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April 2017 Archives

Tort recoveries for pedestrian accidents may be a deterrence

Pedestrians are unintended targets for New York City drivers who think that they have to drive faster, smarter and tougher than their competitors on the roads. This sometimes makes the city look like a bumper car game at a local amusement park. But games do not end in death, whereas careless and reckless operating of motor vehicles within the city has resulted in many pedestrian accidents and deaths.

Truck accidents claim many lives each and every year

New York City residents understand the dangers inherent in road travel. The sheer volume of people who share the roadways is staggering, and it comes as no surprise that accidents can and will happen. However, it should also be said that when a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, he or she accepts responsibility for the safety of others on the road. That is a heavy burden, as car and truck accidents seriously injure or claim the lives of thousands of people each and every year.

NY City Council advocates law to reduce construction accidents

In the past two years, the New York City construction industry has reported at least 30 deaths related to construction workplace accidents. A recent bill proposed by the New York City council will require additional safety training for workers in an effort to reduce the number of deaths and accidents in the construction industry.

Construction accidents involving cranes are a growing problem

Crane accidents are a notorious cause of injury and death in the construction industry nationwide, including in New York City. The problem has been recognized by federal regulators, and later this year it is expected that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will issue new crane safety rules. One area that has received consensus is the need for increased operator training to reduce the number of crane-related construction accidents.

Worker pinned under 7-ton hammer after crane cable snapped

A 41-year-old construction worker was seriously injured at a commercial construction site near 126th Street and 82nd Avenue in Kew Gardens, Queens earlier this month, as reported by New York Daily News. At around 10:20am on Wednesday April 5th, the cable attaching an I-beam to the crawler crane snapped, and the load fell on the worker's lower legs, pinning him underneath it.

Bicycling deaths from car accidents increase citywide in 2016

Although overall traffic deaths in New York City dropped in 2016, the City reported that cycling deaths increased. On the morning of April 1, just days after the announcement that car accidents involving bicycles had gone up, a 32-year-old man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash in Queens while he was riding his bicycle. The details of how the accident occurred were not immediately reported.