New York is home to nearly 9 million residents. With this many people interacting on a daily basis, accidents and injuries are unavoidable. So it is no surprise that personal injury lawsuits are so common in the state’s courts, including those resulting from bike-related collisions.
The New York Post reports that a 28-year-old female cyclist lost her life at a Brooklyn intersection after colliding with a cement truck. The driver of the truck was a 70-year-old man who remained at the scene until law enforcement officials arrived. At the time of this report, the exact circumstances leading to the fatal accident were not known. However, this incident marks the 15th cyclist death this year, which more than doubles the number of cyclist fatalities from 2018.
A former city official cites the increase of Lyft and Uber drivers, industrial truck traffic and population growth as reasons for the upsurge in bicycle tragedies. Additionally, there is a problem with motorists parking in bike lanes. This mix of factors has made western Queens and North Brooklyn one of the most hazardous locations for cyclists. Despite the Department of Transportation’s redesign of the roadways, it is not enough to keep up with the ever-changing traffic demands. In the meantime, the city is working toward revamping its bike safety plan as a way of preventing cyclist deaths.
If someone suffers an injury or wrongful death due to a bike collision, it is important to establish who is negligent and responsible for compensation. People who face this issue often find it helpful to consult with an attorney.