Delivery drivers rushing to their next destination on a bicycle are one of New York City’s iconic images. Though the city has taken steps to encourage responsible biking and increase safety, irresponsible or distracted cyclists still strike and injure pedestrians.
What should you do if a cyclist crashes into you as a pedestrian?
Know the cyclist’s responsibilities
New York Law considers bicycles a vehicle. Cyclists must follow the same rules as drivers of other types of vehicles:
- Ride in the road. Avoid sidewalks, unless the rider is 12 or younger and the bike’s wheels are less than 26 inches in diameter.
- Stop at stop signs and red lights.
- Exercise due care to avoid collisions.
- Ride with the traffic.
- Cross intersections when the pedestrian signal shows “walk,” unless there is a bike signal or sign.
- Use a red taillight, white headlight, reflectors and bell or horn.
- Use designated bike paths or lanes when available, except when making turns or it is unsafe.
If the cyclist who hit you violated any of these rules, this information can help you recover damages from the rider.
Consider a lawsuit
The state of New York does not require cyclists to purchase insurance and many bike riders do not have any. If there is no insurance to collect from, filing a personal injury lawsuit may be your only means of recovery.
Crashes involving a bicycle and a pedestrian can result in serious injuries. If a cyclist causes injuries by striking you as a pedestrian, you may be able to receive compensation.