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April 2016 Archives

18-wheel truck kills cyclist in recent fatal accident

A fatal collision between an 18-wheel truck and a bicyclist occurred recently in New York City. The accident occurred in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, police said. If it comes to light that the driver of the truck was responsible for the bicyclist's death, the victim's family may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the driver.

Cab driver dies in fatal hit-and-run accident

A fatal car crash occurred recently in Nassau County that took the life of a cab driver. The accident occurred on Long Island in the early morning hours of a recent Saturday morning in April. When a New York resident is killed in a car accident that was caused by a negligent driver, the victim's family is typically entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the responsible driver.

1 killed when car strikes bicyclist in New York accident

Bicycles are a popular mode of transportation in New York. Eliminating the need to wait for another crowded subway car and a plethora of biking lanes throughout the five boroughs, bicycling is an excellent means of commuting or exploring the city. However, many of the city's more than 8.5 million residents choose to drive instead, and, when an accident between the two occurs, it rarely bodes well for the bicyclist.

New York Tugboat Crash Claimed Three Crewmember's Lives

On March 12, 2016 a tugboat escorting a crane from Albany to Jersey City, collided with a stationary construction barge located near the Tappan Zee Bridge. The tugboat, named The Specialist, was manned by three crewmembers, all of whom perished in the incident. After hitting the barge, the tugboat capsized and sank to the bottom of the Hudson River.

An overview of slip and fall accidents

The term "slip and fall" is a term that comes into play in New York in personal injury suits. Slip and fall accidents typically occur on a property -- "premises" -- that is maintained or owned by another individual. These accidents involve an individual becoming injured due to the victim either slipping, tripping or falling on that individual's property, for which the property owner could be held legally responsible.

Heroic nanny saves baby from pedestrian-car accident

A New York woman employed as a nanny was recently struck by a car while trying to save the life of the infant she was caring for. The 62-year old Long Island woman pushed the stroller out of the way as an SUV turned left and immediately struck her. The accident occurred on a recent Thursday afternoon in Rockville Centre.

New York Wrongful Death Lawsuit Ongoing

In the ongoing case of a teacher killed after a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer drove into him, the NYPD is refusing to release records pertaining to the incident. The event happened on July 6, 2013 at the intersection of Broadway and Hooper Street in Brooklyn. The 61-year-old was crossing the street when he was struck by a marked police van and thrown onto the pavement. He later died from severe head injuries, and his family is currently suing the NYPD, New York City, and the officer who was driving.

Dangers of Older Drivers

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated in 2013 that there were approximately 23.6 million drivers age 70 and above in the United States. With age comes health complications, such as dementia, loss of vision, loss of hearing, and longer response time. These declines in health can create a dangerous situation for the older driver, as well as all other drivers on the road.

Right-of-Way Law Leading to Multiple Summons and Arrests

New statistics regarding the New York City's 2014 Right-of-Way Law were released at the recent 2016 Vision Zero Conference that was held on March 10. The Right-of-Way statute makes it a misdemeanor for drivers who do not yield to pedestrians and cyclists. The Gothamist reported that the law was created out of concern for the lack of NYPD investigation into many pedestrian and cyclist accidents. Generally, pedestrian and cyclist accidents were only investigated by the city's Collision Investigation Squad if there was a fatality involved.

Commissioner States 2024 Vision Zero Goal Unreachable

The 2016 Vision Zero Conference, held on March 10, highlighted new crash statistics and the 2024 goal of zero deaths. The Gothamist reported that the New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton stated zero deaths is an unreachable goal because, "As long as we have humans who are walking and riding bicycles and cars-as long as we have people, we will have crime."

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