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Rapid bike messengers pose hazards for NYC pedestrians

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2016 | Bicycle Accidents

New York is one of the most amazing cities in the world and life here can be extremely fast-paced. The bicycle messengers that shuttle food, documents and other items throughout the city exemplify the rapid rate at which things can get done. Because the Big Apple’s streets get so congested, it only makes sense to have small package deliveries handled by bicyclists. They can cut through the traffic and bypass many of the obstacles that leave cars and truck crawling at a snail’s pace.

Bicycle messengers and delivery persons earn their money by making as many deliveries as possible during a shift. And to do this, they have to traverse the streets as quickly as possible. These riders are often very strong and capable of traveling at a very high rate of speed. And when a rushing cyclist crashes into a pedestrian, the pedestrian can suffer injuries that are as severe as those caused by a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, this happens far too often and victims are left needing long-term medical care.

And while the messengers have every right to try to make a good living, they must do so while obeying the rules of the road. When a bicyclist’s recklessness causes harm to an innocent party, the victim should be able to receive appropriate compensation for medical and other associated expenses.

At Godosky & Gentle, we have a proven record of helping victims of accidents caused by negligent bicyclists. We understand the possible difficulties that victims may face when trying to hold a bicyclist or delivery business accountable. On our bicycle accident page, you can read about our successes and our approach to handling bicycle accident cases.