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What To Do After a Bicycle Accident

There is information about what to do after a car accident on the Internet and from insurance companies.  There are even pages of our law firm’s web site that provide detailed instructions about the steps to take after a car crash.  However, there appears to be less information about how to respond after a bicycle accident. 

A recent article in Gothamist, the online magazine of big-city living, details the steps to take after a bicycle accident.  With the increase of bike riders on the streets on New York, this is timely information.  We are happy to provide a summary of the tips here.

School Bus Accidents? A Growing Problem?

School bus accidents seemed to be on the increase in New York City during 2013.  There were at least three school bus accidents in which children and adults were injured.  Although this school year is less than a month old, there have already been two accidents.  The most recent crash occurred last week, and was reported by CBS News.

On Tuesday morning, nine children and two adults were injured around 7:20 AM at Liberty Avenue and 183rd Street in Queens.  The previous week saw the first major school bus accident of the year.  Two school buses collided in the Bronx, injuring 27 children. There were also reports of minor school bus accidents on the first day of school, September 4. 

Brooklyn Seniors More Likely to Die in Pedestrian Accidents

If you are a senior citizen in Brooklyn, your chances of being killed in a pedestrian-car accident are greater than in any other borough, according to a study recently related by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

The study shows that between 2003 and 2012, 202 elderly pedestrians were hit while walking in Brooklyn. These fatalities represent nearly 43 percent of all pedestrian deaths during the years covered by the study.

Car Accidents and Defective Airbags

There's been a lot of attention paid recently, including a post in this blog, to the issue of the faulty ignition switches on models of GM vehicles. Somewhat surprisingly, this has eclipsed the much bigger story of faulty airbags in Toyota and other cars. It turns out that there are many more defective airbags than faulty ignition switches in the vehicles driving around New York City and elsewhere.

Information About Claims for GM Car Accident Injuries and Deaths

There have been at least 19 car accident fatalities eligible for compensation because of faulty ignition switches in General Motors cars. GM announced a recall last winter, but has never formally acknowledged either the correct number of fatalities or the number of serious injuries that has resulted from the defective component. This information has come separately, from a spokesperson for the program GM established to handle injury and death claims.

Two Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accidents in Brooklyn

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.

Melania Ward is Tragically Killed in Queens Bus Accident

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.

Pedestrian Accidents Greatest Cause of Injury Deaths Among Children

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 Train Accident

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. 

Suspended Driver Hits Upper East Side Pedestrian

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.