When Mayor de Blasio adopted a Vision Zero Initiative plan for New York
City, the goal was not only to prevent all
pedestrian deaths through accident awareness and improved road conditions, but to also protect
bicyclists in the city. Distracted driving and road hazards frequently
put cyclers at serious risk of being in a
bicycle accident. Even when wearing a helmet and other safety gear, a bicyclist could be
severely injured in a low-speed collision with a car. But just how widespread
is the problem?
Examining the issue using New York City Department of Transportation (DOT)
statistics creates a clearer picture:
25%: According to a recent survey handled by the NYC Department of Health and
Hygiene, 25% – or 1,594,000 people – of New York City residents
ride a bicycle throughout the city, either to avoid traffic, for leisure,
or for exercise at least once a year. About half of that survey population
ride “several times a month.”
2.35: For everyone one million cycling trips in a year, 2.35 bicyclists in New
York City will be struck and killed or severely injured in a bicycle accident.
This number has actually decreased dramatically since 2000, when it was
more than three times as high, which could be evidence of Vision Zero’s
1: In 2015, only one bicyclist lost their life in an accident that involved
no pedestrian or vehicle. Only one New York City bicyclist perished in
an accident that involved a pedestrian and no vehicle.
14: However, in 2015, a total of 14 bicyclists lost their lives in bicycle
accidents involving or caused by a motor vehicle. Another 4,433 suffered
injuries that required medical attention.
The statistics are evidence of the dangers that distracted drivers create
for bicyclists, especially when considering that the incidence of bicyclist
fatality is 14 times greater when a motor vehicle is involved in the crash.
For these reasons and more, it is often determined that a negligent driver
is the cause of NYC bicycle accidents, rather than the inverse.
If you would like to review NYC DOT bicycle accident statistics yourself,
click here to visit the organization’s official website. If you or someone
you love was hurt in a bicycle accident, you should schedule a
free initial consultation with our New York City personal injury attorneys at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell
& Ryan LLP. With more than 150 7-digit settlement and verdict amounts
under our belts, you can be confident that we have the skill and know-how
to manage your case effectively.