May was National Bike Safety Month and It is important that both cyclists and other motorists take precautions to avoid bicycle accidents. One method the city is seeking to enhance cycling safety is through its Vision Zero initiative by changing the street design and promoting legislation that better protects cyclists.
In 2019, there were 3,835 collisions involving bikes and vehicles in New York City, with the rider wounded or killed, a 3% reduction over 2018. We discovered that motorists were substantially more likely to be at fault in incidents with bicycles after assessing the contributing elements of over 8,000 incidents. Motorists were 2.36 times more likely to be at fault in 2019 than they were in 2018.
Tips to keep you and others safe
Always wear a helmet that fits properly and fulfills Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requirements.
Perform Pre-Ride Inspections before setting out, evaluate your bike for correct fit and operation, as well as the condition of the tires, brakes, handlebars, and saddles.
Make yourself known. Wear bright clothing and utilize lights or reflectors on your bicycle to alert other drivers that you are there.
Finally, adhere to the Rules. Follow local rules regulating turning, bike lanes, drug or alcohol impairment, and other traffic safety standards such as riding in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic.
Steps to Take After a New York City Bicycle Accident
It is critical to safeguard your rights if you are involved in a bicycle accident in New York City. Following a crash, you can accomplish this by taking several steps that include: Getting medical treatment, contacting the police, obtaining the information of the other party as well as the witnesses, and contacting a NYC Personal Injury attorney.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, contact Avanzino & Moreno at 718-802-1616 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced and compassionate lawyer in New York.
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