What seems like a minor collision between an automobile and a bicycle can cause significant personal injuries or death to the bicyclist, simply because he or she lacks the protection of a car.
New York, NY (PRWEB) May 12, 2010
As National Bike Month shifts into high gear for the remainder of May, attorney David Resnick cautions that the nature of bicycling means that complacency about safety can be deadly.
“What seems like a minor collision between an automobile and a bicycle can cause significant personal injuries or death to the bicyclist, simply because he or she lacks the protection of a car,” says Resnick, a New York personal injury attorney whose law firm, David Resnick & Associates, PC, represents victims of New York City bicycle accidents in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
The Department of Transportation says more NYC residents than ever before are using bicycles and that, because of the increased number and visibility, cyclists are safer than ever.
The Department of Motor Vehicles reported fewer cyclist injuries in 2009 than 2008, with 2,730 cyclists hurt and 12 killed in traffic crashes in New York City last year, compared to 2,916 injuries and 26 deaths in 2008. The DMV says the trend stretches back more than a decade.
The increase in cycling is in part because of the initiatives to expand bike lanes throughout New York City streets and to increase safety awareness among cyclists. The city is also sponsoring multiple daily activities throughout May as part of Bike Month NYC.
Nationally, the League of American Bicyclists is promoting Bike-to-Work Week May 17 to 21 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 21.
Resnick, a native New Yorker, applauds the efforts of the city as well as the cyclists themselves. “More cycling is great for the health of the environment and great for the health of the individuals participating,” he says.
“But when a bike accident does occur,” Resnick continues, “serious injuries or fatalities are more likely, and in many such accidents, the driver of a motor vehicle is at fault.”
About David Resnick & Associates, PC
David Resnick & Associates, PC provides professional and compassionate legal assistance to victims of injury and negligence. Founded in 1998, the firm is experienced at handling multiple types of injury and negligence cases, including bicycle accidents, pedestrian injuries, hit and run, trip and fall, construction accidents, premises liability and other kinds of personal injury and wrongful death claims.
David Resnick & Associates serves clients in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and all of New York City. Mr. Resnick can be reached at (212) 279-2000 or through his website.