A bus driver who fatally struck a bicyclist in New York City was found guilty of violating New York City’s Right of Way law. He was also found guilty for failing to exercise due care and traffic violation.
In June 2017, the bicyclist was pedaling to work on West 26th Street. The street had no bicycle lane, meaning bicyclists shared the road with motorists. The bus driver clearly saw the bicyclist but chose to pass him in a narrow part of the street. The bicyclist was thrown off his bike and was run over. He died at the scene.
The bus driver’s attorney claimed that the victim lost control of his bicycle. However, a surveillance video from a nearby building clearly showed the bicyclist riding his bike in a straight line. The video also shows that cars were parked on both sides of the street, making it too narrow for the bus driver to pass him. The video further shows that the bus driver did not slow down either before crashing into the bicyclist after fatally knocking him down.
A passenger on the bus testified during the trial that it was clear the bus was way too close to the bicyclist and that if the passenger reached out his arms, he could probably touch him.
Prosecutors had offered the bus driver a plea deal consisting of six month license suspension, driver remediation and a $1000 fine but the driver declined the offer and faced 30 days in jail.
Dangers of Riding in the Bike Lane
Riding a bicycle may be a convenient mode of transportation, especially in the busy streets of New York City. However, there are many dangers associated with riding a bicycle. Streets that do not have a bike lane or have obstructions in the bike lane can pose serious dangers for bicyclists. Cars trying to pass bicycles on narrow streets can easily collide into bicyclists and knock them down. Even if there is a bike lane and the on-street parking is next to the bike lane, it can also result in serious accidents to bicyclists.
If you or a loved one was injured while riding a bicycle, you may be entitled to monetary compensation, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Burial expenses
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Call a New York Bicycle Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured or died in a bicycle accident caused by the negligent actions of another party, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. For more information or to consult with one of our experienced New York bike accident attorneys, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.