New York Bicyclist Critically Injured In Collision With Minivan

by William Mattar | June 6th, 2012

June 6, 2012

A 48-year-old man riding his bicycle in the town of Wheatfield, New York, was seriously injured Tuesday morning after being struck by a minivan. Buffalo News reports that the accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

The victim was riding his bicycle southbound along the busy road when the 19-year-old driver of a minivan began making a left turn after southbound traffic had stopped to let him through. The driver and cyclist failed to see one another due to traffic blocking their line of sight and collided, leaving the cyclist unconscious and unresponsive.

Three good Samaritans, which included a nurse and a firefighter, stopped and rendered aid to the victim at the scene. They immediately began performing CPR, and continued to do so until a helicopter arrived at the scene to airlift the man to a local hospital.

The victim was still in guarded condition in the intensive care unit as of Tuesday afternoon.

The New York City Personal Injury Lawyers with the William Mattar Law Offices would like to remind both cyclists and motorists that the number one reason for New York Bicycle Accidents between cars and cyclists is the failure of the driver to see an oncoming bicycle. That is why the firm suggests that cyclists should not only wear a helmet at all times, but also remember to utilize lights and reflective clothing in order to make themselves more visible to cars.