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Bicyclist Killed in Brooklyn

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If you are a bicyclist who rides the streets of Brooklyn or NYC, then you surely know how dangerous it can be. From being cut-off by vehicles to poorly maintained roads, your commute or enjoyable ride can turn into a whole different situation.

Recently a man was killed while cycling in Brooklyn. He was the 19th person killed while riding in the city this year alone. He was struck by a vehicle that ran into him after that vehicle was struck by another.

This story shows that anything can happen at any time, and that even if a bicyclist is fully aware of his or her surroundings, accidents still happen.

Although bicycle injuries are on the decline, bicycle deaths are on the rise.

However, NYC and Brooklyn are not even in the top ten cities for bicycle related deaths or injuries.

Top 10 Dangerous Cities for Bicyclists:

  1. Albuquerque, NM
  2. Tucson, AZ
  3. Las Vegas, NV
  4. Phoenix, AZ
  5. San Jose, CA
  6. Columbus, OH
  7. San Francisco, CA
  8. Memphis, TN
  9. Philadelphia, PA
  10. Los Angeles, CA

Common Causes of Bicycle Related Injuries & Deaths:

Night Riding – Did you know that more than half of bicycle accidents occur after the sun has gone down? Of course it is harder for vehicles to see a bicyclist at night, and unfortunately many bicyclists fail to wear reflective clothing, or even have reflectors or lights on their bikes.

Distracted Car Drivers – Many times in traffic the thought of bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are the last thing on our minds. We simply are not even thinking about the most vulnerable targets on the streets of our cities when driving.

Distracted Bicyclists – It’s a natural thing to let the mind wander. Because of their vulnerability on the streets, bicyclists especially need to be aware of their surroundings and not become distracted by what may be happening on the side of the road.

Rules of the Road – Both drivers and riders are at fault here. Some don’t know the laws, and assume things that are not true. Many accidents occur because a vehicle driver or a bicyclist either misunderstand, or just aren’t following the rules of the road, and who is supposed to be yielding to whom.

Road Conditions – Potholes, poorly maintained roads, construction zones and the like all make for an unsafe trip for bicyclists.

The bicycle accident lawyers at the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates in Brooklyn can help you in your time of need. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, please reach out for a free consultation. Recovering compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, etc. for people who have been injured due to the negligence of others is what we do.   Contact us online or call us today at 718-407-4123. We serve people in the cities of Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island as well as the states of New York and New Jersey.

Resources:

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2019/08/12/cyclist-dies-in-midwood-crash-

https://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/bicycle-accidents-in-the-united-states/

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