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.
Courts are constantly setting new precedents in light of liability lawsuits involving storefronts, malls, and night time hotspots but the short answer to the question above is yes. In New York nightclub accidents may be the responsibility of the owner-they may even be liable for injuries caused by fights-but only in certain cases.
A recent study conducted by Bolt Insurance Agency sheds light on slip and fall accidents across the country. According to data, there are over 9 million slip and fall accident related visits to hospital and emergency rooms each year. That makes it the number one accidental injury in America.
On July 23rd, a celebratory ride up the Hudson River turned tragic as a boat carrying a bride-to-be, her groom, and several other members of the bridal party crashed into a barge. An investigation has revealed the boating accident was caused by the operator, who was intoxicated and either failed to see the barge or failed to accurately compensate the boat's course.
Every year, hundreds of individuals die in ATV accidents across the country. Thousands are injured, many seriously-head and spinal injuries are common in these types of crashes. While New York City doesn't have a high percentage of ATV use compared to other regions of the state, that doesn't mean that New York City residents don't use ATVs. On the contrary, Upstate New York and regions across the country are popular vacation sites for New Yorkers and in all of those locations ATVs pose a significant risk to the health and wellbeing of NYC residents.