It’s no secret that there are a shocking number of bicycle accidents in New York City every year. However, most of those involve adult riders being struck. One sad accident last year claimed the life of an eleven-year-old boy. The child was riding his bicycle along a portion of Town Line Road in the Village of Sagaponack on Long Island when he was struck by a pickup truck backing out of a construction site.
EMTs were summoned and arrived within minutes. They rushed the victim to a nearby hospital but doctors couldn’t save him. He passed away shortly after arrival.
The driver of the pickup stayed at the scene of the accident and cooperated with police investigators. It’s unclear where exactly the boy was struck (the street, the sidewalk, within the jobsite) but in the eyes of the law, it doesn’t matter much. Drivers, under New York traffic laws have what is described as a “duty of care” to protect pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists. Part of that responsibility is yielding to pedestrians and bicyclists and being aware of your surroundings.
While this case seems like a tragic accident without any malice, the victim’s parents or guardian could potentially sue for financial compensation associated with the loss of their loved one. Such a claim would help them pay for unpaid medical expenses, funeral costs, and pain and suffering for time the boy survived after the accident.
Many people see lawsuits as a punitive measure, however, in accident cases like this, such personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits are more about helping the victim’s family recover unpaid medical and funeral expenses and as the law permits obtaining a rightful recovery for the boy’s pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured while riding in NYC, you need an experienced bicycle accident lawyer in New York fighting for you. Call The Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation today.