Although New York City is known for mass transit like the subway system, there’s also plenty of automobile traffic on the streets. And sharing the road can be difficult. Many cyclists are hit by drivers and passengers opening doors. Others are struck by the vehicles as they’re travelling. In 2019, over two dozen bicyclists were killed on New York City streets.
A changing trend
Cyclist fatalities in NYC in 2019 and 2020 were well above the 2018 total. This uptick has happened in spite of an increase in the number of bike lanes throughout the city. Bicycle accidents often happen at the same few problematic intersections. Manhattan and Brooklyn are particularly dangerous for people on bicycles.
The most dangerous streets
The intersection of 6th Avenue and West 23rd Street in Manhattan has been one of the worst locations for cyclists in recent years. In 2019, there were over 20 injuries and one death there. The large number of oversized delivery vehicles in the neighborhood is a factor. Activists say that improving visibility for bicycle lanes could make a difference.
Jay Street is one of Brooklyn’s key thoroughfares. The site where it intersects with Tillary is one of the most dangerous places for cyclists in Brooklyn. In 2019, there were over 20 injured cyclists there. People who commute by bicycle are often near there to cross over the bridges into Manhattan.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to a bicycle accident in New York City, it’s a good idea to contact a lawyer. While insurance companies will make settlement offers, these are often artificially low. Having an advocate may increase the chance of getting sufficient compensation.