When road accidents come to mind, you might think of cars or trucks, perhaps even motorcycles. One thing many people forget is that bicycles are also a common sight on modern roads. Commuters, delivery workers, children and countless others use the roads of New York each day. However, cyclists are vulnerable and can be hard to spot. In the event of a bike accident, the cyclist often suffers serious injuries.
Such was the case early one morning as a cyclist traveled along the eastbound shoulder of a road in Medford. A car collided with him, leaving him with serious injuries, before speeding off. Police eventually tracked down a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the accident. That afternoon, they arrested a driver in connection with the accident. Meanwhile, the cyclist was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The alleged driver of the vehicle that hit him faces charges relating to leaving the scene of an accident. The investigation continued following the arrest, however. Detectives urged anyone who might have information about the crash to come forward.
Unfortunately, accidents like this are not uncommon and many cyclists get struck by vehicles in New York every year. Drivers should take care to look out for bicycles on the road, as the consequences of failing to spot them can be severe and devastating. The victim of this recent accident could be facing hefty medical bills and may need to replace his bicycle. However, his primary concern may simply be his recovery.
Nevertheless, in situations like this it is often worth considering pursuing a compensation claim. Don’t worry if you’re not sure where to start as an attorney can guide you through the process and help you to acquire a fair settlement for the damage done to you.
Source: CBS New York, “Suspect Arrested In Hit-And-Run That Injured Cyclist In Medford, L.I.,” June 17, 2014