A man was killed late last month when he was struck by an MTA bus while riding his bicycle in Brooklyn. The deadly bus accident in New York City happened on April 29th at around 4:30 in the afternoon in the northbound lane of Rogers Avenue in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. Reports from the scene state that the cyclist-a delivery rider-was struck while making a left turn onto Clarendon Road.
Social distancing and quarantine requirements in place during the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak here in the United States have indirectly contributed to a dramatic increase in the number of bicycle accidents in New York City. Indeed, with the incredible decrease in the number of people using mass transit and avoiding ridesharing and taxi cabs for fear of spreading the virus, the number of people who have begun to use alternative methods of transportation through New York City (including riding bicycles) is exploding. Unfortunately, with that ridership increase comes a dramatic increase in the number of accidents as well.
Most of the fatal bus accidents in New York City victims are pedestrians and bicyclists who are struck and injured or killed because the drivers of these multi-ton vehicles simply don't see them. However, as one chaotic bus accident in Newark demonstrates, even passengers on public transportation are not immune.
The City Council voted through three bills designed to decrease the amount of excessive force violations in New York City last month. In an overwhelming show of support for victims' rights, the council voted 40 to 4 in favor of passing these three bills to be signed into law. These bills will allow the public and civil institutions better access to information concerning cases of excessive force in New York City-an important step toward rooting out the problem.
A fatal bicycle accident in Queens earlier this month stole the life of a beloved 78-year old man. Michael Schenkman was an avid cyclist and despite his advanced age rode his bicycle nearly 20 miles on a daily basis. He was bicycling east along Northern Boulevard in Queens on Wednesday August 24th when he was struck from behind by a motorist and dragged approximately 25 feet. Rescue crews were unable to resuscitate him and Mr. Schenkman, who had just gotten marred this spring, passed away at the scene.
There's no denying that city streets are dangerous for cyclists. In spite of all the safety measures put in place, the number of bicycle accidents in New York City has not decreased. Distracted, careless, and inconsiderate automobile operators cause a majority of all bike/car accidents. These drivers should be held liable for the injuries and fatalities on the city streets.
A new study by the NYC DOT takes a much closer look at the correlation between left turning traffic and fatal bicycle accidents in New York City. Between 2010 and 2014 there were just over 800 pedestrian and cyclists fatalities in New York. 108 of the victims were killed by left turning traffic-almost 13% of all the pedestrian and cyclists fatalities in New York.
An early morning construction accident in New York City sent three construction workers to local hospitals suffering from serious, life-threatening injuries. The men were working on a jobsite in Brooklyn-near the Gowanus Expressway-around 9AM on May 9th when tragedy struck. That's when a massive steel plate fell from above and struck all three of them.
A near-record-breaking financial award was recently negotiated in five separate wrongful conviction lawsuits in New York City. The five victims each spent 17 years in jail for murders they had nothing to do with--one of which was known to have been committed by gang members. The $40 settlement was reached after nearly three years of negotiation.
An investigation into a fatal bicycle accident in New York City late last month has revealed that the 33-year old cyclist was killed when he "collided with the rear tire" of a tractor trailer truck. The truck was likely off-route and travelling city streets illegally. While the details of the bicycle accident in Park Slope are still unclear, some reports say that the truck passed the bicyclist causing the collision.