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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.

Multi-car accident leaves 1 dead, several injured

Police in New York are in the process of investigating a crash that left one person dead and several others injured. The multi-car accident occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 25, in Queens. To date, no charges have been filed against any of the drivers involved.

According to a recent news report, a 29-year-old male was driving his vehicle northbound on the Van Wyck Expressway when, near Exit 12, he slammed into the side of a sedan. His passenger suffered injuries in the collision and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The driver of the sedan -- a 27-year-old female -- lost control of her car, hit the median and ended up in the southbound lanes where her vehicle struck a Jeep and was then hit by a pickup. A passenger in the sedan died at the scene. The drivers of the sedan, Jeep and pickup all suffered injuries and required medical treatment.

How safe is the New York subway?

In the state of New York, and particularly in New York City, people rely on mass transit for daily transportation to and from work. Most people do not think about the inherent risks of taking mass transport.

Despite the fact that there are many safety precautions in place to protect riders on the city's subway system, there is still a risk of accidents and serious injuries. Accidents can result from negligence on the part of the system's operators or equipment, as well as risks and hazards in the stations themselves from other passengers or unsafe behavior on the part of riders.

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