January 2020 Archives

School Bus Accidents in New York City Likely to Rise as Fleet Ages and Fails

While the actual number of school bus accidents in New York City stayed fairly constant over this past year when compared to figures collected in prior years, one report suggests that might change in the very near future. The report, released in August of 2019, found the number of school bus service interruptions (including those caused by vehicle breakdowns) increased by a massive 73% over the past four years. During the period between 2018 and 2019, there were over 109,000 service interruptions. While 60% of those were blamed on traffic congestion, nearly 10,000 of those were caused by mechanical failures.

First Fatal Pedestrian Accident in New York City in 2020 Claims Life of Elderly Woman

An elderly woman was killed early this month in what is believed to be the first fatal pedestrian accident in New York City. The woman, a 74-year-old resident of Queens, was walking along Northern Boulevard near the intersection with Parsons Boulevard around 6 in the evening when she was struck by a car and killed. EMTs arrived at the scene of the accident within minutes but nothing could be done. The victim had already passed away.

Apartment Fire in New York City Injures 5

Five people were sent to the hospital earlier this week after an apartment fire in Harlem. The fire broke out at 480 Convent Avenue in Manhattan around 1:30 in the morning on January 1st. The blaze started inside a single unit in the building and quickly spread-engulfing the entire apartment. It sent toxic smoke and fumes throughout the building.

First Snowfalls of 2020 Bring Icy Mess to NYC

The first few snowfalls of the New Year are expected to bring slippery conditions to New York City, making driving and even simply walking around treacherous. Meteorologists are predicting that the first few storms of 2020 will bring a lot of rain but when the temperatures drop, be prepared for freezing rain, and slush on sidewalks and roadways. Analysts say that these types of storms are often the most dangerous because they result in this highest number of icy slip and fall injuries in New York City

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.

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.

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