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December 2015 Archives

Is Vision Zero an Attainable Goal? Should It Be?

vision zeronyc.jpgThis blog has frequently discussed Vision Zero, Mayor Bill de Blasio's strategy to eliminate pedestrian deaths in New York City. The program is working, but it raises questions as well, the biggest one being: How realistic is it to expect that no pedestrians will be killed on the streets of New York?

Food Poisoning in New York City

There are dozens of Chipotle restaurants in New York City. People eating at the fast food chain in New York City, like people in other cities across the country, have been exposed to bacteria that have caused sickness and possibly death in some places. As of Dec. 2, 2015, 52 people were known to be infected and made ill by Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26 (STEC 026). Of these 52, 90 percent (47 people) had reported eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill. Twenty people have been hospitalized.

Firm News: NYC Firm Block O'Toole & Murphy Dominates Again

*New York Law Journal's List Of Top Verdicts And Settlements For 2015* The results for 2015 are in, and Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP once again obtained more multi-million dollar personal injury results than any other firm in New York State, and by a wide margin. Each year, the verdicts and settlements collected by Verdict Search (an ALM Publication) are organized by category and published in the New York Law Journal. The 2015 edition was released this week, and we are proud to say that BOM's history of dominance has most definitely continued. Indeed, according to this annual list, BOM has had the most multi-million dollar awards in the State every single year since 2012.

Fatal Queens Pedestrian Accident Provides Platform for Legislators

pedestrianbusinesscrosswalk.jpgAre pedestrians to blame when they are injured or killed while walking on the streets of New York City? According to some state legislators, they are. Last week, a 17-year-old was struck and killed in the crosswalk at the Queens intersection of Northern and Junction boulevards. The driver sped away after striking the young man. State legislators representing the area held a news conference to talk about the dangers of distracted walking, according to a story in Gothamist.

New Regulation Should Prevent Truck Accidents

semi truck.jpgNew federal trucking regulations could reduce the number of fatigued truck drivers and trucking accidents in New York City. Since 1938, interstate truck drivers have been required to log their hours manually in a logbook. This changed recently, when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) updated the rules.

Here are the New York laws that pertain to cellphones and driving

One of the scariest things you can come across while driving down the road is a car being driven by someone who is looking down at their lap -- and the ghastly glow of a cellphone screen is lighting up their face. You instantly know: this person is texting while driving, and anything could happen at any moment while you are driving near them. They could fail to brake at the right time. They could swerve out of their lane. They could miss a red light.

Falling Bricks Frighten Tony Upper East Side Neighborhood

Residents of a tony upper east side neighborhood were left terrified after bricks and debris fell some 30 stories to the ground last evening. The bricks and debris fell from a building that was undergoing a renovation near First Avenue and East 63rd Street. Reportedly, a side of the building crumbled, converting the area from a tranquil oasis in the city to a panic-stricken zone of fear. An article in The New York Daily News quotes eyewitnesses as saying "The bricks flew all over the place. It was like an explosion."

Why suing your employer is more complicated than you think

Imagine that you are at work one day, and a terrible accident occurs. The cause doesn't necessarily in the moment. A fellow worker may have made a mistake while operating some machinery; or maybe a critical piece of equipment malfunctioned; or some objects in your workplace may have fallen onto you. Whatever the reason, you suffer some serious injuries, and as a result, you are given workers' compensation to help during your recovery.

National Rail Safety Regulations May Not Happen Anytime Soon

train crossing-337907_640.jpgAlthough there are far fewer freight railroads coming into New York City than in the past, there is still a surprising amount of rail traffic both entering and leaving New York. Moreover, there are several efforts underway to increase rail traffic into the city, including expanding Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx and constructing a major container port in Brooklyn. There is also talk of building another tunnel under the Hudson to carry freight trains.

3-car crash leaves 3 people dead outside of New York City

Three people were killed in a chaotic and tragic car accident recently just 30 miles outside of New York City. The wreck involved three vehicles, two of which were pulled over on the side of the road as a result of an earlier wreck. A pickup truck was pulled over on the side of the road when the driver of another car struck it. The driver of that car, a 23-year-old man, stopped to provide assistance.

Digging Into New York City's Sad Construction Safety Record

construction worker 3.jpgA recent New York Times story reported what those in the construction industry already knew: The current construction boom in New York City has brought with it a big increase in construction fatalities and deaths. What may not be so obvious is the effect of this among New York's immigrant community and especially among undocumented immigrants.

Fatal accidents accompany huge increase in NYC construction

New York City is in the middle of a construction boom. Buildings are being renovated and built at an incredible rate. Once-empty lots of land are filling up with incredible new structures, and once-dilapidated buildings are transforming before our very eyes into beautiful pieces of architecture. All of this construction seems like a good thing, and for the most part, it is. It means people have jobs, businesses are doing well and the whole city is looking better as a result.

Fatal Brooklyn Crash Results in Charges, Questions

Our blog has reported on the seeming unwillingness of the New York Police Department to ticket or charge drivers who cause injury or death because of their negligence. However, the death of a retired police officer on Thanksgiving Day showed that at least in some cases, officers are willing to issue charges.