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New York City Cyclist Injured After Collision with Bus

In late July 2014, a cyclist on the Hudson River Greenway was severely injured by a NY Waterway Shuttle bus in Hell’s Kitchen (NY Waterway buses cross the greenway to access the 39th Street ferry terminal).

According to New York City Fire Department, the crash took place at 40th Street at approximately 9:42 a.m.  Bystanders reported that the cyclist and the NY Waterway bus collided, thus resulting in the cyclist being dragged under the bus’ front wheel. The bicyclist was transported to Bellevue Hospital and was reported to be in serious condition. When contacted about the incident, the NYPD’s public information department said that office had no official details on the crash.

In 2013 alone, there were 3884 reported crashes involving motor vehicles that resulted in injury to the bicyclist in New York City and the five boroughs. Unofficial sources suggest that two pedestrians and one cyclists may be hit, on average, once an hour in New York City.

Recent data has shown that the major cause for crashes, 40 percent to be exact, was caused by drivers was pulling in front of bicyclist, particularly while attempting to make a right turn just after passing the bicycle. Improper turning on behalf of the driver was reported to cause 15 percent of collisions, while running a traffic light or stop sign resulted in 12 percent of motor vehicle caused bicycle accidents.

If you or a loved one have been injured while on a bicycle, contact a skilled New York bike accident attorney at Ernest Holzberg & Associates for more information on your legal rights and remedies.


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