Bono May Never Play Guitar Again as a Result of a New York City Bike Accident: Highlights Risk of Personal Injury for Bicyclists in New York City
Last November, U2 front man and singer, Bono, was in a devastating bicycle accident in New York City’s Central Park. The accident has left Bono facing on-going rehabilitation. Billboard reports that Bono broke his arm in six places and fractured an eye socket in the accident. New York Presbyterian/ Weil Cornell Medical Center revealed to the BBC that Bono underwent two surgeries following his accident. Bono’s arm fracture required a five-hour surgery where three metal plates and 18 screws were surgically placed. The singer also reportedly fractured his shoulder blade and underwent surgery on his hand.
In addition to leaving the singer immobile and facing weeks of recovery, the accident may have consequences on Bono’s ability to perform in a professional capacity.
Bono wrote about the accident on U2’s Website. In a January 1st post, Bono writes: “As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again.”
Bono doesn’t recall how the accident occurred. He explained that on his 50th birthday, he chose to overindulge in boxing and cycling and doesn’t recall the circumstances that led to the accident. Entertainment Weekly reports that the accident took place when Bono attempted to avoid hitting another bicyclist while biking in central park.
Bono’s accident highlights the real risk that New York City bicyclists face whenever they ride on city roadways. According to the New York City Department of Transportation, in 2013 alone there were over 1,000 bike accidents in Manhattan. In Brooklyn, over 1,500 bicyclists were injured in 2013. The citywide total for bike injures in 2013, was 3,884.
BikeNYC.org offers important legal information for bicyclists who have been in an accident. Because bikers are more likely to suffer serious injuries, bikers are more likely to face longer recovery times for their injuries, missed time at work, and require extensive medical care. New York drivers are required to carry “no fault” auto insurance that should cover a bicyclist in the event the biker collides with a car. The insurance policy should pay for medical bills, missed time on the job, and also pay for other benefits. New York’s basic automobile insurance will pay up to $50,000 in medical expenses and cover up to $2,000 a month for lost wages.
Bikers who have been in an accident with a car need to report their injuries within 30 days of the accident in order to receive benefits.
Because insurance companies will only pay a limited amount when it comes to medical expenses and lost wages, many personal injury victims seek additional damages through a personal injury case. Additionally, not all bike accidents in New York involve automobiles. Sometimes bicyclists collide with one another, with pedestrians, or with obstructions placed in the road. If this is the case, insurance policies won’t protect these injured individuals.
In the case of Bono’s accident, no motor vehicle was involved and it is unlikely that automobile insurance would cover this kind of claim. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford the sometimes highmedical expenses involved following a bike accident. Furthermore, a person’s earning potential can be severely limited after a severe injury. Bono will not be making appearances nor will he be touring early this year. For everyday civilians, a similar hiatus from work could be devastating.