A commercial truck accident in New York City late last month left a section of the BQE closed for hours while FDNY struggled to put out a massive blaze and then clean up the mess left behind. Reports state that around 3:30 on the morning of April 27th a box truck that was traveling east on the Brooklyn Queen Expressway unexpected flipped over on its side near Cadman Plaza West in Brooklyn. The truck immediately caught fire, belching clouds of thick toxic smoke into the air and bringing traffic along the Eastbound section of the BQE to a standstill.
A pedestrian accident in New York City claimed the life of an elderly man who was out walking his dog early this month. The 66-year-old was struck by a vehicle while crossing Fourth Avenue in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn. The victim was struck so hard that he tumbled into the air, striking another car, before coming to rest near a tree.
There are nearly 70,000 elevators in New York City alone. The Department of Buildings is-ostensibly-in charge of overseeing the safety of all of those elevators. Unfortunately, as one spat of inspections recently discovered, many of those elevators aren't in proper working order. Many are still in operation even though their inspection logs aren't up to date, known issues haven't been repaired, and-in some cases-inspectors have been forging documents in order to maintain certification.
Three construction workers were injured in a terrifying scaffolding accident in New York City late last month. The individuals were working above street level at a job site in Brooklyn at around 2:30 in the afternoon of February 27th when the scaffolding they were on collapsed.
Pedestrians narrowly avoided tragedy earlier this month when a heavy glass window fell from the fifth floor of a building in Manhattan on September 13th. The glass and a portion of the window frame came crashing down, just missing pedestrians on the sidewalk below by mere inches. But this isn't a typical premises liability accident. This premises liability accident in New York could have been caused in part by a construction crew.
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.
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.
Two young girls fell into the water off a Coney Island jetty in Late July. Only one girl came out of the water alive. This accidental drowning in New York City is the third such in recent months.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control highlight an alarming trend. 75% of all accidental drowning accidents in New York City involve children four years old or younger. The vast majority of those children drown in home swimming pools. (Older children and adults are more likely to drown in natural water settings such as lakes and rivers.) The new data was collected from hospital visits and emergency calls across the country and collated in a special report entitled "Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts."
Last year's deadly train accident in New York may lead to further testing for all conductors. The deadly derailment of the Metro North train was caused by the driver's inattention, according to investigators. The driver reported being in a "daze" and unable to fully comprehend what was going on at the time. Investigators later discovered that the driver, who survived the crash, suffers from sleep apnea, a condition in which the natural sleep cycle is disrupted by the victim's failure to breath regularly. This causes a "sleep debt" which results in drowsiness, inability to stay awake, and even states of semi-unconscious called Microsleeps.