Recent Accident Draws Attention to Bike-Pedestrian Collisions

A 59-year-old woman is on life support after being hit by a bicycle in Central Park on September 18. According to police reports, the woman was walking in the crosswalk at a light-protected intersection near W. 63rd St. when the accident occurred, and she suffered severe head trauma. The cyclist remained at the scene of the crash.

This serious accident serves to highlight the ever-present risk of serious or even fatal injuries to a pedestrian as the result of being hit by a bicycle. A 2011 Hunter College study estimates that about 1,000 pedestrians each year require medical treatment in the aftermath of such collisions in New York State alone.

Although a number of factors can contribute to this type of accident, the truth is that pedestrians will almost always be at a disadvantage in a collision with a bicycle. It is impossible to prevent another person’s negligence, but fortunately there are some steps pedestrians can take to reduce the risk of accidents, and decrease their chances of being liable:

  • Avoid departing from designated walkways
  • Use crosswalks whenever possible, and wait for traffic signals to tell you it’s safe to proceed
  • Never assume the driver of any vehicle notices you and plans to stop for you, even if you have the right of way
  • Make yourself visible, especially when walking at night, by wearing brightly colored or reflective clothing
  • Remain alert — put cell phones and other devices away when crossing streets or walking in areas with high levels of bike traffic

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident in New York City, speak with a skilled attorney at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson right away to learn more about potentially seeking compensation.

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