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Month: April 2015

NYC Construction Accidents Involving Pedestrians

Stories appear often on this blog about construction accidents and pedestrian accidents. But what about stories where these two types of accidents are combined? A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported that at least one pedestrian each month suffers injury...

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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...

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Bus Accidents in New York City and Beyond

Bus accidents have been in the New York City news in recent weeks. Accidents involving buses raise many questions. Who was at fault? Did the driver not even see a pedestrian? Did the driver of another vehicle cause the accident? Did the bus have the equipment needed...

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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...

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$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...

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Auto Companies Resist Recalls

Although the car manufacturer General Motors likes to portray itself as a leader in automotive safety, the reality may be quite different. According to a recent story in the New York Times, GM recalled almost 30 million cars in North America last year. Because of the...

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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. The report,...

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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...

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