For some, playing amateur sports is a great recreational activity and fun way to get some exercise. Many people like to play on teams that meet after work and on the weekends. Others enjoy playing on high school and college teams and may even receive scholarships for doing so. However, unlike professional athletes, amateurs do not necessarily have the same access to top-notch medical care that sports stars do for injuries sustained on the playing field. In some cases, an injury may mean the end of an amateur’s sporting career, or in some severe cases even death. The question then arises, who is liable for injuries sustained by athletes of amateur sports?
New York City will be implementing collision avoidance technology in MTA buses in an effort to further the goals of Vision Zero. The pilot program will allow for 100 city buses to be fitted with the avoidance system which is intended to issue alerts to bus drivers if a pedestrian or other vehicle is in their blind spot. A safety warning, issued from speakers on the outside of the bus, will also notify pedestrians and vehicles if a bus is making a turn. Such collision avoidance technology has proven to be instrumental in several other cities across the nation in reducing or eliminating pedestrian fatalities by city vehicles.
Escalators are everywhere. They can be found at shopping malls, airports, hotels, public transportation terminals, movie theatres, and many other public places. While they are much more convenient than walking up many flights of stairs, they can also be more dangerous. A woman was recently killed in China by an escalator, and the tragedy made headlines across the United States. Each year, over 10,000 people across the nation are sent to the emergency room due to escalator related injuries.
Most people go to baseball games to have fun, and spend time with friends and family while watching their favorite team. While professional sports players are always at risk for an injury, most people don't think twice about the potential for injury as a spectator. However, on occasion, a sports event spectator may be hit with a foul ball or even a bat.
Controversy surrounding the design of a playground built in the 1960's has reached a peak, according to a recent New York Times article. For several years, parents have been arguing that their children are in danger of sustaining injuries at the fifty year old playground due to the architect's "adventure-style" design. Some parents have complained that their children have suffered from concussions and chipped teeth as a result of playing on the grounds of the historic play area, which is adjacent to a city school and is frequently used during recess and after school by both students and residents of the neighborhood. Those in support of preserving the architecturally significant playground are seeking a permanent injunction against redesign.
The media has been abuzz lately regarding the topic of police use of excessive force against citizens. A recent ruling of the Supreme Court held that excessive force claims exerted by pretrial detainees should be analyzed using an objective standard to determine whether the force used was reasonable under the circumstances.
On Thursday August 12, 2014, a fire engulfed an East Harlem residence in the early morning. According to FDNY officials, the flames erupted on the fourth floor of the building located at 29 E. 104th St. Residents stated that the flames continued to spread through the fifth and sixth floor hallways.