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April 2015 Archives

MTA Makes Excuses as Bus Crash Numbers Continue to Grow

The City Council recently enacted a right of way law that creates a misdemeanor charge for drivers who strike pedestrians or bicyclists who have the right of way if the driver failed to exercise due care. This law is part of the City's much heralded 'Vision Zero' plan to virtually eliminate traffic fatalities.

MTA Bus Driver Caught 'No-Handed'

This couldn't be what they meant when they coined the phrase "hands free." It certainly was not what Mayor DeBlasio had in mind when he came up with his "Vision Zero" traffic plan. Yet, an MTA bus driver was driving a crowded bus often without his hands on the steering wheel and his eyes on the road.

$1,750,000 Accident Settlement Announced by NYC Law Firm

The New York City attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy obtained a $1,750,000 settlement for a client who was injured in a Long Island motor vehicle accident. Our client, who was 24-years-old at the time of the accident on October 27, 2012, was a clerk for the Township of Brookhaven in Suffolk County.

Road Repairs to Improve Safety Elusive in New York City

Nearly three-quarters of New York City's roads are in poor or mediocre condition, according to a national non-profit transportation organization, TRIP. More disturbingly, half of all bridges in the city do not meet current design and safety standards.

22-Year-Old Construction Worker Killed In Soil Collapse

The victim was part of a construction crew that had dug below the foundation of the building at the site to make a wooden support form to shore up the building's facade. According to reports, the accident occurred when the victim was inside the wooden structure and, as he tried to get out of it, unstable soil gave way around him, with dirt falling on him and burying him up to his neck, causing him to become stuck inside a hole. Emergency responders rushed the victim to Lenox Hill Hospital in critical condition where he later died from his injuries. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

4 Workers Injured In Fall at Midtown Construction Site

Details are still emerging as we report that four construction workers were injured today in midtown Manhattan when they fell approximately 2 stories during demolition work at a construction site. This serious construction accident continues an alarming trend of recent, harrowing construction site accidents and injuries in New York City.

Was Toni Jackson Killed by Faulty Trash Machine at Work?

Toni Jackson's death on March 7, 2015 may have been the result of a faulty, makeshift trash hoist that was being used in the New York City Housing Authority building where she worked, according to a report generated by her union. We previously delved into this tragic accident and reported that the New York City Police Department suspected that Ms. Jackson, a 31-year-old single mother of 2 young children, died as a result of a work-related fall. This most recent report calls that conclusion into question.