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Bicycle-and-pedestrian accidents in New York City

In a recent article, we wrote about the challenges that bicyclists face in New York City (see our discussion by clicking here). Yet, the increase in cyclists and the police department's failure to issue citations affect more than just cyclists; injuries to pedestrians caused by pedestrian-and-bike accidents are also very common.

One man recently filed a lawsuit against New York City alleging that its failure to cite reckless bicyclists (and not just drivers) violates the Americans With Disabilities Act. He claims that the city has not created a safe environment for people with disabilities.

The plaintiff is a blind man who was hit by a bicyclist in Central Park. He broke his hip and injured his pelvis. Now, he wants to "make [Central Park] safe."

According to a 2011 study by professors at Hunter College, nearly 1,000 pedestrians are hospitalized each year in New York due to bike-and-ped accidents. At least half of those crashes occur in New York City. It is important to note that these statistics only include those hospitalized for their injuries; many more pedestrians suffer minor injuries or injuries treated at walk-in clinics.

More than 32 percent of the study's bike-and-pedestrian accident injuries in the city occurred in Brooklyn, with Manhattan coming in a close second.

The study is one of many that show the dangers for pedestrians on New York City's streets. If you were injured in a similar accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other damages through a personal injury lawsuit.

A lawsuit would also hold negligent riders liable for their actions and send the message that it is not okay for bicyclists to ignore traffic laws. This is important, since officers rarely cite cyclists for their negligent or illegal actions.

Source: New York Daily News, "Blind man hit by biker in Central Park files suit against NYC," Tracy Connor, Sept. 12, 2012.

Read more about personal injury by visiting our page on pedestrian accidents.

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