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Tougher Traffic Laws Aimed at Preventing Pedestrian Accidents in NYC

DMV data shows that last year 135 people were killed in avoidable pedestrian accidents in New York. While city officials, including Mayor de Blasio, are struggling to find ways of decreasing fatalities, they must also accommodate motor vehicle and bicycle traffic on streets that simply can't get any wider. While some of NYC's major changes--including new bicycle lanes and pedestrian crosswalks and medians--have come under public fire for their ineffectiveness, several pieces of legislation soon to become law aim to penalize irresponsible drivers.

Fatal Train Accident in New York May Lead to Testing for Conductors

Last year's deadly train accident in New York may lead to further testing for all conductors. The deadly derailment of the Metro North train was caused by the driver's inattention, according to investigators. The driver reported being in a "daze" and unable to fully comprehend what was going on at the time. Investigators later discovered that the driver, who survived the crash, suffers from sleep apnea, a condition in which the natural sleep cycle is disrupted by the victim's failure to breath regularly. This causes a "sleep debt" which results in drowsiness, inability to stay awake, and even states of semi-unconscious called microsleeps. 

Slip and Fall Accidents Once Again Leading Killer at Construction Jobsites

A review of data compiled by NYCOSH (New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health) shows that out of all the fatal construction accidents in New York last year, half were slip and fall accidents. That means that falls from heights equaled all the other fatalities combined.

Results of Recent NYCOSH Study Show Most Construction Accidents in New York Preventable

In a damning report, the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health says that the vast majority of fatal construction accidents in New York City between 2010 and 2012 were preventable.

Man Killed in New York City Subway Accident

May 9th's subway accident in New York City marks the latest fatal encounter between an individual and a high-speed train in the NYC underground.  The late-afternoon collision occurred at the 59th Street Station in Manhattan when the unnamed individual was struck and killed by the Northbound Lexington Avenue Express.  Officials say that this serious rush hour accident is being investigated by the NYPD. 

Teenager Under the Influence Kills Friends in New York City Auto Accident

Officials have released the details surrounding a deadly New York City auto accident that claimed the lives of four teenagers.  19-year old Joseph Beer, from Queens, was behind the wheel when his car crashed on the Southern State Parkway in Long Island.  His four passengers were killed in the crash but Beer survived.

Dramatic School Bus Accident in Brooklyn Highlights Danger of NYC Streets

A group of special needs children on their way home after classes was caught in a bizarre school bus accident in Brooklyn late one afternoon. A small bus carrying 6 children, all under the age of 12, had partially crossed the intersection of Halsey Street and Marcy Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant when a taxi cab entered the intersection and struck the bus. The two vehicles collided with such force that the cab continued on, crashing into a lamppost, and the bus rolled over onto its side. 

Dangers That Create Slip and Fall Accidents in New York

Slip and fall accidents in New York cost individuals hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in hospital/medical bills and lost wages. However, a review of slip and fall accidents reveals that there are certain risk factors that contribute to more slip and fall accidents than any other hazards.

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