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March 2017 Archives

Construction worker injured while dodging a crane at worksite

One of the facts of the construction industry in New York City is that some contractors operate on the borderline of safety and in repeated work conditions that are dangerous to their workers. Recently, a construction worker in the city was injured while trying to dodge a crane at such a construction site. He tripped and fell when trying to move out of the way of the crane.

Driver criminality in car accidents irrelevant to damages claim

A basic principle of negligence law in New York City and elsewhere is that a passenger who is injured or killed in an accident will generally be entitled to monetary damages if the incident was caused by the negligence of one or more other persons. That general rule for car accidents likely will apply to a recent tragic and heartbreaking accident in which a young woman was killed while celebrating her 21st birthday. She was the passenger in a vehicle that crashed on the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg Bridge when its driver lost control and rammed into a median, throwing the decedent from the car.

Ladder Accident Prevention Is Critical At All Construction Sites

There are approximately 300 people every year who die in ladder accidents. That is a staggering statistic and there are countless others who sustained serious injuries in ladder accidents at construction sites. Many of these tragedies can be avoided if a culture of worker safety is established. A culture of safety at a construction site requires a cooperative effort. Supervisors and workers must anticipate problems and plan ahead of time to make sure that a job gets done safely. Foresight is necessary to cultivate a safe work environment.

Pedestrian accidents rack up an ominous toll in one day

Accidents tend to come in rashes, which is how it happened in New York City on Tuesday, March 7. Pedestrian accidents topped the police blotters that day with three pedestrians killed and one hospitalized in critical condition. The first event occurred in Brooklyn at about 6 a.m. when a car slammed into and killed a 71-year-old man who was crossing Greenpoint Street.

Injuries and deaths of bicyclists in car accidents is increasing

There is a rise in cyclist deaths from accidents occurring in New York City. There were more than 16 deaths of bicycle riders in 2016 and 15 accident-related deaths in 2015. The numbers of cyclists injured in car accidents and other vehicular accidents in the city numbers in the thousands in recent years.

FL resident Aurora Beauchamp struck by MTA bus - driver arrested

Aurora Beauchamp, a 61-year-old Florida resident was tragically struck and pinned down by an MTA bus yesterday at 8:52pm in Manhattan's East Village. The incident, involving a southbound M14D bus, happened at the crosswalk between Houston Street and Avenue D.

Pedestrian accidents require a detailed report by the police

When a vehicular accident occurs in New York City, those involved in the traumatic event often rely on the New York City Police Department to get them through the turmoil. The police often arrive first on the scene, take care of directing the removal and extrication of victims, where necessary, and generally act as the all-around directors of the action until it subsides. In a few pedestrian accidents and vehicular crashes, the police may become embroiled in a controversy that emerges post-accident.