New York City’s streets are seeing more bicycle riders than ever, which is good news for the environment and auto drivers tired of traffic congestion. Unfortunately, 2019 saw a record number of cyclist deaths.
New York’s laws set expectations for motorists and cyclists alike; both need to follow certain rules as they share the road. If you are in a vehicle-bicycle collision, you may need help with medical care and financial support. As a cyclist in New York City, here is what you need to know.
Laws, safety principles and etiquette can all influence cyclists’ actions. Cyclists over the age of 12 should ride in the street, with traffic, in bike lanes where present. They should also follow traffic laws such as heeding stop signs and signaling turns. Safe, courteous cyclists look out for the safety of themselves and others on the road, including pedestrians.
Intersections are often danger zones. Motorists may not come to a complete stop even in the presence of a stop sign or traffic signal. Car and truck drivers often fail to estimate a cyclist’s speed accurately. Drivers may mistakenly think they have enough time to turn before a cyclist reaches the intersection.
Visibility can be a problem for cyclists. A bike’s small size means it may be in a car’s blind spot much longer than a motor vehicle would. This can lead to an auto driver striking or side-swiping the bicycle. A driver exiting a vehicle may fail to see a cyclist approaching. The opening door can injure the cyclist or force the cyclist into traffic.
When auto and bicycles collide, the cyclist usually bears the brunt of the injuries. If you are in a collision, get the medical care you need. You should not suffer due to an auto driver’s negligence.