July 2016 Archives

Who Is Liable for Falling Air Conditioners in New York City?

In the summer months, New Yorkers desperately try to beat the heat by getting out of the city. But sometimes you just can't get out and that's when air conditioning becomes a must-have for residents and businesses in The Big Apple. The next time you're walking along the sidewalk look up and count the number of air conditioning units hanging overhead. What if one of those units should fall? What if you're hurt? Who can you turn to and who is liable for such sidewalk accidents in New York?

MTA Bus Accident in Queens Leaves 14 Injured

An MTA bus accident in Queens left 14 people injured including two firefighters. That accident occurred as a FDNY truck responding to a fire call struck the MTA bus in the Astoria neighborhood. Reports show that the MTA bus was travelling along Ditmars Boulevard (near the intersection with 21st Street) just after noon on June 26th when the firetruck slammed into the side of a bus.

Boating Accident in New York Sends Father and Daughter to Hospital

A holiday weekend boating accident in New York earlier this month sent a father and daughter to the hospital with severe injuries. The two were enjoying a warm summer day, tubing on Skaneateles Lake in Upstate New York, when tragedy struck. The tube they were in hit the towboat's wake and the couple was tossed into the water. When the boat circled back around to pick them up, the driver misjudged the distances and struck both individuals.

Case of Wrongful Imprisonment in New York Takes a Strange Twist

A man who spent 20 behind bars for a crime he says he didn't commit has pulled an unorthodox move while fighting his wrongful imprisonment in New York City. Richard Rosario was accused of murder in 1996. He was convicted and has spent 20 years in prison. However, just this past year New York City prosecutors admitted that he had been wrongfully convicted, offering to dismiss the charges against him.

Two Subway Accidents in New York Within Minutes of Each Other

Two subway accidents in New York City occurred within minutes of each other, both at 14th Street Stations in the West Village. A young man was pinned between a train and the platform just 50 minutes before a young woman lost both of her legs after tumbling onto the tracks just down the line.

How to Avoid Swimming Pool Accidents in New York

Swimming pool accidents in New York City can happen in the blink of an eye. Children are at the highest risk: 1 in 5 victims of accidental drowning in New York are 14 years old or younger. (Nationwide nearly 2,700 children 14 and under suffer from near drowning incidents every year.)

Ladder Accident in Queens Sends Worker to Hospital

A construction worker was rushed to the hospital after a ladder accident in Queens last month. The unnamed individual was working at a jobsite near 80th Street and Broadway, in Elmhurst, when he fell off a ladder, tumbling roughly 7 feet to hard concrete below. The jobsite is the future home of a 20-story apartment building owned by Friedland Properties.

Commercial Truck Involved in Fatal Bicycle Accident in Bushwick

A commercial truck driver's failure to yield caused a fatal bicycle accident in New York City earlier this month. 27-year-old Leah Sylvain was critically injured on Evergreen Avenue while riding her bicycle properly in a bike lane. She was struck by a commercial fuel truck driven by 52-year-old Joseph Cherry when he turned left, cutting across her path and causing the fatal crash. EMS crews arrived to find her bleeding on the street with severe head trauma. They rushed her to nearby Woodhull Hospital but were unable to save her life.

Crosswalk Accident in Manhattan Claims Life of Elderly New Yorker

An avoidable crosswalk accident in New York City claimed the life of 67-year-old Yuenei Wu on June 6th. Wu was crossing the street at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and 38th Street in Midtown Manhattan when the driver of a livery vehicle failed to yield the right of way. The SUV began a left turn and struck the woman. She was knocked to the ground and pinned underneath the vehicle.

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