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A 56-year old woman, whose name was not released, was seriously injured in an accident with a van on 6th Avenue in Manhattan. As reported by DNAINFO.COM, she was struck by a white van outside 1211 Sixth Ave., between West 47th and 48th streets, about 9:16 a.m. on Thursday. Witnesses report that she sustained a serious injury to her leg describing it as being mangled/ She was taken via ambulance to Bellevue Hospital.

Bicycling is a way of life for many residents of New York City. Bikes offer convenient and affordable transportation and are an excellent means of exercise and recreation for thousands. New York City has the highest rate of bicycle commuters of any city in the nation.

Individuals who have suffered a serious injury in a bicycle accident may face considerable financial strain. Depending on the severity of the injury, individuals may be forced to miss considerable time at work, causing them to lose essential wages. Injured cyclists may also face expensive medical bills which can cause significant harm if they lack insurance or the cost exceeds their coverage. In cases where the injured cyclist’s injuries prove fatal, their surviving family members may face serious financial hardships due to a permanently lost income. As a result, it is in the best interests of injured cyclists and their families to seek an experienced personal injury attorney.

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A woman in her 40s and her father were riding bicycles on Wednesday afternoon on New South Rd. in Hicksville, New York, when tragedy struck. According to a report by CBS New York, a passing SUV struck the unidentified bicyclists before striking another vehicle and finally crashing into a house. The female bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene and her father was taken to a local area hospital.

It was unclear if there would be criminal charges pressed against the driver of the SUV, as this may be a civil matter.

In order for an injured bicyclist to have grounds for a lawsuit, they must be able to prove that the driver of the vehicle acted negligently. A driver’s actions are negligent if they violated a duty of care. A duty of care is a legal obligation that individuals have to take certain precautions when performing an action that could potentially cause harm. Drivers have a duty of care to operate their vehicles in a responsible manner and uphold all the rules of the road.

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Bicycling is a way of life for many residents of New York City. Bikes offer convenient and affordable transportation and are an excellent means of exercise and recreation for thousands. New York City has the highest rate of bicycle commuters of any city in the nation, according to the 2000 U.S. Census. In June 2009, New York City finished adding 200 miles of bike lanes and other safety improvements to accommodate a 45 percent increase in cycling in the past three years. The large volume of bicyclists, however, makes accidents with pedestrians and motor vehicles more common than most people realize.

Our partner, Dallin Fuchs, explains how bicycle accidents have increased with the advent of the new bike sharing program:

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Bono, the lead singer of the popular band U2, suffered major injuries resulting from a bicycle accident in Central Park on Sunday. According to Rolling Stone, Dean Lorich, the orthopedic surgeon who operated on the singer, released a statement stating that Bono sustained a number of major injuries, including three fractures in his left shoulder blade, a fracture in his left humerous bone, a broken pinky finger, and a facial injury involving the orbit of his eye.

The accident occurred while Bono was riding his bike through Central Park. Bono attempted to avoid another rider before crashing in what doctors call a “high energy bicycle accident.” After crashing, the singer was rushed to the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Emergency Department where he underwent several X-rays and CAT scans. Following the test, Bono went under the knife for surgery for five hours. Bono’s elbow was so badly damaged that it required the insertion of three metal plates and 18 screws. The singer underwent surgery a second time the next day to repair a fractured pinky finger. While the injuries were severe and will require “intensive and progressive therapy,” the U2 lead singer is expected to make a full-recovery.

Bono’s injury should be a cautionary tale for any who frequently ride their bikes in Central Park or around New York City. In 2013 alone, 4,045 cyclists suffered injuries and 10 died from bicycling accidents in New York City. While some accidents may be the fault of the injured cyclists, many are the result of another party’s negligence. In these instances, many cyclists fail to understand their legal rights and don’t realize they can receive compensation for their losses.

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According to the Daily News, New York City’s Citi Bike program may be facing its first round of personal injury lawsuits. Lashonne Shelton, Howard Orlick, and Diane Mathes have all filed notice of claims against the city alleging that the placement of the Citi Bike docking stations are health hazards. All three plaintiffs have alleged that the placement of the bicycle racks caused them to trip, fall, and suffer injuries. All three plaintiffs have stated in their claims that they were injured due to a “trap-like” condition created by the structure of the bike racks.

While all three injuries were caused by tripping over the bicycle rack, the amount of money being sought by each plaintiff varies dramatically. Ms. Shelton is seeking just over $1 million following her trip and fall in lower Manhattan. Mr. Orlick is seeking $500 to cover his medical expenses following his injury near Union Square, where he claimed the bike rack created an optical illusion of the street and sidewalk. Ms. Mathes is seeking $5 million after suffering her injury on the East 20 th Street racks, claiming she suffered physical and psychological damages. Additionally, Ms. Mathes’ husband plans to sue the city for $250,000 claiming that he suffered a “loss of services” from his wife due to her injury.

In order for the plaintiffs to have a valid case, they must be able to prove that the city acted negligently in their placement of the bike racks. Furthermore, the plaintiffs must show that their injuries caused them to suffer either economic or non-economic damages. Economic damages are any financial loss caused by the injury, such as lost wages or medical bills that are uncovered by insurance. Non-economic damages are any kind of serious physical or emotional suffering caused by the injury.