The fatal delivery truck accident occurred at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. According to witnesses, the accident occurred because the cyclist attempted to squeeze between the truck and the curb while the truck was waiting for traffic to pass. The driver never saw the cyclist, and when the way was clear, he simply drove forward, clipping the bicyclist in the process. The cyclist fell from his bike, tumbled under the truck and was killed instantly.
Delivery Truck Accidents Involving Bicyclists
Accidents involving beer trucks and other larger delivery vehicles are a growing concern in cities like New York. These trucks are very large and have a number of blind spots. Furthermore, they have to compete with a rising number of cyclists and, to a lesser extent, pedestrians. Vehicle accidents involving delivery trucks are bad enough, but truck accidents with bicyclists are usually fatal or at least lead to significant injury.
Cyclist Responsibility to Abide By Rules Of The Road
Although much of the focus with truck accidents with bicyclists is on the drivers’ responsibilities and cyclists’ rights, terrible cases like this one emphasize the responsibility of the bicyclist. By law, the bicyclist must give the truck his right of way. Since there was no dedicated bike lane at that corner, the bicycle and the truck had to share it. Since the truck was there first, it was his right of way, and he likely had no way of seeing the cyclist due to the blind spots.
A Horrible Situation When Drivers Fail To See Cyclists
The driver did not even realize that the accident had taken place. One of the witnesses flagged him down a half a block later and told him. Stunned, the driver stopped his truck and returned to the scene. Police got there quickly, and based on reports from witnesses, it was clear that the driver was not at fault. The police covered the body in white sheets, which quickly soaked in blood. Although the driver was given permission to leave, the police had to call the ambulance for him as he began suffer a panic attack and the effects of elevated blood pressure from the shock.