Ronald Corwin, 73, allegedly flipped over his rented Citi Bike and hit a concrete barrier installed near a docking station on East 56th Street near Madison Avenue. He is suing the city for millions in what appears to be the first personal injury lawsuit since the Citi Bike program launched in May 2013.
Corwin explained that nerve damage in his brain has sapped him of his sense of smell and taste. The Connecticut resident is seeking $5 million for his pain and suffering.
Corwin is blaming the six-foot wide, six-inch high “wheelstop” that sits near the bike rack. “There were no cones or colored warnings to alert a bicyclist of its existence. It constituted a trap for the unwary,” his lawyer claims.
Apparently Corwin is not the only one injured while riding a Citi Bike. In October, a second incident was reported in the same spot because of the same barrier. It was then painted orange for visibility purposed and adorned with a traffic cone.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured while riding a NYC Citi Bike, contact Jacoby & Meyers today. We can help you receive compensation for your pain and suffering.