Accidents in New York are not uncommon. Given the number of people constantly moving within the city, the probability is high that someone will sustain an injury because of someone else’s negligence. However, this does not mean that it is okay. All bicyclists, drivers, and pedestrians have a responsibility to adhere to the laws of the road and streets. When an individual is not careful, he or she can cause extensive damage.
That is what happened with 58-year-old Jill Tarlov. A bicyclist struck her while she was crossing the street near the west side of Central Park. According to reports, the 31-year-old cyclist said he swerved in order to avoid hitting another group of pedestrians. A vendor selling food says he heard someone yell, “Move!” before the accident occurred.
Tarlov fell on the concrete and hit struck her head. An emergency team took her to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She was in critical condition when she arrived and died five days later. The cyclist was taken to Mount Sinai Roosevelt where he was treated for injuries to his shoulder and arm.
Pedestrian injuries are all too common in New York. The New York Police Department is attempting to decrease the number of accidents that occur each year due to unsafe biking practices. The initiative is called Operation Safe Cycle and aims to have bike riders follow the rules. Law enforcement officers are targeting bicyclists for any violations they commit.
It is important for people to understand that bicycles are considered vehicles, just like cars and motorcycles. As such, they have a responsibility to be safe. If you or a loved one was injured because of a bicyclist, you may have grounds to seek compensation. Contact our New York Personal injury attorneys at The Perecman Firm to schedule a free consultation.