Bicyclist Hospitalized After Failure to Yield to Traffic
A bicyclist was transported to the hospital with serious injuries after failing to yield to a vehicle at a busy intersection on Long Island.
According to police, the 24-year-old male cyclist from Centereach was riding his bike and went through the intersection of Boyle Road and Old Town Road in Terryville. A 73-year-old woman driving a 2020 Hyundai had the right of way, and could not avoid a collision with the cyclist.
The accident occurred at approximately 5:37 p.m.
The man’s condition was considered serious, and he was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment. The woman in the vehicle sustained no injuries and stayed at the scene to assist responders and investigators.
Cyclists must follow the rules of the road as well
We often hear of failure to yield accidents in which a driver fails to yield the right of way to a cyclist. However, it’s important to note that the same rules of the road that apply to motor vehicles also apply to cyclists who are on their bike in the street. This means all cyclists are responsible for following the same right-of-way rules as drivers. They are required to stop at stop signs and stoplights, and to wait until it is clear and they have the right of way to proceed.
Of course, it is still crucial for drivers to pay careful attention to their surroundings. Bicyclists can be difficult to notice because they lack the size of motor vehicles, do not make as much noise and do not give off as much light, even if they have a light on their bike.
For more information about the steps you should take if you’ve been injured in a bike accident, contact a trusted personal injury attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.