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January 2014 Archives

Two Recent Cement Truck Accidents in New York City

Cement trucks were involved in two recent serious trucking accidents recently. On January 18, a woman on the upper East Side of Manhattan was hit by a cement truck, severing her leg. The second truck accident occurred in the Bronx on January 20 when a driver lost control of his cement truck and crashed into an apartment building. The driver died at the scene.

Can Queensboro Bridge Go Without Car Accidents?

Is bridge and ramp design an issue with the Queensbury bridge in New York City? It is beginning to appear that there are problems with the entrances and exits to the bridge. Last week, for the fifth time in two years, a car accident occurred on the bridge. A vehicle crashed coming off the bridge onto 2nd Avenue in Manhattan.

New York City Police Now Focusing on Traffic Safety

The lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have long been chronicling the need for sharper focus on and attention to traffic crashes. There has been an unprecedented rash of collisions in New York City in the past few years, leading to cries for systemic change. The media has been putting out articles on an almost daily basis about the epidemic that is gripping our city.

Doctor Samantha Lee Killed in Tragic Ambulance Crash

Doctor Samantha Lee was killed on Manhattan's upper-west side over the weekend in yet another pedestrian accident. Dr. Lee, a 26-year-old anesthesiologist resident at the Columbia University Medical Center, was struck and killed right in front of the building where she lived. Reports indicate she was knocked to the ground by an ambulance and then, while face down on the ground, she was run over by a second vehicle, a Dodge Charger. The accident happened between 4:30am and 5:00 am. She became another pedestrian victim that has been killed recently during an extremely volatile time for fatal traffic crashes.

Pedestrian Accidents Are Growing At An Alarming Rate

The lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have been saying it for some time now: Something has to change with the way we are seeking to prevent and prosecute pedestrian accidents. Why? Nearly 400 pedestrians lost their lives since 2012 in New York City. Think about the staggering number of lives taken away from their families without warning.

Traffic Safety Measures Proposed by New York Daily News' Traffic Safety Experts

As the ghastly statistics continue to surface, New Yorkers are becoming more and more aware of the traffic crash epidemic that our city is experiencing. The number of serious accidents is soaring and the frequency of traffic fatalities has dramatically increased. The attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have been airing their concerns about this growing problem for quite some time now. Often we are consulted about the astounding number of serious traffic accidents in New York City involving innocent pedestrians. Why? It may have something to do with some of the firm's significant results on behalf of pedestrian victims. For instance, a $32,756,156 verdict, a $12,000,000 settlement and a $8,800,000 settlement all on behalf of pedestrians that were victims in traffic crashes.

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents Occurring at an Alarming Rate

The lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have been saying it for some time now: Something has to change with the way we are seeking to prevent and prosecute pedestrian traffic crashes. Why? Nearly 400 pedestrians have lost their lives since 2012 in New York City. Think about the staggering amount of lives taken away from their families without warning.

Stop Blaming Walkers for Pedestrian Accidents

This past weekend was particularly violent, not because of criminal activity but because of three fatal pedestrian accidents and one bicycle crash on New York City streets. And there were elements of the surreal as well, as police bloodied an 84-year-old man on the Upper West Side when he walked away from them after being stopped for jaywalking. Apparently the man did not speak English and was unable to understand officers' commands.

Workplace Explosions in Midwest. Can They Happen Here?

New York City workers may believe that explosions like those that occurred in Omaha and in Oklahoma could not happen in NYC. However, they are wrong. New York has many manufacturing facilities where dangerous chemicals and improper maintenance could result in workplace explosions.

Pedro Santiago Killed in Manhattan Bicycle Accident by City Bus

Pedro Santiago, a 45 year-old Manhattan bicyclist, was killed after being pinned under a New York City bus in the Harlem section of Manhattan yesterday. The accident took place on West 125th Street near Lenox Avenue. It continues an epidemic of traffic fatalities in New York City.

Truck Accident Kills Driver in the Bronx

A cement truck driver was killed when his vehicle slammed into a three-story apartment building in the Bronx on Monday. Four others were injured in the accident, which occurred at 6:21 PM at 1970 Cedar Avenue in University Heights. Two of the injured were listed in serious but stable condition at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital after the truck accident.

Good News for Workers: Fewer Workplace Accident in 2012

Last November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its annual report on non-fatal workplace accidents, injuries and illnesses for 2013. There are some interesting findings that could carry over into the numbers fir 2013. A summary of the findings follows.

After Metro North Train Accident, Big Push To Make Trains Safer

The attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP, are carefully watching the aftermath of the Metro North derailment. Below, you will see a piece on how the derailment may lead to safety changes. When you see safety changes, the initial instinct is to question why these measures were not in place before the derailment. However, you also must be grateful that the public transportation system is using advanced technology that may avoid these massive accidents and increase the efficiency of accident investigation and reconstruction. Progress usually saves lives.

Stats About Workplace Fatalities and Wrongful Death in NYC, 2012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is an excellent source of information about workplace injuries and fatalities. The agency's summary table of 2012 workplace fatalities in New York City paints a complete picture of who dies on the job in NYC.

Fatal Brooklyn Car Accident Results in Calls for Improved Safety

A fatal auto accident at McGuinness Boulevard and Nassau Avenue in Brooklyn last weekend has galvanized street safety advocates to action; they have called for safety improvements to prevent similar car accidents. The busy road feeds the Pulaski Bridge that connects Brooklyn and Queens, and traffic coming off the bridge moves very quickly, according to local residents and leaders.