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New York City resident Michelle Matson was hospitalized in 2010 after being hit by a car while bicycle riding in Brooklyn. Recently CNN (4/20/2012) reported that the NYPD chose not to investigate the New York bicycle accident at all. Now, one and a half years later the driver has neither been found nor charged.
In their reporting, CNN confirmed that the NYPD only investigates traffic accidents involving imminent or actual death. In a city where more and more cyclists are joining the cars on the road, the story is alarming to New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s personal injury law firms. According to CNN, bicycle accidents across the city are handled by one of 19 members of a special NYPD unit.
In 2010, 362 people were severely injured in bicycle accidents and 19 died, according to NYC Department of Motor Vehicles. A Williamsburg lawmaker is pushing for a law that would force police to investigate all serious bicycle-auto accidents in New York City, reported The Brooklyn Paper.
New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm support this new bill. “Bicyclists have the same rights on the road as cars and other motor vehicles,” said Perecman, a personal injury lawyer in New York who understands how the lives of bike accident victims, like Matson, can be changed forever due to the serious nature of injuries. New York personal injury lawyer Perecman has over 30 years experience representing seriously injured victims of bicycle accidents in New York.
“The lawyers in my firm and I take it upon ourselves to investigate clients’ bicycle accident injury claims by analyzing evidence, including photos, road conditions, property damage and reports made by the police in New York,” personal injury lawyer Perecman said.
“Then we use this information to determine liability and fight for justice, including the maximum compensation our client is due.” Individuals who have been seriously injured in an auto-bicycle accident, should contact experienced personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm.