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November 2016 Archives

Pedestrian accidents with buses are a Vision Zero problem

A woman pushing a baby stroller was crossing 46th Ave. at 111th Street in Queens on Nov. 15 when she was struck by a Q23 bus that pinned her briefly under its front wheels. She was injured critically and rushed to Elmhurst Hospital Center by paramedics. The stroller was not hit, and her 3-year-old daughter was unharmed. Pedestrian accidents involving city buses in New York City are far too numerous to go unnoticed.

Construction accidents: crane drops beam, crushing 2 men below

Two more construction workers were added to the list of courageous men and women who have given their lives in the performance of their work duties in New York City's construction industry. The accident happened on Nov. 22 at a residential housing complex that was under construction in Queens. A crane was carrying a 6,500-pound I-beam to place it on the fourth floor when the cable mechanism snapped and the beam was dropped onto the area of the crane, killing the worker in the cab and the worker who had been guiding the beam. This was the most recent in a long line of construction accidents that have plagued city workers for decades.

Yet Another Fatal Crane Accident In New York

Sickeningly, this story is becoming all too familiar. Yet another fatal crane accident took place in New York City on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, highlighting once again the tremendous dangers that construction workers face on a daily basis.

Flatbed Lumber Truck Collides With MTA Bus In Jamaica Queens

Our thoughts and prayers are with the more than dozen people who were injured in Monday morning's crash at the intersection of South Road and Waltham Street in Jamaica Queens. Reportedly, just before noon at that intersection, two oversized vehicles collided - a flatbed lumber truck and an MTA bus. The driver of the 'Metropolitan Lumber and Hardware Home' truck was quoted, after the accident, as defending himself by accusing the bus driver of speeding. It should be noted that the truck driver himself apparently faced a stop sign at the intersection. Of course, the most important consideration here is the health of the 14 bus passengers, and the truck driver himself, who were all reportedly taken to local hospitals from the scene by emergency services. We wish everyone involved a speedy and full recovery. This accident certainly appears to be one in which the two drivers will blame each other for its happening. Unless the accident was captured on video, determining who is at fault, which could rest with one or both of these drivers, will not easily be ascertained. A timely investigation will be very important, in order to collect and effectively analyze physical evidence and potential witness accounts before they change or disappear. That is one of the reasons why it is absolutely critical to hire a qualified personal injury law firm promptly following any accident in which you may have been hurt. Our firm has worked on countless cases where we have had to evaluate and ultimately prove liability against the operators of large trucks and buses. Our experience helps us know what experts to hire, what questions to ask and where to look to uncover information that will be helpful to our cause, which is to help our clients by holding those persons or companies that are responsible for their injuries fully accountable. The experienced trial lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have recovered nearly $1 Billion for our clients through years of substantial verdicts and settlements. The firm's clients include victims of bus and truck accidents, construction site and on the job injuries, and other acts of negligence. You can always reach Block O'Toole & Murphy's team of accident lawyers by calling (212) 736-5300 for a free consultation. Or visit our website.

Workers may collect full tort damages in construction accidents

The usual rule that a worker cannot sue his or her employer for negligence and civil damages does have exceptions in New York City and other localities. When the employer is guilty of egregious wrongdoing, the courts generally have the discretion to allow a recovery by the employee against the employer. However, for the most part, the recovery of economic damages in construction accidents, which is over and above the limited amounts available from workers' compensation, is accomplished by pursuing a claim against a third party other than the employer.

Pedestrian accidents go up during daylight savings time change

We are a scant two days out from the daylight savings time change that took place this past weekend. Some New York readers may be unaware of the phenomenon that occurs during this time of year, but it is something worth keeping in mind. Studies report that more pedestrians are killed each year after the imposition of the daylight savings time change due to the increased incidences of pedestrian accidents.

OSHA Releases The 10 Most Frequently Violated Safety Standards

Has it become all too predictable? OSHA released its list of the 10 Most Frequently Violated Safety Standards and the results remain the same when it comes to construction. In the construction world, safety often boils down to fall protection, taking proper precautions around electrical hazards and making sure that workers are safe around machines. It sounds simple and maybe it should be. But, the same problems seem to surface every year.