A Dangerous Pattern Continues, Number of Cyclists Injuries and Deaths Continues to Rise

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. 

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP