New York Works to Decrease Bicycle Accidents and Increase Safety

by | February 1st, 2013

Feb. 1, 2013

An article from CBS-New York recently discussed how the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) was preparing to begin stringent enforcement of bicycle laws across the city, after research showed a New York Bicycle Accident occurs roughly every three hours.

Data released by the NYCDOT showed there were a total of 754 bicycle accidents that resulted in three deaths during the last three months of 2011 alone. Experts believe the trend can be attributed to a lack of riders recognizing laws and safety rules when riding. Research conducted at Hunter College concluded after observing 5,000 cyclists that 37 percent ran red lights and bike lanes were used only around 30 percent of the time.

The findings have prompted the DOT to provide helmets, reflective vests, and lights to delivery riders across the city.

The Buffalo Injury Lawyers at William Mattar Law Offices believe the actions taken by the NYCDOT highlight the need for bicycle safety not only in New York City, but also across the entire state. Cyclists should always ride along the roads with traffic and in bike lanes when available. They should also remember to always use hand signals when turning or stopping, while also obeying all traffic signals.

The law requires those riding a bicycle to always wear a helmet. Putting on light-colored or reflective clothing will make a rider more visible to motorists, as will outfitting your bicycle with a headlight.