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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.

Recent verdict in a municipal negligence claim serves justice

New York City performs a wide variety of functions for its citizens, ranging from police protection to mass transit services. That range of activity requires an equally extensive set of general municipal laws. These laws define not only the scope of city services, but also what might constitute negligence in the performance of municipal duties.

Are New York City commuters in danger?

The black box investigation of the NJ Transit commuter train crash on September 29, 2016 has not yielded very satisfying answers. In fact, readers may have more concerns about mass transit safety in New York City.

Rear-end bus collision raises questions involving driver's negligence

Mass transit serves an important purpose in crowded municipal centers like New York City. From a policy perspective, public transportation offers both efficiency and safety. Fuel resources are allocated among dozens of riders, rather than individuals. Mass transit operators are also often subject to additional safety requirements, such as employer-provided training, municipal and/or state regulations, and licensing.

Torts against the government are sometimes possible

Being injured on another person's property is an experience that nobody wakes up in the morning and hopes will happen. If you are injured in one of these accidents, you are probably ready to take action to hold the person who caused the accident accountable for the harm you suffered. In most cases, that is possible but if the claim is against a government entity, you might have more of a battle than what you thought you would.

2 fire trucks slam into other vehicles, causing multiple injuries

Fire trucks that are heading out on emergency calls should have their lights and sirens activated. Most motorists will try to move out of the way when they see a fire truck approaching with lights and sirens. Even when they have the lights and sirens going, these trucks are still supposed to stop at red lights before moving through the intersection. When that doesn't happen, accidents are likely to occur.

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