The New York Parks and Long Island Region Safety departments report approximately 50 deaths to New York residents due to bicycle crashes and 2200 bicyclists New York bicyclists who require hospitalization for serious injuries. Brain injuries are responsible for about 40 percent of these hospitalizations. Overall, 75 percent of U.S. bicyclists hospitalized for head/brain injuries. Only 33 percent of those bicyclists have a chance for recovering without suffering some kind of disability.
Many drivers do not realize bicyclists have the same rights as drivers. This is one of the main reasons Long Island drivers put bicyclists at risk for injury. For example: (from BikeLeague.org):
Texting, eating, intoxication, daydreaming and reckless driving are other reasons for vehicle-caused bicycle accidents in Long Island.
Although most bicyclists practice safe, defensive bicycling practices, there will always be vehicle drivers who fail to practice good driving habits. If you or a loved one was hit by a driver while bicycling and sustained serious physical injuries, call William Mattar today to schedule a consultation appointment with an experienced bicycle accident attorney. Compensation may be available to pay for your damages.