According to NYC.gov, more than 50,000 cyclists and pedestrians were injured in bicycle crashes in 2015. The American Family Physician reports bicycle related injuries account for “approximately 900 deaths, 23,000 hospital admissions, 580,000 emergency department visits and more than 1.2 million physician visits per year in the United States”.
Bicycle crash related injuries are often serious and even life threatening. Regardless of if you’re a cyclist or not it’s important to understand the where, how, and why of bicycle crashes.
Where do the most injury related crashes occur? Recent data has shown the majority of New York City bicycle injuries occur in Brooklyn and Queens. There were more fatal cycling injuries in Queens than any other borough in 2015.
How do bicycle crashes occur? Bicycle crashes can occur in a variety of situations, risk factors vary based on the cyclist’s location. In the New York City area cyclists are commonly injured when they are involved in a motor vehicle crash, a pedestrian related crash, or collide with another cyclist.
Why do bicycle crashes occur? In New York City bicycle crashes are often the result of motor vehicle driver distraction, motor vehicle drivers failing to abide by traffic laws (speeding and failure to stop at stop signs/traffic lights is a major issue), motor vehicle driver impairment, pedestrian distraction, illegal double parking, lack of protected bike lanes, and dangerous cycling behavior, like shoaling.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle crash contact us today. Our team of New York City personal injury attorneys have years of experience representing injured cyclists.