In September this year, 7 bicyclists died in three boroughs across New York City: Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. The month is the worst for fatal bicycle accidents in NYC since 2014.
Although bicyclist deaths and accidents have increased in the last two decades, September’s spike is being blamed in part on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. New Yorkers have needed to find alternative ways to travel the city since using public transportation systems would inherently put them at a higher risk of contracting the virus. Many people who had too far to travel to walk turned to riding bicycles.
The increase of bicyclists on the streets and sidewalks around NYC would naturally increase the chances of a bicycle accident occurring. Yet critics of de Blasio have argued that the increase is beyond expectations because he and the Department of Transportation have been too slow in implementing new bike paths and bike lanes around the city. In 2019, “The Green Wave” program began, which aimed to add 80 miles of new bike lanes across the boroughs before 2022. Yet the program is only about halfway done.
(To learn more about the recent increase in bicycle accidents in New York City, you can click here to view a full article from the Daily News.)
Local Attorneys Standing Up for Injured Cyclists
Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices proudly provides strong legal representation to the people of New York City from our offices in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. If you have been injured while riding your bicycle, then we want to know about it, so we can see about starting a personal injury claim in your name. If you lost a loved one who was hit while bike riding, then we can also offer compassionate legal support during a wrongful death claim.
For more information, call us at (718) 690-3132 at your next opportunity.