Pedestrians Injured by Bicyclists in New York Not Uncommon

September 30, 2011 – New York, New York – According to a news report from My Fox New York, a new study shows that pedestrians being injured by bicyclists are not an uncommon scene. In fact, on average there are 1,000 pedestrians who are injured every year in the state of New York.  The study also indicates that a quarter of those injured are children under the age of 10 and many of the victims reside in lower income areas, such as East Harlem.  The areas with the highest number of bicycle/pedestrian injuries include the following:

  • East Harlem;
  • Manhattan’s Lower East Side;
  • Brooklyn’s Greenpoint area; and
  • Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This study comes on the heels of efforts being made by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to add more bike lanes and to install a bicycle sharing program, which is set to begin in the summer of 2012.  However many motorists are not welcoming these changes, with concerns of bicyclists causing or being the victim of serious accidents that result in severe or fatal injuries.  If you were injured in a pedestrian accident or a bicycle accident, then you should speak with a New York personal injury attorney to determine if you have a valid case worth pursuing.  According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 1,156 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in the state of New York.

To help raise awareness of traffic safety in the New York area, our firm will frequently publish blogs about traffic accidents that occur throughout the 5 boroughs and beyond. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in New York that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.

Among the most common types of traffic accidents in New York include:

  • accidents caused by hazardous road conditions;
  • single-vehicle crashes;
  • rollover accidents; and
  • “distracted driver” accidents or crashes caused by intoxicated drivers.

If you have been named in this blog or you are the victim’s family member or friend and would like the blog removed from our website, please feel free to contact us and we will promptly accommodate your request.

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