As you know, speeding and text messaging while driving are types of driver negligence that can put the driver and others on the road at risk of being injured in an accident. These types of negligence are often mentioned in discussions about car accidents, but they are not the only types of negligence that can lead to car accidents. Vehicle owners have the responsibility to safely maintain their vehicles. When a car owner fails to do this, he or she becomes more likely to cause an accident and potentially injure another motorist, a passenger, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian.
The New York City Building Department recently released a new map – included below – showing the location, age, size, and type of each piece of scaffolding in the city. The types listed on the map include construction scaffolding, maintenance scaffolding, and scaffolding on buildings designated as Safe with a Repair and Maintenance Program (SWARMP). Pedestrians and cyclists can use this map to plan their routes to avoid scaffolding when they can and when they cannot, to traverse through these areas safely.
As a tenant in New York City, you have certain rights. The most fundamental of these rights is to be safe from harm in your home. Your landlord cannot guarantee that there will never be a fire or another emergency in your apartment building, but he or she can – and is legally required to – take reasonable care to prevent emergencies and provide you with features that will keep you safe in the event of an emergency. Failure to take reasonable care to protect one’s tenants is an act of landlord negligence.
In March 2017, a Washington, D.C.-bound Amtrak train suffered a derailment at a slow speed in Pennsylvania Station. In the derailment, the train sideswiped a New Jersey Transit train. The incident caused minor delays and a brief service halt. 10 days later, a New Jersey Transit train on the Northeast Corridor line also suffered a slow speed derailment, which resulted in five minor injuries to passengers and delays that lasted into the evening. The two derailments occurred fairly close together and are now under investigation.
Individuals injured in train accidents can suffer significant financial damages as a result. These individuals can seek compensation for their damages through personal injury claims.
Mold can be found in homes and public settings across the nation. Mold can grow anywhere, but is most commonly found in high humidity environments like greenhouses and saunas. Individuals who are exposed to mold can suffer from stuffy noses, skin and eye irritation, and difficulty breathing. Individuals who are allergic to mold can experience more severe symptoms as well, such as fever, shortness of breath, and even mold infection in their lungs.
When you rent a house or apartment, you rent it under the assumption that your landlord took care to remove any potential hazards in the unit. However, this is not always the case. If you are exposed to mold in your home and suffer physically as a result, you have the right to seek compensation from your landlord through a premises liability claim.
In early January 2017, a Long Island Railroad (LIRR) train crashed at the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. The train was found to have been going 10 miles per hour, faster than a train approaching its station should be traveling, when it collided with a bumping block and crashed into a small room. A portion of the track pierced through the floor of the train car. More than 400 passengers were on the train when the crash occurred. Approximately 100 of the passengers were treated for injuries following the collision, the most severe of which was a leg injury.
It’s been a few weeks since New Yorkers experienced their first real snow fall of the year, but the late winter snow surfaced an important conversation about the ice and snow accumulation and how it can create a slip and fall hazard. The snow may be gone now, and yet with Punxsutawney Phil predicting 6 more weeks of winter, it is important for we New Yorkers to stay aware of potential slip and fall hazards, and learn about what we need to do if we fall victim to these dangerous weather conditions.
Bicycle accidents, like other types of accidents such as automobile and motorcycle accidents, have many causes. Often, they are due to negligence on the part of the bicyclist or another party. Because a bicycle does not provide the level of protection that a car provides, bicyclists can suffer traumatic injuries more easily than motorists and their passengers. If you ride a bicycle in New York City, take the time to learn about the most common causes of bicycle accidents and what you can do to stay safe.
In January 2017, New York City saw several hit and run fatalities. These included a pedestrian who was killed by an unknown motorist in Springfield Gardens in the early hours of New Year’s Day and multiple cases from Brooklyn, including the cases of Rafael Nieves of Williamsburg, Iosif Plazinskiy of Brighton Beach, and Marlon Palacios, the third of whom was struck and killed when he was traveling through East Flatbush to pick up his son from daycare.
Hit and run accidents, like other types of car accident, can result in serious injuries and even death for victims. If you were involved in a hit and run accident, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your rights and options for seeking compensation for your damages as soon as possible.
When you are walking down the street in New York, you see a copious amount of scaffolding on the buildings. When buildings are repaired, scaffolding is put up to support work crews as well as shield pedestrians below from potential hazards like falling bricks and equipment and even exposure to dust particles from the work being done.
Sometimes, scaffolding remains in place for months, even years. This could change if a proposed bill sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos is passed, which would require scaffolding to be taken down within six months of being placed. Ideally, this would not only reduce the structures that many consider to be an eyesore, it would reduce the number of construction accidents suffered by pedestrians.