Whether because their riders are trying to save on gas, or because they have to move quickly to make their deliveries on time, bicycles are a common sight on the streets of New York City. Unfortunately, due to their size and mobility, some bicyclists take liberties with the rules of the road. This can sometimes lead to unfortunate bicycle accidents wherein a pedestrian is injured or some other damage is caused.
An accident that occurred recently in Brooklyn provides an example of the serious damage that can be caused by a negligent biker. According to witnesses, a biker trying to make his deliveries caused the accident when he rolled into the bus’s path. The bus driver attempted to avoid the biker, and ended up swerving and colliding with some nearby parked cars. While there were no serious injuries, the bus driver limped to an ambulance and an unknown amount of damage was caused to the parked vehicles. The biker was reportedly barely scathed in the ordeal.
A neighbor in the area pointed out that there is a bike lane just across the street. There’s no official word on just why the biker chose not to use the bike lane, but bikers sometimes take advantage of their small size to move about the roads in ways that most cars can’t. It’s possible that the biker was trying to shave some time off his or her delivery, but whatever the reason, the biker was clearly being negligent.
Much like with car accidents, bikers who are at fault in accidents can be punished for the physical, emotional and financial suffering they inflict on others. If you or a loved one has been victimized by a rogue biker, strong legal counsel can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Source: CBS New York, “MTA Bus Involved In Crash With Bicyclist In Brooklyn,” July 18, 2014