A bike accident in New York City in early October ended in an arrest and criminal charges being filed against the driver involved. Two cyclists were injured at a bike rally on October 6th around 7 PM when a young man operating a motor vehicle unexpected accelerated and ran through a cluster of cyclists. In the chaos that ensued, the driver sped away from the scene of the crime, leaving a pile of twisted metal and bodies in the street.
One of the injured cyclists refused treatment at the scene. The second, a 19-year-old woman, was taken to a nearby hospital with a possible broken foot, bruising, and lacerations. While she is recovering, she will have to undergo rehabilitative treatment, including physical therapy and will undoubtedly will miss time from work.
While hit-and-run accidents are often hard to resolve, this incident occurred when there were multiple witnesses and multiple electronic devices around. Police quickly had a description of the vehicle, the driver, and the passenger and were able to round up the offenders quickly. The driver, an 18-year-old man, is now facing multiple criminal charges including assault and leaving the scene of an incident.
Regardless of those criminal charges, the injured individuals can seek financial compensation as well through a civil lawsuit. Such lawsuits would enable the victims to recover for pain and suffering and lost time from work. The victims are also eligible for no-fault benefits from the insurance for the car that struck them which will pay for all health-related expenses and part of their lost wages. An experienced attorney can help these accident victims navigate through the myriad of paperwork and identify the names of the at fault parties and the insurance company for the offending vehicle.
If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver while riding anywhere in the city, contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney in New York City as soon as possible. The legal team at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for a free consultation.