On September 19, 2014, a bicyclist in New York City hit a woman head on, after swerving to avoid a group of pedestrians that had gathered near a popular attraction in Central Park. The incident marked the second time within two months that a cyclist hit and killed a pedestrian inside of the nation’s most venerated municipal park. New York City’s Department of Transportation issued a report in early 2014 that states 309 crashes occurred between cyclists and pedestrians throughout all five NYC boroughs in 2013. The number of cyclist-pedestrian accidents in 2013 represents a nearly 25% climb from the number posted during 2012.

Bicycle accidents on the rise in New York City

The increase in bicycle accidents that involve pedestrians only scrapes the surface of the rising danger cyclists face and present on city streets. According to the most recent statistics released by the New York City Police Department (NYPD), New York City experienced over 4,000 bicycle accidents during 2013, with 10 of the accidents resulting in fatalities. A vast majority of bicycle accidents involved cyclists and motorists. Couriers that work the business district streets of New York City are the most vulnerable to cycling accidents. However, the city transportation department noted in a late 2014 report that incidents such as the two Central Park cyclist-pedestrians accidents have become a more significant factor in crunching bicycle accident numbers for the New York City region.

Motorists remain the number one threat to NYC cyclists

Despite the rise in pedestrian-cyclist accidents in NYC, motorists remain the number one threat presented to two-wheel travelers. Distractions such as electronic devices and headphones blaring music contribute to the increasingly dangerous roads of NYC. The leading causes of NYC bicycle-motorist accidents include wrong way cyclist riding, inattentive motorists, and improper cyclist lane changes.

According to the New York State Department of Transportation statistics, here are some other common causes of motorist-cyclist accidents:

  • A motorist turning directly in front of a bicyclist
  • An automobile driver entering the street from a driveway or parking spot and pulling into traffic in front of a bicyclist
  • An automobile driver who fails to yield or runs a “stop” sign or red light, at an intersection
  • An automobile driver’s failure to look both ways before resuming travel after stopping at a “stop” sign

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, then you may be entitled to compensation that can cover medical bills, pay lost wages and pay for pain and suffering. Contact the law office of Jayson Lutzky, P.C. if you have any questions for an attorney. Mr. Lutzky has over 32 years of experience and offers free in-person consultations to prospective clients. He also offers home and hospital visits to those who have been seriously injured. Call 718-329-9500 to set up your consultation .Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about Mr. Lutzky.