Long Island Cycling Crashes

Long Island Cycling Crashes and Bike Accidents

It is well documented that the cycling and pedestrian crash death rate on Long Island far exceeds that of New York City, Connecticut and New Jersey. Suffolk County continues to be more dangerous with a cycling death rate more than double the New York State average. The rates also remain high in Suffolk County due to the number of Hispanic immigrants of lower incomes who can't afford cars and utilize bicycles to get to and from work. In fact, 43% of the documented nationalities of death victims were Hispanic.

Long Island lacks wide shouldered lanes and marked bike lanes adding to the high rate of crashes. Lack of visibility of cyclists also adds to the high rate of crashes. A high number of accidents appear to occur between 7 and 11 PM. According to a Suffolk County Detective who investigates bike accidents, the most common excuse for the driver striking the cyclist is that they simply did not see them.

Tips to avoid being involved in a Cycle Crash on Long Island include:

  • Making yourself visible,
  • Ride on Roadways with Designated Bike Lanes,
  • If Lanes are Not Available, Ride on Wide Shouldered Roadways,
  • Avoid riding at Night,
  • If you must ride at Night, utilize lights,
  • Ride with the flow of traffic,

Roadway Defect Claims

Long Island roads are full of potholes and other road defects. However, claims against Long Island municipalities are much more difficult than those in New York City. Establishing prior written notice of the defect always remains a challenge. A claim may be bought if you can prove the municipality affirmatively created it. Long Island also remains difficult in determining who owns the road. This recent map by the Town of Hempstead will help identify owners in this Town.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a cycling crash or bike accident in Nassau or Suffolk, while riding in the Hamptons, or anywhere in Long Island, you need a competent and experience Long Island Cycling Attorney.

Additional Resources & Links:

Call or e-mail Flanzig and Flanzig, New York and Long Island's bike and cycling crash lawyers.

Real People, Real Stories

Read What Our Past Clients Have to Say About Us
  • From the moment I contacted Flanzig & Flanzig, I recognized Daniel's professionalism, legal expertise & was easy to talk to.

    “From the moment I contacted Flanzig and Flanzig, I spoke with Daniel and recognized his professionalism, legal expertise and that he was easy to talk to. I had recently been injured in a bicycle ...”

    - Michelle M.
  • THE best bicycle lawyer around

    “THE best bicycle lawyer around. Incredibly grateful to have Daniel's insights and assistance in navigating through uncharted territory. You will not be disappointed in reaching out to this law firm ...”

    - M
  • We are forever grateful for they’re team

    “I’m writing this review for my husband James McCollum he was in a serious motor bike accident last year Daniel, Rina, & Debbie were extremely professional and made everything easy up until the day he ...”

    - Amanda C.
  • The Flanzig & Flanzig team were truly professional.

    “This was my first time dealing with a personal injury lawyer but I was very impressed. Daniel Flanzig, Rina, Debbie, Kyle, and the rest of the Flanzig & Flanzig team were truly professional. Dan, we ...”

    - il Davide
  • I highly recommend Flanzig & Flanzig if you need a bike lawyer.

    “I could not have asked for a better representation or outcome than that which Daniel Flanzig and his team provided. I was doored while biking, which resulted in a shattered collarbone requiring ...”

    - Happy Client
/