Studying data concerning bicycle accidents in New York City can be disheartening. According to NYC's cycling Risk Indicator, the average risk of serious injury to bicyclists in the city has dropped 82% between 2000 and 2014. However, in 2014 there were 3,982 bicycle accidents in New York City involving motorists (not including 20 fatalities). That's nearly a 3 percent increase in injuries over 2013's figures and a whopping 66 percent increase in cycling fatalities. These dramatic increases have occurred even as the city has spent millions of dollars redesigning its infrastructure to make the streets more bicycle-friendly.
A construction trench collapse in New York that claimed the life of a 22-year old worker early this spring has resulted in manslaughter charges for two of the contracting companies that were in charge of the jobsite.
An elevator accident in Manhattan at a luxury apartment building claimed the life of a 37-year-old Israeli man early this month. Eran Modan was visiting friends in The Espoir building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when the elevator he was riding in stalled between floors. Eran was attempting to crawl out of the elevator when the brakes failed and the car suddenly dropped, crushing him between the roof of the car and the floor. His friends were able to free him and attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation but Mr. Modan succumbed to his injuries before emergency service crews arrived.
A teenager exploring the abandoned Staten Island hospital complex on Castleton Ave. fell to his death in a terrible elevator accident in New York last week. The 16-year-old boy, Marcos Castillo, fell from the seventh story straight down an interior elevator shaft. The accident occurred at roughly 4:45 PM. Rescue workers rushed Castillo to Richmond University Hospital with severe trauma to his head. He was declared dead on arrival.
Even as New York City embraces Vision Zero policies designed to eliminate all traffic fatalities within City limits, the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed by automobiles in New York continues to climb. We see more bike lanes, slower speed limits, more educational material, and even re-timed stop lights but is any of that actually doing what it was designed to do? Just last week a tragic bicycle accident in New York City claimed the life of a Bronx man. The individual, 59-year old commuter, was struck by a sedan while riding near the I-87 on ramp in Yonkers.
Legionnaire's Disease is making a comeback in the Bronx even as new laws put in place to help prevent such against negligent landlords in New York City.
An allegedly negligent landlord in New York City is finding himself in hot water yet again. Several families displaced by an apartment fire in New York are filing suit against their landlord alleging that he was negligent in repairing the building and that negligence has prolonged their financial hardship. The building, located at 512W. 136th Street, was first brought to the attention of a judge in March when tenants filed multiple complaints about unsafe conditions at the apartments and their inability to return home. At that time, the court ordered the landlord to make repairs by a certain dates-all of which were ignored.
According to official data from the comptroller's office, the number of playground accidents in New York is on the rise. With the summer months here, New York City playgrounds provide a readily available option for some fun in the sun, exercise, and family bonding time. However, some of the City playgrounds can prove dangerous for children.
There are plenty of opportunities to hit the waterways in and around New York City during the summer months. But boating can be hazardous. People can be injured in boating accidents in New York City without even getting wet.
A tragic drowning accident in Long Island has claimed the life of a toddler. 4-year old Justin McConville was at a family friend's house with his mother when he accidentally drown in the family pool. His mother had been invited to the home by a family friend for a backyard barbecue and took her eyes off the boy for what seemed like just an instant. Moments later the family friend found the boy at the bottom of their above ground pool.