Individuals in New York and elsewhere are on or near the roadways for a wide variety of reasons. Whether it is for work, school or recreation activities, there are a wide variety of vehicles used to get around the city. For some, bicycles are their main source of transportation. While this is a convenient source, it is also one that presents risks and could be involved in a serious or even fatal accident.
Many deliverymen in New York travel by bicycle. This is a convenient way to get deliveries to their destination; however, there are many risks associated with traveling on busy roads with motor vehicles. Following the death of a 14-year-old Guatemalan boy, the dangers and risks associated with this job have been highlighted. In fact, the results of this bike accident, which occurred this past November, sparked a lot of controversy.
According to reports, the teen was riding his bike along 23rd Street in South Slope when he was hit by a BMW traveling southbound at Fifth Avenue. Evidence shows that the driver had a green light; however, video footage shows that the driver entered the intersection at a high speed. The boy was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The motorist was issued a summons for speeding; however, no criminal charges were brought against him.
Based on data from the city's Department of Transportation, 24 cyclist died in crashes while another were 4,397 were injured in motor vehicle accidents. When a fatal or serious bicycle accident occurs, it is important to understand what happened and what legal recourses are available to them.
Following a serous or fatal bike accident, it is important to explore your situation further. If a negligent driver caused the crash, it might be possible to hold them accountable. Accountability can be proven and assigned through a personal injury action. This actin could also help with the recovery of compensation for losses and damages suffered.