More than eight hundred cyclists died in 2015 (the most recent year for which data is available), and many experts speculate the total number of 2016 and 2017 fatalities will also be alarmingly high.
Because of limited public transportation options, financial limitations, and an array of other factors many New Yorkers must commute via bicycle. Although there has been some promising updates to routes with high numbers of cyclist deaths and cyclist injuries in NYC, such as Queens Boulevard (also known as the “Boulevard of Death”), the city and the country still have a long way to go in terms of protecting cyclists.
Some alarming stats NYC cyclists should be aware of:
- 1/3 of cycling fatalities occurred at intersections
- 7 out of 10 cycling deaths occurred in urban areas
- More than half of all cyclists killed in 2015 were not wearing helmets
Source: Governors Highway Safety Association
We urge cyclists to use caution in and around urban intersections, and to always take measures to prevent injury by wearing a helmet and other protective gear. If you or a loved one sustained a bicycle injury at no fault of your own contact us today, we may be able to help you secure compensation.