Pedestrian Accidents Archives

Pedestrian Accident in The Bronx Leaves 2 Injured

A terrible pedestrian accident in The Bronx sent two people to the hospital late last month. The victims, one adult and one child, were crossing the street near 1610 Sedgwick Ave. in Morris Heights early on the afternoon of October 26th when a car smashed into them. FDNY arrived on scene within minutes and rushed both victims to nearby New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. One of the victims was listed in serious condition. The other was listed as critical.

Sidewalk Cellar Door Accident Leaves Legally Blind Woman injured

An elderly woman in New Jersey was severely injured after falling nearly six feet into the cellar of a building in Plainfield earlier this week. The 67-year old was walking down the sidewalk when she tripped over an open cellar door and fell head-first into the basement. The whole sidewalk cellar door accident was capture on video. The evidence clearly shows the individual working in the basement (repairing gas lines according to police) had failed to put up hazard notifications such as caution tape or cones.

Load Lifted By Crane Accident on Staten Island Claims Life of Worker

Falling objects accidents in New York City can be devastating. Tall construction cranes typically are massive machines that lift heavy loads overhead. These loads, which are suspended by cables and carry straps, can themselves pose a threat to construction workers and pedestrians passing by the jobsite if the loads are not secured properly and somehow break free from the carry straps. The latest deadly crane accident in New York City happened in the middle of last month. A 54-year old construction worker was killed on Staten Island when part of the load being lifted by a crane slipped free and struck him.

Crosswalk Accident in Queens Kills 1-Year Old Girl and Injures Mother

A deadly crosswalk accident in Queens has claimed the life of a 1-year old infant and injured the girl's mother, leaving her in the hospital. The tragic life-altering crash happened on March 23rd at the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 94th Street around 9PM. The little girl was in a stroller being pushed by her mother when a large Dodge Ram pickup truck turned into the crosswalk and struck them both. The little girl was killed instantly. Eyewitnesses report hearing the heart-rending sound of the stroller being crushed and the mother screaming for help.

Safety Advocates Alarmed by Number of Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents in New York City

New York City has a population of over 8 million people. It is therefore not surprising that the true number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents in New York City has been pretty much kept a secret. Few of these tragic accidents make headlines (only if it involves someone famous) and most remain unreported to the general public. That's why safety advocates were shocked to learn that NYC's official traffic accident data shows over 10,000 pedestrians and 4,200 bicyclists were injured in crashes last year.

People Narrowly Escape Injury in New York City Building Collapse

A building collapse in New York City happened just minutes after a waterfront park it sat in front of closed for the evening. According to a FDNY statement the timing really couldn't have been better--it happened when nobody was around. Had the building collapsed any sooner, the likelihood of injuries--possibly even fatalities--would have been much higher.

Falling Scaffolding Accident in New York City Kills Construction Worker

Just days after a vigil held to remember workers killed in fatal construction accidents in New York City another young man lost his life on an unsafe jobsite in Greenwich Village. 37-year old Louis Mata was killed in a tragic scaffolding accident in New York City. At the end of his work day, a plank broke free from scaffolding erected overhead and plummeted down, striking Mr. Mata in the head. He was found lying on the ground unconscious with severe head and neck trauma. Rescue crews rushed him to a nearby health facility but he never regained consciousness.

Woman Injured by Falling Bricks in New York City

Many of us simply don't consider the danger lurking above our heads every day in New York City. Loose bricks, steel panels, glass, and tree limbs can come crashing down in an instant leaving very little time to react. Unfortunately, one woman found that out the hard way while walking along a stretch of sidewalk in Midtown earlier this month. The horrifying dangerous premises accident in New York City occurred on 45 W. 34th Street near 5th Avenue on April 18th when bricks fell from on high. Eyewitnesses say the bricks fell from "many stories" above, generating tremendous momentum as they plummeted to earth.

Spring is the Time for Sidewalk Accidents in New York City

Even during a relatively mild winter (like this last one), the elements can have a devastating effect on the sidewalks. In fact, spring is one of the most dangerous seasons for sidewalk accidents in New York City. Temperature changes, ice, and snow removal (including use of chemical ice melt) can damage or even destroy the sidewalk concrete. This leaves uneven, raised and broken surfaces which pose a severe slip or trip and fall hazard for pedestrians.

Increase in Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in New York Calls Into Question the Effectiveness of Vision Zero

In spite of the numerous improvements put in place by the Mayor's Office and the NYDOT as part of the City's commitment to the Vision Zero policy, the number of car accidents in New York City is on the rise. In fact, January saw the number of car accidents in New York top 17,000 for the first time in recorded history. And while the overall number of pedestrian accidents in New York City has dropped slightly, the number of people killed in crashes on city streets has jumped significantly.

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