Commuting by bicycle is pretty popular in some places in New York. Unfortunately, many cyclists are struck by automobiles every year and, sadly, fatalities often result. When a fatal accident between a bicyclist and a motor vehicle does occur, how can the victim’s surviving family members seek compensation for their losses?
According to a recent report, so far this year, 15 cyclists have died in auto-pedestrian accidents within the city. With several months left in the year, this number is concerning as it is already equal to the number of cyclists killed in 2015. Most of the collisions this year have occurred in the Brooklyn area, while a few have taken place in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.
Each of these places are believed to be relatively bicycle friendly. Bike paths can be found in some areas, but the safety of these lanes is somewhat questionable. Many cyclists are asking city officials to consider installing more protected bike lanes which increase the gap between bicycle commuters and motor vehicles.
Accidents do happen, and some may not be avoidable. However, when it comes to motor vehicle accidents involving cyclists, it is the failure to pay attention to surroundings that is often the cause of such incidents. When a loved one is lost in a fatal accident due to the negligence of another, surviving family members may have legal recourse. Wrongful death and any other applicable claims may be filed in a New York civil court in order for compensation to be sought. In taking such action, if litigation proves successful, the court may award monetary damages for any and all recoverable losses.
Source: The New York Times, “Brooklyn’s Bicycling Culture Doesn’t Ease Risks for Riders“, Eli Rosenberg, Aug. 27, 2016