New York City has a lot of buildings and a lot of them are not as safe as they should be. Considering that so many of them are called home by city residents, it is understandable that government leaders would be interested in trying to make sure the residences are as safe as possible.
New York laws prohibit not just texting behind the wheel, but all handheld cellphone use while driving. The majority of states have banned texting, but New York is among only about a dozen states to also ban handheld cellphone use.
The cold winter weather means that it’s slip-and-fall season here in New York and across much of the Northeast. When business owners and landlords fail to shovel sidewalks and spread salt on the ground, they may be held liable for injuries suffered by customers and passersby.
New York is in the midst of its Vision Zero campaign. As part of that effort, Mayor de Blasio signed a bill that went into effect late last year to lower the city’s default speed limit to 25 mph. The hope is that lower speeds will reduce the number of car, pedestrian and bicycle accidents and make such accidents less fatal when they do occur.
In recent months, we have written about the growing clash between bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers in New York City. Although bicyclists and pedestrians are now beginning to end their truce, these two groups used to consider themselves “on the same side” in a fight against automobile culture. Everything from infrastructure to traffic laws was designed with cars in mind, and that continues to leave bicyclists and pedestrians in serious danger.
Recently, a Long Island school district failed to convince an appellate court to dismiss a personal injury suit stemming from a minor's midnight tumble down a school stairway while he was playing with friends, unaccompanied by school officials, on school grounds.
Because we are currently in the grips of a cold and snowy winter, New Yorkers have no doubt been fondly remembering the warmer months that allow for outdoor activities. In addition to walks and bike rides, many in the city and around the state enjoy attending outdoor music festivals and concerts during the spring, summer and fall.