Sunday, August 12, 2012
Lots of people getting hurt by bicyclists
From the Daily News:
As the number of commuter bike riders has quadrupled in the last decade, so have the number of bike-vs.-pedestrian accidents, city officials and emergency room doctors told The News.
Emergency room doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital say they’re constantly seeing patients hit by bikes — many of them from Central Park accidents.
“We are in the highest risk zip code,” said Dr. Adam Vella, director of Mount Sinai’s pediatric emergency room — just across the street from the park on Fifth Ave. at 99th St.
“If the bike goes over the toddler, we can see liver and spleen lacerations,” said Vella, who said that head and neck injuries are common among kids hit by bikes.
Dr. Lewis Goldfrank, chairman of emergency medicine at Bellevue Hospital and NYU Medical Center said the danger is real.
“Anything can happen to a pedestrian — from being killed to being maimed, to having fractures, head trauma, and chest trauma,” Goldfrank said. “We see it all the time.”
A recent Hunter College study found that at least 500 New Yorkers are treated in hospitals annually after getting hit by bicyclists. NYPD statistics show 292 biking accidents occurred in the city in the first seven months of this year — 65 in Central Park alone. But the danger isn’t confined to that park.
Last year, two women were nearly killed in collisions with bicyclists in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park — leaving one in a coma for days and the other with severe brain damage.