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Monday, July 31, 2017

Cyclist Killed by Bus in New York’s First Citi Bike Fatality

What Rights Do Surviving Family Members Have Following The Death of A Loved One In a Cycling Accident?

Bike sharing programs are cropping up in cities across the nation, serving as a creative way to alleviate some of the growing vehicle congestion and expanding access to alternative transportation options. New York’s Citi Bike Program is one such option where anyone with a credit or debit card can rent a bike and drop it off at any number of stations across the City.

Accommodating over 43,000 rides per day, it was just a matter of time before the country’s largest bike-share program encountered its’ first bicycle accident. Just this past month, 36-year-old investment banker, Dan Hanegby was killed while riding a Citi bike when he collided with a charter bus in Brooklyn. According to a New York Times article, Mr. Hanegby swerved to miss hitting a parked van and ran into the bus traveling next to him, ultimately being run over by the bus’s back tires.

Mr. Hanegby was survived by his wife and two children.

According to many New Yorkers, the city has not done enough to protect bicyclists on New York roads, noting that more cyclists were killed in 2016 than in previous years.

Survivors’ Rights to Pursue Wrongful Death Claims

Too many families are left to grieve the loss of a loved one, while contending with the stress of losing, not only companionship, but often the primary source of income for the family. While never being able to replace the loss of a loved one, pursuing a wrongful death claim against the parties liable for a loved one’s death is a way to alleviate some of the financial burdens while being able to go through the process of healing from the loss.

New York law allows the family members of individuals killed through the intentional or negligent actions of others to sue for compensation for things like:

  • loss of wages
  • loss of medical benefits
  • loss of retirement benefits
  • loss of social security benefits
  • loss of companionship
  • loss of parental care
  • pain and suffering that their loved one may have suffered before dying

The purpose of the wrongful death action is to make a family as whole as possible following the loss of a loved one. The law recognizes the difficulties that many families face trying to make sure rent and other bills get paid and that there is food on the table, when ultimately, they are just trying to assimilate to a life without their loved one.

If your loved one was killed by the actions of others, you do not have to walk this path alone. Talk to New York personal injury lawyer Arthur O. Tisi now at 1-917-789-1390 for a FREE consultation to better understand your rights to recover for the wrongful death of your loved one.


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