Bicyclists face risks to life and limb when they hop in the saddle and start peddling. Even more so for New York cyclists because of the sheer density of vehicles and people, unexpected obstacles, and the weather. This situation is further exacerbated by the rule-bending seemingly necessary to get from point A to point B in a reasonable amount of time. Perhaps, the driver double-parked to their car to pick up dry cleaning or drop something off. Of course, there are thousands of trucks making deliveries every day. It’s almost like a video with severe life-changing consequences if you lose.
Common causes of bike injuries
Bicyclists aren’t above bending the rules, but injuries often are caused by the behavior of other drivers. Common causes for severe injuries include:
- Distracted driving
- Making unsafe turns
- Failing to leave enough space between vehicles for bikers to pass safely
- Failing to stop at a stop sign
- Making illegal turns on red
- Trying to beat a yellow light when entering an intersection
- Failing to yield to the right of way
- Not checking mirrors before getting out of a parked vehicle
Bicyclists have rights
Those on bikes have the same rights as those in motorized vehicles, but drivers in cars and trucks do not always see it that way. Drivers think they can get away with it, but there are often plenty of witnesses (or even surveillance cameras) that provide vital information for holding the negligent accountable. It can mean compensation for severe injuries, including loss of income, related medical expenses not covered by insurance, property damage, and the trauma of enduring these cataclysmic events.