While our society has become more conscious of factors in both environment and health, many have turned to traveling by bicycle as a way to stay healthy and to save money on commuting costs. Bicyclists are at a disadvantage in terms of size and the fact that they are more exposed to the dangers of the road. No matter what mode of transportation you choose there will always be the potential for getting into an accident.
On Tuesday, a bicyclist was critically injured in an accident in downtown Brooklyn that involved a dump truck. The intersection where the accident happened has been the site of numerous accidents involving bicyclists.
According to a spokesperson with the NYPD, it was this intersection at the intersection of Jay and Tillary where a 35-year-old bicyclist was struck at around 7:00 a.m. as a dump truck was turning.
Eyewitnesses in the area heard a scream and saw a man’s body lying under the driver’s side of the dump truck. The bicyclist was cut up from the waist down in a pool of blood and was awake and in pain.
The cyclist, whose name has not been released suffered critical injuries and was transported by ambulance to Methodist Hospital.
Officials say that this is just the most recent in a series of accidents at the same intersection. Vision One data indicates that this is the eighth accident in the same place since the beginning of 2015. (https://www.nycvzv.info/) While bicyclists have their own designated bike lane, many don’t choose to use it and can get hurt.
The driver of the dump truck is a 35-year-old man who works for Mountain Man Sand and Gravel in Long Island. Police say that the driver has not been arrested or ticketed in the incident.
The state of New York is a no-fault insurance state. That means any damages or injuries you sustain are submitted to your own insurance company. Anyone who has been injured in an accident has 30 days from the date of the accident to file such a claim. The amount of money you can collect from an accident is $50,000.
Of course, anyone who has ever been seriously injured in an accident of any sort or has had to stay in the hospital for any period of time or had to pay for ongoing therapies or lost time off the job realizes that $50,000 will not go very far. If the injuries meet the state of New York’s requirements of “serious”, a lawsuit can be filed against the driver if they caused or contributed to your injuries. You could be compensated for any and all medical bills, 100% of your lost current or future income if you cannot work, emotional damages and pain and suffering.
Every accident case is different and there are many factors that come into play in a bicycle accident such as poorly marked roadways or faulty bicycle parts, for example. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, give the law offices of Goldstein & Bashner a call today. We are here to answer any questions you may have regarding your bicycle accident case.
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