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Street Collapses After Gas Leak and Underground Explosion

A terrifying jobsite underground explosion in Queens sent people fleeing for their lives as a massive gas leak caused an underground explosion that ended with a 40-foot wide portion of the abutting street collapsing into a sinkhole and a massive pipe bursting which sent thousands of gallons of high-pressure water spewing out of the hole. Investigators on the scene of this latest construction related underground explosion in New York City suspect that a leak in a Con Ed pipe could have led to a dangerous build-up of gas in an underground pocket simply waiting for a spark to set it ablaze. 

2019 was a Terrible Year for Bicycle Accidents in New York City

With all the stepped-up effort designed to decrease traffic accidents and protect pedestrians and bicyclists, you'd think there would have been a measurable change in the number of fatalities in NYC. Unfortunately for cyclists, there was. There were more fatal bicycle accidents in New York City this past year than there have been in any single year in the past two decades.

Truck Driver Facing Criminal Charges After New Year's Eve Pedestrian Accident in New York City

A man was arrested by NYPD officers earlier this month after fatally striking a pedestrian crossing the road on New Year's Eve. The pedestrian accident in Harlem happened at around 5 in the afternoon on New Year's Eve day at the intersection of E. 125th Street and Madison Avenue in East Harlem. Witnesses say the truck, a commercial glass repair vehicle, stayed at the scene of the accident until NYPD officers arrived.

It's estimated that intoxication (drunk driving) causes one death every 59-minutes in the United States. In this particular case, responding officers had reason to believe the driver may have been under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.

Scary Construction Accident in New York City Leaves Two Men Hanging

Two construction workers had to be rescued by the FDNY after an accident at a job site in Manhattan earlier this month. This latest construction accident in Manhattan happened on December 13th at a job site along West 118th Street near 5th Avenue at around 9:30 in the morning. The crew was installing siding onto a newly constructed building when the ground beneath the mechanical lift they were using gave way.

Snow and Ice Cause Deadly Seasonal Accidents in New York City-Are You Prepared?

The winter season can be beautiful and is full of holidays that remind us of the things that are truly important in life. However, winter weather can be dangerous if you're not prepared. Indeed, the storm system that swept through the country earlier this month has been blamed for at least three deaths and dozens of injuries. And while it may be impossible to completely avoid winter weather, you can minimize your risk for a debilitating seasonal accident in New York City with a little planning and forethought.

Apartment Accident Leaves Five Injured

At least 5 people were hospitalized after an apartment accident in Manhattan earlier this month. FDNY crews responded to an emergency call from a 7-story apartment building on the Lower East Side on December 10th after a number of people became sickened and disoriented. When rescue crews arrived, they immediately evacuated the entire building and the surrounding area due to extremely high carbon monoxide levels.

High Percentage of Electrocution Accidents in New York City's Construction Industry

New figures released by the United States' Bureau of Labor Statistics show that construction workers bear the brunt of the vast majority of on-the-job electrocutions. While the overall risk of being electrocuted on a job site is lower than some of the other hazards on OSHA's "Fatal Four" list, the risk is very real. Indeed, over 70% of these types of on-the-job electrocution accidents in New York are within the construction industry.

Shocking Car Accident in New York City Results in $10 Million Lawsuit

An Uber driver who was seriously injured earlier this year in a car accident in New York City has filed a lawsuit in NYC court seeking $10 million for his injuries and financial losses. The accident happened when the man's car passed underneath the 7th Avenue overpass and multiple pieces of the structure came tumbling down. One of the chunks weighed more than 25 pounds.

Court Decision Clarifies the Law for Sidewalk Accidents in New York City

Determining liability in the case of a sidewalk accident in New York City has always been difficult. First, the victim needs to prove that a defect (such as a hole, crack or raised flagstone or uncleared ice and snow in winter months) caused their fall and injuries. Next, they need to determine who is legally responsible for maintenance of the sidewalk. Years ago, the city was almost always responsible for maintenance. That responsibility shifted a few years ago to fall mostly on the shoulders of the adjacent property owner (with several notable exceptions). Now a new court decision has taken the uncertainty about who is responsible for a sidewalk accident in New York City.

Bizarre Pedestrian Accident in New York City Leaves Man and Son Seriously Injured

A boy and his father out for a walk on a Thursday afternoon suddenly became the victims of pedestrian accident in Harlem last month. The father and son were walking on the sidewalk near their home when a white BMW driven by an unknown individual sped up, jumped the curb, and plowed into them. Both victims were knocked through a gate and left stunned. To add insult to injury, the driver of the car then exited his vehicle and attacked the father before fleeing the scene of the accident.

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