Chevrolet Pickup Truck Identified As Vehicle Involved In Suffolk County Bicycle Accident
SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK (May 9, 2023) – A 50-year-old bicyclist was critically injured in a Suffolk County car accident with a pickup truck on Gristmill Lane.
Suffolk County officials are saying that the accident took place around 3:10 p.m. on Saturday. A bicyclist was traveling down the road when they were hit by a pickup truck traveling north on New York Avenue.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. The 50-year-old bicyclist was taken to Huntington Hospital in critical condition.
The pickup truck involved in the collision has been impounded for a safety check. A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Suffolk County Bicycle Accidents
Bicyclists are uniquely vulnerable in car accidents. They are more likely to be overlooked and lack the protection of enclosed vehicles. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Bicycle trips make up only 1% of all trips in the United States.1 However, bicyclists account for over 2% of people who die in a crash involving a motor vehicle on our nation’s roads.” There are a number of common causes of bicycle accidents.
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Poor road conditions
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1146, all drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. If a driver fails to slow down to avoid hitting a bicyclist, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Victims of bicycle accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Pickup trucks are often used for commercial purposes. If a pickup truck driver was working a the time of a collision, the company that they worked for could be held at fault. Victims of bicycle accidents may be able to seek some measure of justice through a bodily injury claim. A bicycle accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A New York Bicycle Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the bicyclist injured in this Suffolk County collision. It is our sincere hope he is able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Suffolk County bicycle accident? Our team of bicycle accident attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.