Two Injured in Bicycle, Truck Accident on Adams Street in Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, New York — November 15, 2023, two people were injured following a bicycle versus dump truck accident at around 3:06 p.m. on Adams Street.
According to current information in the news, the collision happened at the intersection of Adams Street and Tillary Street.
Details suggest that a 54-year-old and a 29-year-old were both on a single bike at the time going northbound along Adams. They were reportedly in the bike lane going toward the Brooklyn Bridge. As they crossed Tillary, a westbound dump truck struck the bicyclists.
Due to the collision, the 54-year-old reportedly had critical injuries while the other rider was left in stable condition, authorities say. The truck driver stayed at the scene to speak with police. The cause of the collision is unconfirmed at this time, and no charges have been reported.
In New York, bicycle and pedestrian accidents tend to get more attention due to how important foot and bike traffic are in the big city. There are plenty of advocacy groups always trying to shine a light on safety and what they perceive to be issues with road design or local commercial vehicle drivers.
But ultimately, these situations usually come down to who had the right-of-way. Things aren't always so simple, of course. For example, a car driver wouldn't get a free pass if they hit someone who was standing in the middle of the road and clearly visible and far away enough to avoid. They'd still have a responsibility to avoid that person if reasonably possible.
That's why I'm hoping authorities here are taking advantage of how many cameras there are around New York City and the boroughs to help shed light on how all of this could have been avoided.