A 29-year-old man was killed in early September while riding his bike along a stretch of roadway that has earned a bad reputation as a “speedway.” The man was riding down Oceanside Parkway at around 12:30 on the morning of September 10th when the fatal bicycle accident in New York City occurred. Reports from the scene state that a high-powered sportscar hit the man while he was in a crosswalk attempting to get across the busy stretch of street.
The man survived the initial impact and was taken to nearby Maimonides Hospital. Because of his severe injuries, he died shortly after arriving at the hospital. In a statement to media outlets, an NYPD representative said that while motorist claimed he was traveling with the green light, it could not be determined whether the driver was speeding at the time of impact. This vehicle has been associated with no fewer than five instances of speeding since June of this year alone.
This stretch of Oceanside Parkway has earned a bad reputation because of the number of cars traveling far over the posted limit. The problem has become exacerbated since the COVID lockdown began. One accident in the same area caused one car to go airborne because the vehicles were traveling at such an excessive rate of speed.
Pedestrians have the right of way when crossing the street at a crosswalk. However, they are expected to yield the right of way to vehicles that have the green light. Failure to do so does not automatically mean that the injured victim is out of court. Motorist are charged with the responsibility of seeing what is there to be seen. If a motorist is traveling at an excessive speed or is distracted or impaired, the motorist will share in the responsibility for the accident.
If you’ve been hit by a car that should have seen you, determining liability might be tricky. Contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney in New York City immediately. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212- 385-1122 right now.