Pedestrian-Bicyclist Collisions Continue to Mount in Central Park

I had previously written about the increase in pedestrian-bicyclist accidents, especially in the Central Park area, and the rules applicable to bicyclists in the City of New York (see past Blog entries concerning Bicycles).  As the City of New York continues  its push to add more bike lanes accidents between pedestrians and bicyclists are likely to grow. Two such incidents of bicyclists striking pedestrians recently came to my attention. 1)  According to the Daily News,  A blind Michigan attorney incurred a broken hip when he was struck by a cyclist in Central Park.  He is suing the City of New York for failing to protect the disabled, and failing to enforce the laws applicable to cyclists.  He says he is not asking for money, only that the City takes action to increase safety.  2) A young woman contacted me this week after she was struck by a cyclist just outside Central Park. She was in the crosswalk when a cyclist in the bike lane disregarded the red light and struck her.  The incident happened on July 13, 2012.  She failed to get the name of the biker because though she was shook up at the time she did not think she was seriously injured.  Unfortunately, her pain got worse and she was diagnosed with a herniated disc for which she is undergoing treatment.  She wanted to sue for her damages, but without knowing the identity of the cyclist a recovery seems unlikely. There are two points to be taken from these stories. First, the City needs to take action to increase pedestrian safety in regards to bicycle traffic. Second, whenever you are in an accident, you need to obtain identifying information about the other persons involved, and if possible witnesses, even if you do not think you are seriously hurt at the time.  All too often injuries are masked by the suddenness of the event, adrenaline of the moment, and by the embarrassment of the situation.  If you allow the other persons involved to leave the scene without exchanging information you may be left with no one to sue for your injuries.  - Marc Miner, Esq Marc Miner, Esq. is a member of Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C., a New York City Personal Injury Law Firm.  He can be contacted at 1-800-LAWLINE (1-800-529-5463).

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