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Delivery bike riders face many risks on the road

Summer is here and city streets are crowded with assorted trucks, cars, bicycles and pedestrians. A great number of people choose to ride bikes to work in the good weather and drivers should remain alert and on the lookout for them in order to avoid motor vehicle accidents. In a tragic occurrence in New York, a young woman riding a bike was struck and fatally injured in an accident.

It was about 9:30 in the morning and the woman was on her bike and wearing a helmet when, according to witnesses, a truck hit her and did not stop. The woman was thrown up into the air by the force of the impact and landed a short distance away. Though she had been wearing a helmet, she suffered severe head trauma. She was transported to an area hospital but died as a result of her injuries.

The driver was detained a short distance from where the accident occurred. It is not known if speed contributed to the accident but witnesses claimed the truck was moving at a high rate of speed for the area. Sadly, deaths of delivery personnel who use their bikes for transportation is not a rarity. There were seven deaths in 2018 and to date there have been 10 in 2019.

A person in New York has the right to expect to go to work and be reasonably protected while on the job. People who observe safety procedures and wear proper equipment, such as helmets, believe they are doing their best to protect themselves. When other drivers fail to observe speed limits and other safety measures, tragic motor vehicle accidents can occur. A person who has lost a loved one in New York may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney. An experienced lawyer can review the facts of the accident and help to determine if a civil suit is a viable option.

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