According to the Mayor’s 2016 Management Report, cyclist deaths have risen by 25 percent in a twelve month period ending from July 2015 to June 2016.
Twenty cyclists were killed from traffic crashes compared to 16 deaths in the same period in 2015. However, overall traffic fatalities fell 5.2 percent to 236 deaths from 249 deaths in the previous year.
The number of cyclist deaths began increasing in July 2015 when Matthew von Ohlen was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver in Williamsburg, according to safe street advocates. Van Ohlen was already the twelfth cyclist to be killed that year.
Advocates are pushing for stricter laws to punish rogue drivers.
The attorneys at Morgan Levine Dolan have recovered millions of dollars for those who have been injured in a car accident or any other type of incident involving motor vehicles. If a loved one has been involved in a car crash, please contact Jared Levine of Morgan Levine Dolan at 212-785-5115 today.