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Danger from above: when the ceiling collapses

Subways are such a regular part of NYC life that you may not think of how hazardous they are, especially when in poor condition. Dangers you have probably heard of are train derailments, slips or trips on the stairs and falls onto the platform. While these may be more common, another danger you have to worry about is the ceiling collapsing.

In June, this happened at the Borough Hall station one afternoon. One area of the ceiling collapsed, raining down debris and causing a light fixture to hang loose. A large piece of plaster hit a woman waiting for the train, resulting in her suffering a concussion. The station's disrepair was no secret, but the extreme renovations of the road above have prevented making safety improvements down below. However, waiting any longer can result in further, more severe accidents.

84-year-old woman killed in pedestrian accident

Police in New York are investigating an accident that left an elderly woman dead. It is unclear if the driver responsible for this pedestrian accident will face any criminal charges. If they desire, the victim's surviving family members may be entitled to pursue legal actions in civil court in an effort to seek compensation for their losses.

According to reports, the 84-year-old victim was crossing East 79th Street and had one foot on the curb when the driver of an SUV attempted a left-hand turn, mounted the curb and struck the woman. She suffered critical injuries to her head and body. Emergency response declared her deceased at the scene after being unable to revive her.

Rental car employee charged for fatal car accident

An employee of Prestige Rentals is facing criminal charges for his role in a limo crash that claimed the lives of 20 people. This fatal car accident has been the subject of new reports since the day it occurred as it is considered the most deadly collision in the United States since 2009. Police in New York are still in the process of investigating this incident, but the evidence so far -- in the very least -- points to negligent actions on part of the rental company and the limo driver.

According to numerous reports, a group of young couples rented the limo as transportation for a birthday party. The limo driver is said to have run though a stop sign, hit a parked vehicle and struck two pedestrians. All individuals in the limo, including the driver, died, as did the pedestrians.

Could truck driver fatigue have been a factor in a tragic crash?

It is not uncommon for semi-truck drivers to travel New York roadways during the night to avoid traffic and to meet deadline demands. Unfortunately, long hours and night travel can result in truck driver fatigue. Fatigue can result in danger for truck drivers and any other motor vehicle operators on the road. The actions prior to a recent accident have not been determined, but a recent accident involving a tractor-trailer resulted in the death of another driver.

The tractor-trailer was traveling along the road early in the morning when the accident occurred. At some point, the tractor-trailer drifted and struck a guardrail. The impact of the collision resulted in the truck crashing and turning on its side.

Multi-car accident at airport injures 6

Several people were hurt when a taxi crashed at LaGuardia's Terminal B arrivals. This multi-car accident occurred Monday, Sept. 17. New York Port Authority was called in to investigate the matter.

According to a local news report, at approximately 12:45 p.m., the yellow cab struck two vehicles. The force of the impact caused those vehicles to collide with two other vehicles. In total, five cars were involved in this incident. Six people are said to have suffered injuries in the wreck. The extent of the victims' injuries was not reported.

Construction workers at high risk for electrocution

As a New York construction worker, you face a high risk of electrocution almost every day on your various jobsites. No one need tell you that the places where you work contain numerous power tools and electrically-powered machinery and construction vehicles. The electrical injuries you could receive from any of these sources make for a hazardous work environment where you could suffer life-threatening electrocutions.

Not surprisingly, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ranks electrocutions as the number two reason in its following “Fatal Four” list of construction worker death causes.

  1. Falls
  2. Electrocutions
  3. Struck-by-object events
  4. Caught-in-between-object events

In a road rage-related car accident?

Road rage, it is a real problem in New York and across the country. It is common to hear of auto accidents stemming from road rage incidents. Those who are victims of such a car accident may be entitled to compensation for any monetary damages sustained. 

A lot about driving can cause people to feel frustrated. Some take that frustration to an extreme, though. When in a rush or angry about being cut off or when experiencing something that makes them angry when behind the wheel, people speed, tailgate and make illegal maneuvers. Many of them swear and scream and only focus on the individual who they feel slighted them in some way. Sadly, this aggressive behavior threatens the safety of others in or near the roadway.

3 reasons a train might derail

Trains are one of the most important modes of transportation in the United States and around the world. While they are no longer the primary means of travel as they were in the 1920s and 30s, they persist as an integral part of transit, and this is especially true in places such as New York City. If you have ever ridden the subway, you know how convenient it is, but you also know it can be unsafe.

Though injury and accident rates are low, they do happen, and sometimes a major accident causes multiple passengers to be injured. If a train is derailed, for example, the consequences can be devastating. These three following examples illustrate some of the potential causes of derailment: 

Pedestrian accident involving MTA bus kills 1

An elderly woman in New York recently lost her life when she was struck by an MTA bus. This incident occurred the evening of Sept. 5, in Brooklyn. The bus driver is now facing charges for his role in this pedestrian accident.

According to a local news report, the 81-year-old woman was crossing the street when the 62-year-old bus driver failed to yield and struck her. The victim was promptly transported to an area hospital. Sadly, her injuries were too significant and she later died.

New York car accident: Injured in a school bus accident?

School is back in session, which means yellow buses are frequently seen on New York streets. This also means that car accidents involving these buses will increase over the next few months, and other incidents that could injure passengers or pedestrians are likely to occur. If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a school bus-related car accident, you may have legal recourse.

School buses are said to be the safest way to get your children to and from school. For the most part, that may be true. However, that does not mean that accidents do not happen. You cannot go a whole school year without hearing of some sort of accident involving a school bus resulting in driver, passenger or pedestrian injury. Such incidents happen and the resulting damages can be significant.

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