Brooklyn man says pandemic has delayed personal injury case 2 years after his bicycle accident
A personal injury case dating back two years ago involving a Brooklyn resident is just one of the many cases postponed due to the pandemic.
Daniel Moran has been living in pain and now needs a cane to walk up the stairs.
"I have pain. I can't walk fast," Moran says. He adds that he was left with permanent injuries and scars after he and his wife were struck by a Frito-Lay delivery truck on Morgan Avenue while they were riding their bikes in the bike lane two years ago.
"After my accident, I see a lot of different doctors. I had four different surgeries in my neck, in my two shoulders, in my back" Moran says.
He explained to his lawyer, Matthew Haicken, that he feels getting his chance in court is the only way he will get justice.
"There's even a sign right here that you'll see on Morgan Avenue that says 'left turning vehicles yield to bicyclists.' Frito-Lay knew there was a bike lane here. The liability is pretty clear," Haicken says.
Haicken says in all his years practicing law, since the pandemic hit, he feels big corporations are taking advantage of the system and stalling to offer potential settlements.
"The only time a defendant, a corporation or their insurance company has to pay in a lawsuit is when the jury says they have to. They haven't offered a penny," he says.
New 12 reached out to Frito-Lay for their side of the story and they declined to comment, saying only, "Frito-Lay generally cannot comment on pending litigation."
The bike lane is labeled but not blocked off from the street. There is nothing that separates one from the other, which is something Moran hopes will change given that the route is busy for commuters either biking or driving.
"You can see the sign says, 'Left turning vehicles yield to bicyclists, yields to bicycles.' The sign, it couldn't be any clearer," Haicken adds.