On May 4, 2017, Xin Kang Wang, a 74-year-old bicyclist, died after a Toyota Camry cab’s door opened, knocking him from a bike lane into Union Square traffic. He was struck a second time on the street by an Uber car. Wang was riding east in the East 20th Street bike lane when the opening door of the door slammed open to discharge a passenger into the bike lane.
Wang was transported to Bellevue hospital with serious injuries. He died on Sunday of complications. No immediate arrests have been made. But the police did issue a violation to the 32-year-old New Jersey cab driver for discharging his passenger in a bike lane.
Bicycles have increasingly become a popular mode of transportation on the streets of New York City. While most New Yorkers take great care to ride safely, statistics show that it is mainly other careless motorists on the road that are the cause of the majority of bicycle-related accidents. Unfortunately, accidents involving bicycles often result in catastrophic injuries and death.
Common Bicycle Injuries
Bicycle related accident deaths increased 25 percent over the past year. Twenty bicyclists died in traffic crashes in NYC in 2016, up from 16 in 2015, and 14 in 2014.
Due to the lack of safety features, such as seat-belts and airbags, bicycle accident victims are prone to serious and fatal injuries. Common bicycle accident injuries include:
– Broken or fractured bones
– Traumatic brain injuries and other closed head injuries
– Spinal cord injuries
– Internal organ injuries
– Back and neck injuries
Unfortunately, fatalities are common in traffic related bicycle accidents. Filing a personal injury claim cannot replace the loss of a loved one. But it can bring a sense of justice and some financial stability for the victim’s loved ones who are left behind.
The Need for Legal Help After a Bicycle Accident
When you are injured in a bicycle accident, you need the help of an experienced attorney to fight for your rights and help you recover the full compensation that you deserve. With an experienced New York bicycle accident attorney on your side, you can be confident that the legal aspects of your case are properly handled so that you can concentrate on getting the best medical treatment possible for your personal injuries.
We Can Help You If Your Are Injured
When you are injured in a bicycle accident, you need to hire a New York bicycle accident attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight for your rights and get you the full extent of monetary compensation that you deserve.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York bicycle accident attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.