New Yorkers rely on various modes of transportation to get around the city and surrounding areas. Whether it is by a personal vehicle, bus, subway, bicycle or feet, the city is busy with residents and visitors going to and from their destinations. This can make it challenging for different modes of transportation to co-exist, especially during rush hour traffic. While residents frequently use bicycles, the city is not always the safest area to travel by bike.
A recent bicycle accident captures the safety and concerns for bicyclists in New York City. In this incident, a cyclist was killed in an accident involving an MTA bus near Central Park during morning rush hour traffic. Based on reports, the 19-year-old female was riding in the bus lane when the bus clipped her at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and E 59th Street.
Police believe that the bus that was traveling behind her collided with her as it attempted to drive past the cyclist. This resulted in the cyclist falling from her bike and landing underneath the bus. After running her over, the bus continued on for a half-block because the driver had no knowledge that this incident just occurred. Authorities confirmed that the driver remained at the scene’ however, no charges were immediately filed as investigation continues.
This fatal bike accident was the seventh one to claim a life this year in the city. While this is a slight dip from the 12 deaths that were recorded the pervious year at this time, it is expected to increase this year as traffic increases and safety remains a concern for bicyclists and pedestrians in the city.
The loss of a loved one is a tragic accident is a difficult event to cope with. While nothing can be done to bring back the lost life or make up for this loss, it is possible to ease the pains and financial burdens caused by a fatal accident. A wrongful death action could help place liability on the party at fault. Furthermore, it could assist with the recovery of compensation to address damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, funeral costs, loss of companionship, lost wages and other related losses.