At some point or another, unless you live in a very remote part of the world or never go near traffic, you will probably experience some kind of car accident. The frequency of car accidents and their commonplace nature often obscures just how damaging these experiences are, even when an accident itself is relatively minor.
If a New York resident slips in a grocery store or trips while at a friend's house, major injuries could result. Those who have been hurt on another party's property may have the right to pursue a premises liability lawsuit. There are a variety of dangerous conditions, such as torn carpet, poor lighting or a cracked sidewalk, that could lead to a fall causing injury.
New York City residents are accustomed to a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds. The metro bustles and moves nonstop in a unique and pulsing way.
On May 22, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that all school buses across the U.S. be equipped with both lap and shoulder belts. It also recommended that New York, along with New Jersey, Florida and Louisiana, upgrade their requirement to include shoulder belts rather than lap belts alone.
Property owners in New York City and across the state have a legal duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner so that third parties who come onto them are not injured. That is true of homeowners, shopping mall operators, retail store owners, amusement park owners and others.
New York City safety regulators and advocates have joined municipal officials from other cities across the country and globe in adopting aggressive initiatives to materially cut down on serious and fatal accidents involving vehicles. We spotlighted NYC's ambitious "Vision Zero" safety effort in our February 20 blog post of this year. We noted in that entry the hope of city regulators to someday render the metro entirely accident-free.
New York readers may be concerned to learn that another child has been involved in a frightening bounce house accident. The incident took place on May 12 in Adelanto, California.
The boroughs of New York City and the metro's surrounding environs collectively comprise what is perhaps the most dynamic and diverse collection of humanity in the country, if not the world.
During the hot New York summers, some kids may enjoy the idea of going into the backyard and bouncing on a trampoline. However, what their parents may not be aware of is that these contraptions are responsible for thousands of trips to the local emergency department every year.
Yes, the bus driver was focused ... on an apparently compelling video streaming from his smartphone.
Media outlets have reported that a head-on collision involving a charter bus and an SUV left three people injured on the evening of April 28. Initial accounts do not indicate if the injured road users were traveling on the bus or in the SUV. The accident took place in the southbound lanes of the New York State Thruway in Orange County at approximately 10:30 p.m.
Life sometimes delivers tragic blows, as any surviving member of a family can well attest when a loved one dies as the result of third-party negligence.