Riding a bicycle is an efficient, economical and environmentally friendly way to get around. However, it is an unfortunate fact that many cyclists are injured every year on the roads of New York and throughout the United States. In fact, to help protect its cyclists, New York City has introduced a numerical rating system known as the Cycling Risk Indicator.
According to this article, to calculate the risk of cycling in a specific area of New York, the indicator divides the number of cyclist fatalities on the road by the city’s In-Season Cycling Indicator. This final number is then multiplied by a hundred. According to research, the risk decreased by about 75 percent between 2001 and 2013. However, there is still work to be done as injuries to cyclists can be particularly severe.
The problem facing bicyclists on the busy roads of New York is that they must adhere to many of the same regulations as other traffic. While pedestrians can keep to the sidewalk, cyclists must keep to the road, remaining in the thick of things. They are less visible than other traffic and, when accidents occur, they lack the protection that other road users have.
Many bicyclists in New York find themselves in this position as part of their employment. This means they are on the roads several days a week, often for hours each day. However, this does mean that they may be covered by their employer’s liability insurance.
Whatever the case, if you are injured in a bicycle accident, you might benefit from seeking compensation. A successful claim can reduce the financial burden of your injuries, making the recovery process a little easier. An attorney may be able to advise you about the process and assist you in making your claim.