On many college campuses, fraternities and sororities are a way of life. Many students enjoy being part of these organizations for the connections they provide and the parties that are hosted. However, in a recent tragic case, hazing during a fraternity initiation led to a Baruch student’s death. Thirty-seven members of the fraternity, as well as the fraternity itself have all been charged with homicide.
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.
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.
Recently, reports of poisonous beetles appearing in bagged salads have been making headlines in the U.S. and Canada. The beetle, which is colored black, yellow and red, is known as the Iron Cross Blister Beetle and is common to Arizona and California. Although consuming one would not necessarily be fatal, it would likely cause significant stomach pains and discomfort. In addition, the beetle causes skin to blister upon touch.
Tattoos are growing in popularity. 1 in 5 adults in the United States has at least one tattoo. Many are drawn to the idea of having meaningful artwork or words tattooed on them. While the health hazards of getting inked have decreased over the years due to safety measures artists are required to follow, there are still inherent risks.
With the rise in use of app-based taxi services, such as Uber and Lyft, gaining popularity as an alternative to the traditional yellow cab, and providing millions of rides a day worldwide, an interesting question is raised: what about their insurance policies? Who is liable if an accident occurs whether I am inside or outside the car? Do I sue the company, or the driver? Last year, major liability issues were raised when a young girl was killed after being hit by a driver operating a vehicle used for Uber purposes.
The popular ride-sharing company is under fire after a Connecticut man alleged that he flipped over the Citi Bike he was riding this fall, after his front wheel struck a low barrier that had been installed next to the bicycle docking station near E. 56th Street and Madison Avenue.