Bicyclists in the City are very vulnerable to the vagaries of New York’s drivers.
New York, NY (PRWEB) July 30, 2012
The Citi Bike program being launched sometime this summer in New York will bring approximately 10,000 new bikes to the city, and while the anticipation of greater access to bicycle transportation is great, so too is the potential for danger. No one wants to think about the possible negative consequences of more bikers on New York’s streets, but the reality is that more bikers means more crashes.
Edward Goodman, a partner with Simonson Hess Leibowitz & Goodman and avid biker himself, is glad to see more people biking but is cautious in his optimism about New York’s Citi Bike program. “Bicyclists in the City are very vulnerable to the vagaries of New York’s drivers,” Goodman says. “The slightest negligence on the part of a driver changing lanes or turning without looking carefully can be fatal to someone on a bicycle.”
More bicyclists in New York can indeed mean more serious bike accidents. New York City Comptroller John Liu recognizes this and has warned the City about the potential for an increase in bicycle accidents and injuries with the “bikeification” of New York. According to the New York Times, Liu said in a statement: “In the rush to place ten thousand bicycles on our streets, City Hall may have pedaled past safety measures.”
Bicyclists can individually take safety measures, but they are still vulnerable on the streets and generally not prepared for the possibility of a bicycle crash and the tragedy of serious injury. This is where expert bicycle accident attorneys who treat every client as an individual can help. The lawyers at Simonson Hess Leibowitz & Goodman understand that bicyclists have rights on the road, and when accidents occur due to motorists’ negligence, bicyclists may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, medical treatment, and the expert legal representation they deserve.
The lawyers at Simonson Hess Leibowitz & Goodman have been representing accident victims for more than thirty years. They have recovered money for clients in 98% of the cases they have handled. They are prepared to help victims of bicycle crashes get the compensation they deserve and the medical treatment they need.