Citi Bike, the bike rental service that launched earlier this year, has somewhere around 30,000 annual members who have logged over 270,000 miles on the rented bicycles. It sounds like a great thing for New York, until you learn about the Citi Bike accidents and their potential cost to innocent individuals on the street.
District Judge Shira Scheindlin says that the New York Police Department's policy of Stop and Frisk violates civil rights afforded to American citizens and that the policy is essentially "indirect racial profiling." The controversial policy has been lauded by Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and others for its ability to allegedly prevent crimes before they happen. In fact, the mayor said in a statement that Stop and Frisk has saved thousands of lives.
In a bizarre motorcycle accident early Sunday morning (8/11/13), a 50-year old pedestrian was killed while cross the street in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Queens. The accident occurred at roughly 4 in the morning when the man attempted to cross Queens Boulevard, apparently against the traffic light. A 33-year old on a Suzuki motorbike struck and killed the man instantly. The rider was flung from the bike and suffered severe injuries. He was later taken to Elmhurst Hospital and classified in critical condition.
The 149 passengers onboard Southwest Airlines flight 345 had no idea anything was wrong as their Boeing 737 descended toward the tarmac on Monday, July 22nd. Seconds from the safety of solid ground, the plane crash landed, the nose gear smashing up through the avionics compartment. The plane skidded down the runway, sparks flying from the wing-mounted engines, before coming to a rest on the grassy median.
A tragic construction accident on Governor's Island claimed the life of a 55-year old New Yorker and injured two more men last month. The fatally injured man was working for Bedford Construction at the time, rebuilding a section of the seawall on the island when a 15-foot pipe fell on top of him, crushing him to death. Both of the other construction workers injured in the same accident survived and were treated for minor injuries and released from Bellevue Hospital later that same day.
A recent nationwide poll conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance (in partnership with Students Against Drunk Driving-S.A.D.D.) discovered that than 90% of drivers on the road are distracted at any given time. The vast majority of those distractions come from cellphone usage in the car. Either texting while driving or talking while driving (with or without a hands-free device) has the demonstrated ability to decrease a driver's awareness, their perception of the road around them, and their response time to hazards, pedestrians, and other motorists. In fact, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that texting while driving is six times more dangerous than driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Summertime is when road construction around New York City kicks into high gear. Crews rush to get projects done before the snow falls and adds another layer of complexity to what is already a challenging and dangerous task-upgrading the city's infrastructure while daily commuters are still whizzing past. A study from the December issue of 2004's Monthly Labor Review concerning the safety of construction workers at roadside jobsites was recently revisited. New data was added to that previously collected and statistics were updated to include accidents as recent as 2007. The numbers aren't heartening at all.
On July 23rd, a celebratory ride up the Hudson River turned tragic as a boat carrying a bride-to-be, her groom, and several other members of the bridal party crashed into a barge. An investigation has revealed the boating accident was caused by the operator, who was intoxicated and either failed to see the barge or failed to accurately compensate the boat's course.
The New York Times recently reported on the increase danger, drivers face on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (B.Q.E.). The concentration of roadwork has created a danger zone in which the number of auto accidents has spiked. What's more, drivers aren't the only ones at risk. Construction workers risk jobsite accidents everyday as speeding automobiles and distracted drivers pass within inches of poorly protected individuals.