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Bicyclist hospitalized after head-on collision in Lindenhurst

December 30, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

(LONG ISLAND, December 2019) — A 34-year-old man was biking westbound in the eastbound lane of Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst on Sunday night when he was struck by a 2003 Hyundai Sonata. The bicyclist was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center where he was reported to be in critical condition. The driver of the Hyundai was not injured, but a male passenger in the vehicle was treated for minor injuries.

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Mount Sinai professor killed in bus-bike accident near Central Park

December 23, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

(NEW YORK, December 2019) - A 50-year-old Mount Sinai professor was killed on Wednesday when his bike hit a patch of ice on 96th Street and Fifth Avenue, causing him to fall in front of a passing school bus. The cyclist, Dr. Daniel Cammerman, was transported to Mount Sinai hospital one block away from the scene, where he was pronounced dead. 

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Long Island bicyclist hit and killed in tragic accident

December 23, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

(LONG ISLAND, December 2019) — Sean Siegel of Huntington Station was struck and killed by a 2015 Nissan Rogue when he was bicycling on Route 110 and Jericho Turnpike on Friday evening. He was taken to nearby Huntington Hospital where he died from his injuries. The driver of the Nissan, Dominik Amorosa, did not sustain any injuries. 

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What Are Dooring Accidents?

November 26, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

As anyone who lives in New York knows, cyclists and motorists have a responsibility to share busy streets and must exercise caution at all times to avoid serious accidents. But did you know that in New York City and New York State, it is a violation of the Vehicle and Traffic law to open a vehicle door into moving traffic? 

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Vision Zero Might Not Be Working, As Traffic Deaths Continue to Rise

October 17, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For the first time since Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his signature “Vision Zero” safety program at the beginning of 2014, traffic-related fatalities in New York City are on the rise. Designed to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2024 through a series of policy changes, the program seemed to be paying off despite a rise in the total number of traffic incidents. But that appears to be changing in 2019, as the city has been rocked by a series of high-profile tragedies — and many are laying the blame at de Blasio’s doorstep.

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Truck crash kills teen cyclist in Queens

September 23, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A 14-year-old cyclist was killed in a truck accident in Queens on Saturday. According to the Daily News, the victim was Mario Valenzuela, of Astoria. Valenzuela was struck while riding his bicycle on Borden Avenue under the Pulaski Bridge in Long Island City at 1:55 p.m. 

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Multiple Bicycle Accidents at Same Intersection

July 26, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An incident in Connecticut is drawing attention to the fact that some intersections are the site of recurrent bicycle-car accidents.  A six year old boy on a bicycle was struck and killed by a car in Bristol, Connecticut on July 24th, 2018 while at an intersection where a bike path meets a road.  This is the third fatal accident involving a child on a bicycle at that intersection.

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Death of Legend to Draw Attention to Bicycling Risks

April 19, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Mike Hall is a legend in the world of endurance cycling, having held a variety of world records.  But fame and fortune are not enough to protect even a legend from a deadly interaction between bicycle and car.

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When “The Greatest Show on Earth” Folds Its Tent

February 01, 2017 | Leonard L. Finz

I remember how excited I was when my parents told me we were going to the circus. I’m going back more than 80 years, when the famed Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus was an annual fixture at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. As a youngster how could I not be overwhelmed by the brassy music, the trapeze, the clowns, the elephants, the smells of the menagerie, and the total atmosphere of merriment, madness, and joy? The circus has just closed its doors forever and its tent has come down permanently.

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CitiBike Expansion Continues in an Effort to Take More Cars off NYC Roads

December 01, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When the Citi Bike program launched in New York City in 2013, residents were skeptical about and even opposed to the concept of a bicycle sharing program in the Big Apple. Now, three and a half years later, Citi Bike is the largest ride share program in the U.S. As it continues to grow, officials are looking to expand into more of the five boroughs to try to remove commuters from cars and give residents an alternate form of transportation.

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Bicycle Accidents Can Happen Anywhere at Any Time

April 28, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

As the weather continues to warm up, more bicycles begin to appear on our roads and highways. Whether as a form of recreation and exercise, or as alternate means of commuting, riding a bicycle can be dangerous. The New York area has already seen serious bicycle accidents this spring so it is important to step back and remind ourselves of the ways to minimize the risks of being involved in one.

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Bicycle Accidents: Known But Not Acted Upon

February 13, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The story plays out the same way again and again.  No one pays much attention to bicycle safety until a cyclist is struck by a car and either badly injured or killed.  The local media finally brings attention to the dangers of being a bicyclist surrounded by massive automobiles, and city councils or state governments move to change laws to make things safer.  But by the time the new law comes up for a vote, everyone has forgotten about the terrible tragedy, and nothing ever changes.

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Bicycle Accidents: A Model Case

November 25, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Being pretty is no protection.  Some people seem to lead charmed lives, as if nothing can ever go wrong for them.  They are rich and attractive.  They have good jobs and wonderful friends.  They have beautiful spouses and take wonderful vacations around the world.  But none of these things offer protection against bad things happening to any of us.

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Bike Riding Healthy, Yet Potentially Dangerous

May 01, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Riding a bicycle is an exuberant activity that all ages can enjoy. Schoolchildren ride bikes to get to and from school and visit friends. College students tool around campus to get to and from class and to their dorms or apartments. Families enjoy riding bikes together on warm, spring days. Riding a bike provides a practical activity for adults who want to improve their health and reduce their carbon footprints.

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Summer’s Here: Watch the Road for Kids on Bikes

June 27, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A California town sponsored a Ride of Silence bicycling event, and recently honored a 12-year old who was killed in September 2012 while riding her bike on a busy street.  Hailey Ratliff was killed when a commercial truck driver made a hasty decision to avoid upcoming construction and turned in the path of Hailey who was riding her bike along the side of the road.  While heroic in the community’s efforts to honor Hailey’s spirit, the event is a just a sad reminder of how children fall in the line of fire with bicycle injuries and death all the time.

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Bicycle Accidents: Wearing A Helmet To Protect Against Injury

March 19, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

As parents, we worry about our kids any time they venture from home, from little ones riding a bike to a friend’s house, to older ones embarking on their first major off-road adventure.  Their safety is our main concern.  Many kids may have even received bikes this holiday season.  After all, a two-wheeler is a right of passage for those who graduate from training wheels to a bigger and better style of transportation.  And, biking continues to be a recreation sport for adults as we purchase mountain bikes of various styles and features. The more expensive the better.

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