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Bicycle Accidents

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

With the rising costs of automobile ownership in New York City, what with the outrageously high price for insurance and parking alone, our region offers an ideal climate for cycling enthusiasts. However, the tri-state area, specifically Manhattan and the other four boroughs, are also home to some of the nation's very worst motor vehicle drivers, and that amalgam can result in devastating, crippling, life-altering injuries for innocent cyclists.

We have all seen in the media incidents of cyclists being struck by careless drivers. It is all too common to read a newspaper or Internet report or watch on the evening newscast a story about a cyclist who was sideswiped, rear-ended, or flat-out slammed into by an automobile in midtown Manhattan.

When lucky, these cyclists will sustain only minor injuries. On occasion, such as when Michael Williamson got drunk at an Upper East Side nightclub called Onyx in December, 2012, then got into his car and struck cyclist Jonathan Bender on FDR Drive, death is the end-result.

Another cyclist named Joshua Carmichael lost his life on that very same route a little more than four years earlier when a limousine bus filled with partying bachelorettes slammed into him, an accident from which the driver ultimately left the scene before police arrived. Peter Dubois was eventually arrested and sentenced to one year in prison for his role in the incident.

Despite relentless calls to the mayor's office for better safety provisions for cyclists, accidents throughout the greater New York City region continue to occur. And with an increasing number of local residents are taking to the streets on bike, both as a means of saving money in the wake of the ever-increasing costs to buy, park, insure, and fuel cars, that number is almost certain to continue rising.

If you have been injured because of the negligence of a motor vehicle driver while riding your bicycle on the streets of New York City, we encourage you to call Simon Bennett Robbins Oppenheim & Taft to find out if a monetary award is possible.

For more than nine decades, the attorneys at Simon Bennett Robbins Oppenheim & Taft, one of the premier personal injury law firms in the tri-state region, have been holding accountable careless, negligent, and irresponsible parties responsible for injuries and death to our clients.

Instances of cyclists incurring injuries on the roadways of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx are serious matters that require a serious law firm with the requisite knowledge and competence to effect change. According to findings by the New York Department of Municipal Safety, there were 63 cyclists who were killed by motor vehicle drivers throughout The Empire State last year alone. One year earlier, there were only 22.

Until government officials in New York approve creation of an adequate number of bicycle lanes on public roads, and toughen the penalties against drivers who recklessly slam into and otherwise endanger cyclists, the problem is only going to worsen.

If you have lost wages, have experienced pain and suffering, or have been unable to fully enjoy the sport of cycling because of a bicycle accident in which you were involved, the personal injury lawyers at Simon Bennett Robbins Oppenheim & Taft would welcome the opportunity to help you receive a monetary award from the guilty party.

Simon Bennett Robbins Oppenheim & Taft looks forward to speaking with you soon.