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Long Island Cycling Crashes

Newsday recently reported that the cycling crash rate death on Long Island far exceeds that of New York City, Connecticut and New Jersey. Since 2005 a total of 64 People have been killed in cycling crashes in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. 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,

TSTC Analysis of Bike Fatalities (2007-2009)

Comparison of Long Island and New York City Bike Crash Fatalities

Region

Population

Bike Fatalities ’07-’09

Fatality rate per 100,000

Long Island

2,869,094

32

1.1

Suffolk County

1,514,547

21

1.4

Nassau County

1,354,547

11

0.8

New York City

8,349,629

59

0.7

Kings County

2,552,082

27

1.1

New York County

1,628,635

11

0.7

Queens County

2,291,022

13

0.6

Bronx County

1,390,575

8

0.6

Richmond County

487,316

0

0

To view Newsday's July 2011 Coverage of Long Island Bike Fatalities, click here.

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

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

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