This blog has reported frequently on pedestrian accidents in New York City and the efforts of Mayor de Blasio to combat the seeming epidemic of this type of accident. But what about Long Island? A report last year identified the roads in Suffolk and Nassau counties that are most dangerous and linked to a high rate of pedestrian deaths.
A girl was killed and nine others injured when a car jumped the curb in front of a Bronx elementary school in Kingsbridge. The vehicle, a Honda Accord, was driven by a 55-year-old woman when it went into reverse in front of PS 307 at 124 Eames Place and drove onto the sidewalk, where children and adults were gathered around the school entrance.
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.