Do Ride Share Programs Increase Bicycle Accidents? Lawyer Weighs In

bicycle ride share accidentBy Jeffrey Nadrich

Jeff Nadrich is a bicycle injury lawyer with Nadrich & Cohen, LLP. He has more than 25 years of experience successfully defending clients, and he continues to represent accident victims all across California.

Bicycle ride share programs are on the rise nationwide. From the Bay Area to Chicago to New York City, we’re seeing thriving programs that encourage everyday people to ditch their cars and commute by bike. As an avid rider myself, I find this to be an extremely positive development, but some analysts predicted early on that programs like these would lead to an uptick in bicycle injury accidents. Thankfully, this doesn’t appear to be the case, at least according to new research that looked at accident rates in New York City.

Bicycle Accident Rates in New York City – A Revealing Glimpse

The streets of Manhattan can be pretty chaotic and unpredictable, and if any city is bound to see its share of bicycle wrecks, it’s NYC. But a GIS specialist by the name of Tom Swanson recently compiled comprehensive data from the NYPD to compare bicycle accident rates before and after the NYC Citi Bike program was unveiled. What did the data find? As it turns out, bicycle injury accident rates have remained consistent.

The data looked at injury rates from the months between August 2011 and September 2013. For a bit of context, the Citi Bike program took effect in May of 2013. When comparing the same months year-over-year, the data found almost no distinction in the number of injuries, which is encouraging news when you consider that there are fare more cyclists on the road. In fact, there are more than 10,000 Citi Bike trips per day in New York City, and this doesn’t appear to be contributing to a greater number of injury accidents.

Have You Been in a Motorcycle Accident?

Though the news is extremely promising, accidents still do occur in ride share cities. If you have been the victim of such an accident, you need to see a doctor and then contact a qualified bicycle accident lawyer immediately. You may be entitled to compensation. But there are statutes of limitations within which you must file your claim, so the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to establish a strong case. Don’t hesitate another moment. Get the help you deserve.



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