Long Island Cyclist Hit and Killed by Vehicle
A cyclist from Long Island was hit and killed in an accident on the evening of Friday, December 20.
According to police, Sean Siegel of Huntington Station was riding his bike on Route 110 at approximately 7 p.m. when he approached the intersection of Route 110 and Jericho Turnpike. A 2015 Nissan Rogue was heading south and struck him, causing injuries that ultimately proved fatal. Siegel was transported to Huntington Hospital where he later passed away from his injuries.
The 48-year-old driver of the Rogue was not injured in the accident. Investigators were attempting to uncover more information about the accident, including the direction the bicyclist was heading at the time of the collision.
Cyclists have equal rights
It is important for both cyclists and motorists to remember that bicyclists technically have equal rights to drivers of cars and other vehicles on the roads. They are responsible for following all of the same rules of the road, including right-of-way rules at intersections and traffic signs and signals.
Many bicycle accidents occur because cyclists are not as easy to see as other vehicles, given they are smaller in profile, do not emit light and tend to be closer to the curb, seemingly out of the way. This is why it’s important for drivers to carefully scan the roadway for pedestrians or cyclists before proceeding through an intersection or making a turn, and why it’s also important for cyclists to have reflectors on their bikes and wear reflective and/or bright clothing after dark.
For more information about the steps you should take if you or a loved one are injured in a bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP.