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Preventing Cycling Accidents in New York City

Posted by Michael Redenburg | Jul 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

In 2019, more cyclists were killed in New York City than in any year since 2000. Gothamist posted a tribute to the 29 cyclists, and revealed only six drivers were charged for causing fatal accidents, while 21 drivers were not. They range from teenagers to bike messengers to a pediatrician.

Cycling accidents continue to be a major problem in NYC, despite attempts to make a safer environment. In 2014, the city embarked on an ambitious plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries by 2024 called Vision Zero. The plan was based on a similar program put forward in Sweden that adopts the philosophy that pedestrian deaths are not as many “accidents” as they are a failure of street design. Since the adoption of Vision Zero, NYC has increased the miles of bicycle lanes by a quarter from 911 to 1,243. On a typical day there are nearly half a million cycling trips completed in NYC.

If you are a cyclist, you should ride defensively, constantly look for cars, pedestrians, and other cyclists that may present hazards and cause collisions. You should also wear a helmet, to protect you against traumatic brain injury or concussion. Some of the other things you can do to reduce your likelihood of being involved in a cycling accident include:

  • Avoid the door zone: Look for opening car doors and ride far enough to the left of parked vehicles so that you won't run into any door that opens unexpectedly.
  • Ride in the same direction as car traffic: Be a predictable cyclist. One study showed that riding the wrong way was three times as dangerous as riding the right way, and for kids, the risk is seven times greater.
  • Be visible:  What you wear should be a consideration. Yellow or orange vests and clothing make you visible. Also, use a headlight and rear light.
  • Plan your route: Check out NYC's Green Wave Bike Safety Plan for information on planning your route. Keep in mind that around 60% of fatalities happen at intersections and 90% of fatalities happen on streets without bike lanes.

What to do Following a Cycling Accident in NYC 

If you are hurt or a loved one was involved in a bicycle accident in NYC, contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. for a consultation and review of your legal rights after a bicycle accident in New York. We are here to help 7 days a week, and video or phone consultations are always available.

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Michael Redenburg

We Will Fight For You With Fifteen Years of legal experience, Attorney Michael J. Redenburg began his career defending cases for the clients of insurance companies. Initially defending no-fault claims at a Long Island based law firm, he then moved on to a Manhattan based firm where he defended t...

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