tragic bicycle accident in Brooklyn shows just how dangerous “dooring” can be for an unprotected bicyclist. Sadly, when many people read about dooring accidents (crashes in which cyclists are struck by the doors of parked motor vehicles when the drivers fail to look behind them), they don’t realize that these types of collisions can cause more than a few bumps and bruises. Indeed, even when injured riders aren’t struck by secondary vehicles (as the victim was in this case), it can be just as fatal as smashing into a stationary door or being struck by a door being opened even while wearing even maximum protection (helmet, pads, proper clothing).
Unfortunately, doorings are one of the more common bicycle accidents in New York City. While they don’t happen as often as direct collisions with motor vehicles, these collisions can produce the same devastating injuries.
While these motor vehicle operators are not charged with crimes, these individuals can be held responsible for a bicyclist’s injuries for failing to exit their vehicle safely.
If you’ve been injured by a careless driver in NYC, contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney in New York City today. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, unpaid medical bills and lost time from work. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 today to get the compensation you deserve.