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According to NYC.gov, eight hundred thousand New Yorkers ride bicycles regularly. Nearly 90,000 New Yorkers typically bike to work or school, and on any given day, there are roughly 460,000 cycling trips made in New York City alone.
Many cyclists in New York and New Jersey are experts at navigating busy streets and do everything they can to prevent injury (i.e. wearing a helmet, utilizing a bike light, etc.). Unfortunately, cyclists are more or less defenseless when it comes to reckless motor vehicle drivers and negligent individuals.
Bicycle Injury Risk Factors
Since cyclists are highly exposed when riding they are at a heightened risk of catastrophic injury and even death should they be involved in a crash with an automobile. Certain driving behaviors, such as driving under the influence, speeding, distracted driving, and drowsy driving, are often the cause of cyclist-motor vehicle collisions.
Sadly, each year hundreds of cyclists lose their lives in motor vehicle crashes. According to most recent data provided by NYC.gov, there were more cyclists injured and killed in Brooklyn than any other borough. There were also a significant number of bicycle crashes involving motor vehicles in Manhattan and Queens.
Reckless drivers aren’t the only ones who put cyclists at risk for injury and death. When property owners fail to fix broken or damaged walkways, fail to shovel or sand after inclement weather, or fail to clear debris they create serious hazards for bicyclists and pedestrians.
What Should I do if I’m injured in a Bicycle Crash?
Often times cycling-related injuries require immediate medical attention, yet some cycling-related injuries initially seem mild but worsen over time. The following non-fatal injuries are common in cycling crashes:
- traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
- broken bones, clavicle (collarbone) breaks are especially common
- burns and abrasions
- neck and back injuries
Individuals injured in bicycle crashes are commonly (temporarily or permanently) unable to work, unable to care for their family, and unable to complete daily tasks. The physical, emotional, and financial implications that accompany these types of injuries can have lasting impacts on the injured individual and their loved ones.
Collecting evidence, navigating insurance claims, and understanding your rights can be difficult. That is precisely why injured cyclists have turned to Jacoby & Meyers, LLP for assistance for more than 55 years. If you’ve been injured in a cycling crash at no fault of your own contact us today for a free case evaluation.