On Sunday, Jan.24, New York City was reeling under the impact of a blizzard that laid down about 26.8 inches of snow or more. It was at least the second worst accumulation of snow in New York City history. The police had to contend with some 312 accidents in the city prior to a ban on travel that was ordered by Gov. Cuomo to begin at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Persons who were involved in a car accident, however, were not necessarily shielded from liability for negligence.
Another wrong-way accident has occurred in New York. This time, however, the perpetrator and the victim will live to tell about it. A 32-year-old man had been driving the wrong way on State Route 590 just before crashing into an oncoming vehicle. After the car accident, both men were trapped in their vehicles and had to be extracted.
Residents of New York City who live in Manhattan and go into Brooklyn in the morning to work, visit or shop found themselves somewhat stymied on Monday morning, Aug. 17. The lanes to Brooklyn on the Brooklyn Bridge were closed down due to a car accident. A Honda automobile had been disabled on the right-hand eastbound lane at about 4:50 a.m. when a Lexus traveling east rammed into it.
The gymnastic movement of vehicles through the air and over the ground are sometimes startling shows that are occasionally reminiscent of the most dramatic stock car collisions. There was one such horrific accident on Interstate 87 in Yonkers on July 3. A tiny red Honda Civic managed to flip upside-down and violently slide under a massive tractor trailer, where it was dragged for some distance and then remained stuck until its occupants and the upside-down car were dug out. The driver and two passengers survived the car accident but were taken to a New York hospital with what was described as very serious injuries.
The Lincoln and Holland Tunnels allow about 200,000 vehicles to enter New York City each day. The recent specter of a bus crash inside the Lincoln tunnel raises the fear that another, more serious crash could occur that would cause a massive tragedy. In the recent accident, the driver of a Route 166 bus ran into the rear of another bus carrying a group of eighth-grade children on a graduation trip, resulting in passenger injury to multiple bus occupants. It happened near the Manhattan side of the tunnel.