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Is New York City's Vision Zero plan increasing safety?

The Vision Zero Action Plan currently being used by New York City is designed to reduce traffic accidents and their resulting fatalities. It indicates that the City has a strong commitment to safety, and to the drivers, pedestrians and cyclists that all use the roadways and must interact with one another. The initiative has been ongoing for the last three years, and statistics show that traffic deaths have come down since its implementation. However, the concerns over how fast fatalities are being reduced and whether the plan has been successful in other areas shows that there is more work to be done.

What is the procedure for a wrongful death lawsuit in New York?

If a loved one has been involved in a fatal accident, it is important to understand the procedures that apply when seeking justice in a civil court of law.

Specifically, the decedent’s personal representative must bring a type of lawsuit called a wrongful death action. This type of lawsuit alleges that the negligence of one or more defendants caused the loved one’s death. The term applies in a variety of contexts, including construction accidents, traffic crashes, police misconduct, or even dangerous products.

Can a municipal lawsuit be filed after a traffic accident?

Could New York City face municipal liability for failing to respond to residential reports of unsafe traffic sites? A recent legal outcome in Turturro v. City of New York may open the door to more municipal lawsuits.

Specifically, the New York Court of Appeals recently ruled that New York City was partially liable for a traffic accident that left a bicyclist with severe injuries, including brain damage. The city was named as a co-defendant, along with the motorist that struck the bicyclist. The jury in the lower court had apportioned 40 percent liability to New York City; 50 percent liability to the motorist; and 10 percent liability to the bicyclist.

Safety council says American's roads are becoming deadlier

According to the National Safety Council, America’s roads and highways are becoming more dangerous. In 2016, the cost of traffic injuries, property damage and fatalities increased by 12 percent from 2015. Unfortunately, the NSC does not characterize this increase as an isolated incident, but believes it to be part of a larger trend that began in 2007.

As a personal injury law firm, we know firsthand the devastation that can result from a motor vehicle accident. An injured victim of another driver’s negligence has medical expenses, lost wages, potential long-term consequences from decreased productivity or chronic pain, property damage, and other costs that must be settled. An attorney can utilize a civil personal injury lawsuit to seek the compensation that a victim deserves.

Take care to avoid slip and fall injuries this winter

If you live in New York City, chances are you spend some of your time as a pedestrian walking along the sidewalks or if it is too crowded you may even find yourself occasionally in the street. The state and boroughs within the City have implemented safety programs to help reduce pedestrian injuries and fatal accidents. However, even with existing programs, the potential of slipping and falling in the winter remains high.

New York's winter dangers

There are many reasons why New York City is a dangerous place to walk in the winter. Some of these include:

Tips for handling a motor vehicle crash caused by a friend

Speeding may have been the cause behind a recent, deadly crash in the Bronx.

According to reports, an off-duty officer was catching a ride home from a fellow officer around 11:45 pm on a recent Wednesday evening. Without warning, the driver lost control and crashed into a tree stump off City Island Road. The impact flipped the vehicle over, also causing it to burst into flames. Although rescuers on the scene were able to pull the driver from the wreckage, they couldn’t save the passenger.

Injured in a construction accident? An attorney can help

In a recent post, we examined the disparate rate of fatal injuries between unionized and non-union construction workers in New York City. Today’s post contributes another dimension to the issue of construction worker safety: training.

According to commentators, the underlying discrepancy between union and non-union construction sites is regulatory. Whereas the New York State Department of Labor requires unionized construction workers to pass training programs, non-union employers do not impose the same requirement. Small wonder, then, that non-construction work accounted for 80 percent of fatal construction deaths, despite comprising only one-quarter of the city’s overall construction projects.

Could New York City be liable in a pedestrian accident?

Although traffic fatalities were slightly down, safety statistics took a dip last year for pedestrians and bicyclists in New York City, killing 229 people. Even more individuals across the city’s five boroughs suffered serious, but non-fatal, injuries.

One commentator, who is also the executive director of a street safety advocacy group, believes that better street design and traffic enforcement could take a dent out of pedestrian fatalities. He calls for simple upgrades, such as pedestrian refuge islands, pedestrian crossing signals, and protected bike lines. He has also identified specific intersections and street corridors that have the deadliest statistics.

Unionization and OSHA visits may reduce construction accidents

Is there a correlation between regulatory enforcement and worker safety? A recent statistic seems to suggest this.

Specifically, a report prepared by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health found that construction-related injuries or fatalities rose from 128 to 435 between 2011 and 2015. During the same period, the number of safety inspections performed by Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials decreased by about 27 percent, from 2,722 to 1,966.

Common winter weather-related injuries

In recent years, winter storms have hit the east coast and covered roadways in deep snow, causing not only difficulties and delay for residents, but dangerous conditions. Around this time last year, a blizzard left the boroughs of Staten Island and the Bronx with 2 1/2 feet of snow. Unfortunately, city plows were unable to clear it for almost two days. Drivers had a difficult time getting around due to the dangerous road conditions, but vehicle fender benders and serious crashes aren't the only weather-related accidents that can cause injury during the winter.

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