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NYC Trucking Accidents Spotlighted by Renee Thompson's Death

New York City media and communty leaders have been focusing more on trucking accidents since 16 year-old Renee Thompson was tragically struck by a tractor trailer on New York's Upper East Side last week. She was leaving her part-time job at Dylan's Candy Store when a truck driven by Henry Panama ran her over. The driver never saw her, perhaps because he was driving the truck on the congested streets of Manhattan without a mirror. The truck also happened to be unregistered.

A young girl is dead and, besides public outrage, the only measure taken by authorities is to issue Mr. Panama a number of tickets for petty offenses like failing to yield the right of way, careless driving and driving an unregistered vehicle. Tickets? Something has to change.

Perhaps the young Renee Thompson's death was not entirely in vain, according to one writer. A New York Post opinion piece suggests that this tragedy may galvanize politicians, mayoral candidates in particular, to adjust the approach toward trucking accidents. Suggestions for change include the following:

  • Criminalizing certain accidents
  • Mandating rear-wheel guards on trucks
  • Requiring motion or contact sensors on trucks
  • An increase in pedestrian plazas

Traffic fatalaties remain a serious problem in New York City. Because the city is a congested area and a walking town, we will never completely rid New York of pedestrian deaths. But allowing for some change to improve the safety of our streets will go a long way in making sure that there are a lot fewer 'Renee Thompson' tragedies. If she is the reason for change, Renee Thompson will have made a difference in New York.

If you or a loved one has been injured after being hit by a truck or car, you need an aggressive and experienced attorney at your side. For decades, Block O'Toole & Murphy has been the firm in New York City for seriously injured victims.  They are known for their results, which include verdicts and settlements for more than $700,000,000, and for their willingness to fight for the underdog.  As a result of this reputtion, insurance companies and big businesses know that they will be in the fight of their lives when Block O'Toole & Murphy is on a case.

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Source:,"NYC Has Laws Restricting Big Trucks on City Streets. Are Companies Obeying?" by Ben Fried, Aug. 2, 2013.

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