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June 2013 Archives

Car Accident Detectives Seek to Make NYC Safer Place to Live

The car accident attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have chronicled many recent deadly car accidents that have occurred within the confines of New York City. While the frequency of these fatal collisions is still far too high, the N.Y.P.D. has taken an innovative approach to reduce the instances of death, according to the below report in The New York Times.

To Reduce Pedestrian Accidents, Clamp Down on Speeders

When most people think about violence on New York City streets, they focus on muggings, robberies and other violent attacks. However, New Yorkers face other dangers when venturing onto the sidewalks - speeding cars. A guest editorial in the New York Daily News outlines the ways the city can reduce pedestrian accidents and fatalities caused by speeding drivers.

Construction Accident Reveals Need for Trenching Safety

A recent Queens shoring accident illustrates the need for the safety requirements designed to prevent construction accidents in trenches and other excavations. Firefighters and other rescue personnel struggled for two hours to release a worker stuck in the mud in a 25-foot trench in Kew Gardens at 83rd Avenue. The accident occurred around 5 PM.

Brooklyn Car Accidents Lead to Most Fatalities in New York City

The Brooklyn car accident attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy are following a study that shows that Brooklyn has the highest fatality rate for motor vehicle accidents in New York City. The study reveals that 79 Brooklyn residents were killed in crashes in 2011 and a staggering 23,000 people were injured in car accidents.

DOT Seeks To Prevent Bus Accidents With License Revocations

A discount bus service between Boston and New York's Chinatown was ordered to shut down recently after the US Department of Transportation found that the Lucky Star bus company's 21 buses did not meet federal safety standards.

NTSB Recommends Workplace Safety Improvements on Metro North

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued an "urgent safety recommendation" asking the railroad to start using a workplace safety device to protect employees working on the tracks. This recommendation comes less than three weeks after a Metro North train hit and killed a worker near West Haven.

Personal Injury Trial Lawyers to Appear on Hit Radio Station Z100

The personal injury trial lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are pleased to announce that partners Stephen J. Murphy and David L. Scher will be appearing on hit New York radio station Z100 (100.3 fm) on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7am. The personal injury trial lawyers will be guests on 'Get Active' a community based show that is hosted by radio personality Kevin Burke.

Minor Car Accidents Can Lead to Charges

Even minor New York car accidents can lead to something worse for all involved, as illustrated by a recent Brooklyn incident. The driver of an SUV was arrested after he left the scene of an accident last Friday and crashed into an apartment building. The result: 16 people were forced to evacuate while law enforcement and safety officials tried to figure out how to get the car out of the building safely.

Fewer Car Accidents Reported At Port Authority

The New York car accident attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy are always looking to bring you important information about New York motor vehicle crashes. The story cited below reports that the frequency of car accidents at Port Authority facilities is once again down in 2012. This marks the fourth year out of the last five where we saw the number decline.

A Call To Oppose Scaffolding Law Reform In Albany: Construction Workers Need More Protection, Not Less

New York City construction sites remain unsafe, even under the worker safety laws that presently exist. But incredibly, efforts are still being made to weaken the current safety laws, with unproven claims that less legal protection for workers will yield more profits for businesses and developers. In an excellent column for AM New York, Liza Featherstone highlights the need for more construction worker protection and the dangers of the proposed legal reform (

Built-in Safety Features Prevent Elevator Accidents

The thought of being trapped in a plunging elevator frightens many city dwellers. Elevator accidents seldom happen, but when they do, the results are catastrophic. One important reason that elevator accidents are so rare is the safety features that are part of every elevator. An interesting article in the Washington Post recently summarized the history of elevator safety.

Window Washers Hanging Near Top of Manhattan Building After Scaffold Failure

The construction accident lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are following a dramatic rescue effort of two window washers by members of the Fire Department of New York. The window washers were working on a scaffold near the top of the Hearst Building in Manhattan when their scaffold buckled, putting them both in grave danger.

Drunk Driving Car Accidents Can Lead to Charges, Conviction

A February 2012 car accident has resulted in a criminal conviction for a Pennsylvania woman. The woman was drunk, with a blood alcohol content (BAC) double the legal limit of .08 percent. She was convicted of assault, vehicular assault and driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

New York Scaffolding Law Defended by Ironworker

New York Construction Lawyers Block O'Toole & Murphy stay on top of all of the developments in the law that relate to New York construction workers. The New York Labor Law, often referred to as 'The Scaffold Law', the law that protects New York construction workers, is often under attack by special interest groups that want to limit worker protection and safety. These groups want to reduce the protections the law provides because they believe a change will represent an increase in profits for developers, contractors and building owners. One thing is clear, any change will increase work related injuries and death.

Another Pedestrian Accident Claims a Child's Life

A four-year-old girl was killed in an Amsterdam Avenue pedestrian accident on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Police were pursuing an SUV that they had pulled over for reckless driving about 15 blocks to the south. The speeding SUV left the roadway around W. 97th Street and hit the child and the child's grandmother on the sidewalk. Both victims were transported to Roosevelt-St. Luke's hospital, where the child died and the grandmother is listed in critical condition.

New Meaning to Distracted Driving: Drunk Driving On Wrong Side of Road While Texting

New York Car accident attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have been warning folks about distracted driving for a long time now. But now, distracted driving has reached a new low. A New York Daily News report chronicles the exploits of a Massachusetts woman who was driving drunk and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Workplace Safety Violations Plague Second Ave. Subway

Upper East Side residents have long been vocal about the inconvenience caused by the construction of the Second Avenue subway. However, it turns out that the construction project is more than just an irritant - it's dangerous for both residents and workers and has been the site of numerous workplace safety violations and accidents that were previously unreported.

The First of Many Bicycle Accidents? Time Will Tell.

The first bicycle accident after the start of the Citi Bike program occurred three days after the bike share program started. A rider on one of the blue bikes sustained non-life-threatening injuries when he was hit in the West Village at the Houston Street and MacDougal Street.

OSHA Investigates Fatal Construction Accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to launch an investigation into the death of a 49-year-old man killed in a trench at a Texas construction site. The worker, Armando Gonzales, was working inside a 30 to 40 foot hole when two 1500 pound shoring panels fell and crushed him.