NEW YORK – No one enjoys the morning commute – it takes time and effort and, in almost every case, it costs money. In New York, we have more options. Not only can you drive to work, millions of New Yorkers choose to walk. If your job isn’t within walking distance, there’s the train, the subway, the ferry, or the typical New York cab.
One of the fastest growing trends however is to commute via bicycle.
Whatever way you choose to commute, it can be a hassle. But few have a more difficult time than bicyclists. A Brooklyn bicycle accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says the infrastructure is already in place for most commuters but bicyclists don’t always have an avenue for their wheels.
“Pedestrians have sidewalks, cars have roads and trains have tracks in Brooklyn,” bicycle accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Although we’ve seen some improvements, there are big sections of Brooklyn that don’t have any bike lanes.”
According to the New York City Department of Transportation, Brooklyn has over 83 miles of protected bike lanes, which have reduced bike accidents by 20 percent where the lanes are available. While 83 miles sounds like a lot of ground to cover, it only covers 16 percent of Brooklyn’s road surface.
Bike lanes, or the lack of them, could have a real impact on road safety too. The number of cyclists killed by New York traffic in 2016 already matches the total number of deaths from 2015, according to the New York Times. And we’re just wrapping-up the eighth month of the year. With four more months to go, Brooklyn bicycle accident lawyers are urging drivers to be careful – especially roads without marked bike lanes.
“Bike lanes can be great for New York and they’re driving-up the number of bicyclists on city streets,” Barnes said. “It becomes a problem when cyclists get on a street that doesn’t have bike lanes – they’re entitled to use the road but they’re much more vulnerable than a driver so motorists must learn to share the road so we can avoid future tragedies.”
One such tragedy occurred this week on Graham Avenue near Scholes Street in Williamsburg. The New York Daily News reports a bicyclist is fighting for his life after an accident on Graham Ave., one of the many streets without a bike lane in Brooklyn.
The 33-year-old bicyclist flipped off his bike when a driver opened the door of their parked car on Graham Ave. The bicyclist was then run over by another vehicle, which remained on scene until first responders arrived in Williamsburg.
“Bicyclists who are struck by a vehicle could have a long and difficult recovery ahead,” Barnes said. “Our firm helps them and their families get the best result possible.
“We can help bicyclists get the medical attention they need and the best follow-up care. We also fully investigate the accident which includes just about everything: driving records of the motorists involved, road conditions, whether the street had a protected bike lane or not, we make sure we look at every aspect so that our clients get the recovery they need.”
The Brooklyn bicycle accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes also help crash victims recover lost wages, missing time from work, child care, transportation issues, and compensation for pain and suffering.
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