Two hit-and-run pedestrian accidents in Brooklyn last weekend have left victims seriously injured and the drivers still at large, according to news reports. The first accident, which occurred early Saturday morning in East New York on Seaview Avenue near Louisiana Avenue, involved an SUV and two pedestrians.
Bus accidents are a common occurrence in the busy metropolis of New York City. Usually, when passengers are injured in a bus accident, it is while they are on the bus. However, in a somewhat unusual series of events, a fatal bus crash took place this week in the Elmhurst section of Queens where a passenger was crushed by the bus she was riding on, only seconds after she exited the bus.
We recently wrote a blog post about the installation of school zone speed cameras to coincide with the beginning of the school year.. This initiative comes at an important time: According to the New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, traffic is the biggest injury-related cause of death among children under 15.
Another Metro North commuter train has derailed. This time, fortunately, there were no injuries reported, probably because the train was a work train with few people aboard. The train left the tracks at the Highbridge East rail yard in the Bronx, when a car filled with crushed rock left the track. The incident occurred shortly after midnight on Sunday, and it took workers about five hours to return the car to the rails. In addition to causing no injuries, the derailment did not affect passenger service.
This is a far cry from some previous Metro North train accidents. The worst was in December 2013, when a train entering the city from Poughkeepsie derailed at Sputyn Duyvil in the Bronx. Four people were killed and many dozens were injured when the driver entered a tight curve at more than 80 MPH. Another derailment last year, this one in May, injured 76 people when the train derailed near Bridgeport, Connecticut.
A van with North Carolina license plates hit a pedestrian on the Upper East Side in Manhattan Thursday. The victim, a 66-year-old woman who uses a cane, was run over at Madison Avenue and East 98th Street this morning.
The van that hit the woman, a silver Town and Country, was making a left turn from East 98th Street onto Madison Avenue when it collided with the victim, throwing her up in the aid and then driving over her. The driver stopped after feeling the impact and hearing passersby screaming.
The speed cameras that have been installed near schools in an effort to force drivers to slow down have resulted in an unexpected benefit: an influx of revenue to the city's coffers.
The 23 speed cameras installed near schools have recorded 183,000 traffic violations and brought in around $9 million in fines so far this year. The amount will almost certainly increase as they city installs between 20 and 25 more cameras. By the end of 2015, the city hopes to have a total of 140 cameras, according to the Department of Transportation commissioner.
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles publishes motor vehicle accident statistics that provide detail about car accidents and other crashes that occur in New York City. The most recent year available, 2012, provides data about the days and times when crashes are most likely to occur.
The largest number of motor vehicle crashes in the city occurred between 3 and 6 PM. In 2012, there were 11,040 crashes that happened during that time period. The busiest day for car and other motor vehicle accidents is Friday.
The City of New York tracks the reasons for hospitalizations from injuries in the city. Statistics from 2009 to 2011 provided by the Department of Health and Hygiene show that in all age groups, the most frequent type of accident is an unintentional fall. The most common outcome of falls is traumatic brain injury, with the second being fractures. In addition, falls were the cause of 130 deaths in New York in 2008, according to the Department of Health website.
This changes when we look at the second cause of hospitalizations from injuries. It turns out that the second most common reason for hospitalizations is unintentional poisoning among people who are age 34 and older. Among younger age groups, fires, pedestrian accidents and assaults send the most people to the hospital.
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.
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.