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Pedestrian Accidents More Common Among New Jersey Seniors

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a regional non-profit, has released the results of a study that reveals the disparity between pedestrian accidents among the elderly in New Jersey and those in other states.  Elderly pedestrians in New Jersey are more likely to be involved in fatal accidents than both older people in other states.

The study showed that pedestrians in New Jersey who were age 60 and older were killed by motor vehicles at the rate of 2.85 per 100,000 state residents. The national rate is 2.23, making seniors in New Jersey 28 percent more likely to die in pedestrian accidents than senior pedestrians in other states.

Another NYC Bike-Car Accident along Viaduct

There have been three bicycle fatalities at the intersection of Park Avenue and East 108th Street under the Metro-North viaduct in East Harlem in the past two years.  After the most recent incident, which happened early this morning, a driver of a livery cab was taken into police custody. Reporters were told that he would probably be charged with driving with a suspended license. A news update reported that he was actually charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, careless driving and a right of way violation. 

Tour Bus Accidents Not Recorded

This blog recently reported on two tour bus accidents, including a two-bus collision in Times Square last week. Interestingly, there is no agency charged with tracking the seemingly growing The bus companies have no obligation to report incidents to the city licensing agencies.

The use of the word "agencies" rather than "agency" may be part of the problem. There are at least five entities that oversee the operation of tour buses in New York City. A recent article in Insurance Journal described the situation.

New Part of Vision Zero Approved; Will Help Reduce Traffic Fatalities and Injuries

Vision Zero, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to eliminate motor vehicle accident fatalities in New York City, includes an initiative to lower the speed limit on the streets of New York City.  Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will lower the default speed limit in the city from 30 mph to 25 mph. The new law takes effect within 90 days, during the first week in November. 

Recent Federal Court Decision Impacts Personal Injury Law in New York State

The New York lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are always studying important legal decisions handed down by lower and appellate courts. Sometimes a decision can greatly impact the practice of lawyers. Often though, the decisions impact everyday people. This is a decision that impacts both the practice of law and the people that the law is intended to protect. We encourage you to read the decision, particularly if you have a present personal injury action in New York State. If you don't have the time or inclination to read the actual decision, we break it down for you below.

Bus Accident Update: Driver Had 11 Prior Suspensions

The lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy continue to provide updates on the harrowing bus accident yesterday involving two tour buses in the Times Square section of New York City. Now it is being reported that the driver of the double decker tour bus that slammed into another bus was allegedly high on drugs and had had his driver's license and vehicle registration suspended a combined 20 times.

Manhattan Tour Bus Accident: 1 Driver Busted

The accident attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy are following a serious bus accident that took place this week in bustling Times Square.

Two tour buses collided in Manhattan's Times Square on Tuesday afternoon, causing injuries to passengers taking in the sights of Manhattan. The collision took place at 47th Street and 7th Avenue. How did this violent collision occur?

Walking From Manhattan to The Bronx? Good luck.

A new initiative is focused on making it easier and safer to get from Manhattan to the Bronx using one of the 11 bridges that cross the Harlem River.  Walkers and bikers face many hurdles when trying cross the river from either side.  Vehicles come off the bridges too fast, running red lights and causing accidents. When they turn they don’t yield to pedestrians.  One resident witnessed two accidents on the same day, both involving children who were hit in the vicinity of the 145th Street bridge. 

Vision Zero Adds New 'Slow Zones' To Increase Safety for New Yorkers

The injury attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy continue to follow Mayor DeBlasio's traffic safety initiative "Vision Zero."

The DeBlasio plan outlines its ambitious goals to reduce traffic fatalities to zero within a 10 year time-period. Below is a recent announcement about a reduction in the speed limit for designated 'slow zones' to reduce pedestrian deaths. We also hope to shine the light, briefly, on pedestrians and how we can perhaps reduce the number of fatalities by illuminating a growing problem.

14 streets in New York City will now have reduced speed limits, according to an announcement from the architects of Mayor DeBlasio's "Vision Zero" initiative. The latest development involves slowing down traffic with new 25 mph zones. The latest implementation of the program begins this week in the Bronx.