The New York lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are all too aware of the perils associated with tractor-trailer accidents. Too often they result in death. Today, media outlets are reporting that a pedestrian was struck and killed by a tractor trailer in the Glendale section of Queens. The male pedestrian was 46.
New York State keeps track of truck accidents in detail, and provides annual statistics annually on its New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website. The most recent New York stats on truck accidents cover 2013. They provide in-depth information about truck accidents that occurred throughout the state during that year.
New York Magazine recently published the stories of some of the victims of bicycle and pedestrian accidents in New York. So far this year, around 200 people have died on the streets of New York City. Traffic-related fatalities are the number-one cause of death for children under 14 in the city. It is the second most frequent cause of death for seniors. About every 48 hours, a cyclist or pedestrian dies. Traffic accidents kill more New Yorkers than guns. Around 70,000 are injured traffic accidents every year. Someone is injured or killed by a traffic accident every two hours. Pedestrians are 56 percent of all NYC traffic fatalities. These are all sobering statistics.
It is becoming clear that the accidents that have occurred in the last two years on the Metro-North Railroad were not isolated incidents caused by the negligence or misconduct of individual employees. Rather, there has been a systematic disregard for safety that is reflected in how workers are scheduled on the commuter rail line.
In short, the railroad scheduled workers for too many days in the periods leading up to the accidents, according to the head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Thomas Prendergast told federal safety officials that traffic controllers had worked seven days straight for several weeks before the outbreak of accidents began in May, 2013. All told there have been five accidents, including one that killed four passengers in the Bronx and injured many more, and another fatal accident that killed a track worker in Connecticut.
A pedestrian was injured after being hit by a taxicab last week. The incident occurred on Monday when the yellow cab jumped the curb on East 59th Street, hitting a man and then crashing into an empty storefront. The accident occurred Madison and Park avenues on the south side of 59th Street.
The injured man flew through the air before landing on the sidewalk after being struck. According to witnesses quoted in a news report, he suffered a leg injury but was able to walk to the ambulance with assistance from passersby. The victim and the cab driver were taken to different area hospitals – one went to Bellevue and the other to New York Presbyterian/Cornell/Weill Medical Center, where both were treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
New Yorkers like to complain about delivery trucks and other commercial vehicles double and triple parked, clogging streets and creating traffic hazards for drivers and pedestrians alike. A recent accident on Manhattan’s Upper East Side took the problem to another level. A Coca-Cola delivery truck hit and seriously injured an elderly man last week.
It can happen in an instant. An accident often comes without warning and a person's life can change forever as a result. Customers and workers who were inside a bagel store in the Forest Hills section of Queens can attest to that.
The first company, Fitbit, makes activity monitoring wristbands. In February 2014, Fitbit recalled nearly a million Force wristbands in February after consumers complained of serious rashes, which the manufacturer claimed was the possible result of nickel in the stainless steel bracelet. Nickel allergy is one of the most common allergies in the United States. Although it withdrew the Force wristband quickly, Fitbit is still facing legal action from consumers charging they were injured as a result of using the product.
Now, Fitbit is experiencing similar problems with another wristband, the Flex. The CPSC is conducting an investigation into the allegations and can either require a recall of the product or help Fitbit warn consumers about the possible dangers of nickel exposure. It can also require the company to issue more detailed instructions about safe use of the product.
High-speed police chases make news. However, such police actions all-too-often cause injury and death to innocent bystanders, suspects and police officers themselves. Whether these chases are really necessary has become a controversial question.
This has been an issue for some time, not just in New York City, but across the country. A 1995 article in the New York Times reported on the Tampa, Florida, police department and its more relaxed attitude toward high-speed chases. At the time, many police departments were limiting the circumstances under which law enforcement officers were allowed to chase suspects, and Tampa's less stringent rules, and the injuries and deaths they caused, draw criticism and scrutiny. The same article also reported on a study that showed 35-40 percent of all high-speed police chases ended in some type of car accident or other motor vehicle crash.
We are saddened to report another tragic incident involving a pedestrian being struck and killed by a bus. The accident occurred early this Friday morning at around 1:30a.m. at Willis Avenue and East 147th Street in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. The victim was reportedly a man in his 60s, who has yet to be identified by name. He was attempting to cross the street as the MTA bus made a left turn onto East 147th Street, striking him and trapping his body underneath the bus. The bus was in service with passengers on board. The police are investigating the accident and we hope they uncover its causes so that any responsible parties can be held accountable for this terrible loss of life.
Just last month, we reported another fatal accident in which an MTA bus struck and killed a resident of Elmhurst, Queens , underscoring how dangerous buses can be, especially when operated on the busy streets of New York City.