New York City Bicycle Accidents
New York City Bicycle Accidents Victims
In 2013, more than 41.7 total bicycle lane miles were planned in New York City. In fact, a total of 366.4 miles of bike lanes were built in New York City between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2013. Sadly more bike lanes means more bicycle accidents. According to theNew York City Department of Transit, in 2012 alone there were more than 4,207 bicycle accidents in New York City that caused injuries. Even worse, of these bicycle accidents, there were 277 fatalities. More information can be found here.
Common New York City Bicycle Accidents
The most common New York City bicycle accident is referred to as dooring. Dooring refers to colliding with the door of a car unexpectedly opened. New York law requires caution in opening car doors into traffic lanes, yet victims of dooring often encounter face injury and sometimes death.
New York City Bicycle Accidents Law
Victims of New York City bicycle accidents are protected under common law negligence. Additionally, the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1214 states “No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic, and until it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic, nor shall a person leave a door open on the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.”
If you have been a bicycle accident victim by a taxi cab, there are also New York City taxi rules that will protect you.