Local residents say that the pothole that caused a Canadian charter bus to crash into scaffolding at Ninth Avenue and 41st Street has existed for months. They say that calling it a pothole is an understatement; one person said, "You could swim in it after it rains."
Yet another truck accident involving a city sanitation truck has killed a New York City resident, this time on Staten Island. An elderly woman was returning from her daily trip to the local store to get her paper and coffee when she was hit crossing the street at Clove Road and Delafield Avenue in West Brighton at 7:30 AM last Friday.
The driver of the truck, who was said to be in shock after the event, probably never saw the victim, according to witnesses.
Vision Zero, Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to eliminate traffic deaths, took a step forward last month. The mayor signed 11 bills that are designed to improve traffic safety and reduce pedestrian deaths. The mayor's long-term plan is to eliminate pedestrian deaths entirely. In the meantime, the city will take steps to make its streets safer for pedestrians.
The attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy are following a serious bus accident that occurred yesterday in midtown Manhattan. The story is still unfolding. For the latest, read below.
A private charter bus that had just dropped off passengers at New York's Port Authority terminal crushed two unsuspecting tourists from Spain near the intersection of 47th Street and 10th Avenue in the Hells Kitchen section of Manhattan. The victims were spending their final day of a New York vacation, hoping to soak in as many sights as possible. They began the day early, seeking to add to a lifetime of memories. Instead, they now face what is a lifetime of pain and anguish.
Yet another Upper West Side pedestrian accident might have been avoided had proposals for improved street safety in the neighborhood been implemented. The death last week of the 61-year-old artist was the fourth pedestrian fatality in the neighbourhood this year.
The pedestrian was in the crosswalk when she was struck by an SUV that was making a very short left turn from W. 95th Street to go uptown on West End Avenue, according to a doorman who witnessed the accident. The pedestrian was dragged about 30 feet under the vehicle before it stopped.
An apparently drunk driver who had been arrested previously for drunk driving plowed into a garbage truck, killing one of his passengers. The 26-year old driver was traveling south on Utica Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Flatbush when his BMW slammed into the sanitation truck near Avenue D. The accident occurred early on Wednesday morning.
The back injury suffered by Brazil's football star Neymar highlights how devastating such injuries can be. Most people occasionally have aches and pains in the back caused by poor lifting techniques, falls and incorrect ergonomics. Even a minor muscle strain can be extremely painful, but for most people, the pain is of relatively short duration compared with the long-term consequences of a spinal cord injury.
However, severe back pain and disability is usually the result of high-impact events such as car accidents, falls from significant heights, blows to the back or the top of the head, stab wounds or a high-energy fall onto the base of the spine. Such events can happen anywhere - at home, on the job or in the car. The unifying factor is that when such incidents cause damage to the spinal cord, the consequences are far more severe.
The New York City lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have repeatedly written about the perils of distracted driving. Distracted driving is not something we expect from our public employees - - certainly not a bus driver while he is operating a bus filled with passengers. Still, a bus driver was caught reading Tuesday morning while driving more than 40 passengers on his New Jersey Transit bus. Stunned, frightened passengers snapped photographs, catching the reckless driver in the act.
This is the second in a two-part post about truck accidents and safety regulations.
One thing that makes truck driving a more dangerous occupation today is the sheer number of trucks on the road, compounding the potential consequences of a sleepy driver behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound vehicle. It's not only that truck drivers a putting in more hours behind the wheel without sleep, but the situations in which they have to drive. Truck driving is a more dangerous occupation in the highways around New York City than it was 20 years ago. Being fatigued makes it even more dangerous.
Truck driver fatigue has been in the news recently because of the truck accident that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan on the New Jersey Turnpike 45 miles south of New York City. The trucker admitted that he had had no sleep for the 24 hours before the accident. Amazingly, accidents like this happen all the time, and federal regulators have tried to enact rules that limit the number of hours a driver can work before taking a required rest.