A cyclist was recently killed after the bike she was riding was struck by a commercial truck. Police say the woman succumbed to her injuries suffered in the collision after spending five days in critical condition. When a New York resident is killed in a cycling accident due to the fault of another party or parties, the victim’s loved ones are typically entitled to file a wrongful death suit against those responsible.
The 29-year-old Kips Bay woman was pedaling her bike out of a Metro-North rail station when the accident occurred. The woman was pedaling to work at the New York Botanical Garden on April 27 around 9:30 a.m. She had recently started what her husband said was her dream job as a botanist intern. A 45-year-old upper-Manhattan man was turning left in a commercial truck onto another street at a reportedly high rate of speed and his front bumper struck the cyclist, the police and criminal complaint reported.
The woman was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. Five days later, the died, police said. Witnesses say that the cyclist had the right of way, according to the complaint. Both the cyclist and the bicycle were trapped under the vehicle and were dragged a short while before the truck came to a stop. The driver was charged with failing to yield the right of way and reckless driving.
If the driver ends up being convicted of any of the pending criminal charges against him, proof of this may help advance a related wrongful death claim in a New York civil court. When a fatal bicycle accident occurs in New York, the surviving family of the deceased victim typically choose to consult an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorney can determine what legal steps may be appropriate with regard to any potential claims for monetary damages based upon the negligence of another party to the collision.
Source: nydailynews.com, “Kips Bay cyclist hit by truck dies after five days in critical condition“, Ryan Sit and Graham Rayman, May 4, 2016