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Mayor’s Plan Promises a “Safe Transportation Network”

The Mayor’s Management Report of September 2016 touches upon objectives for the New York City Department of Transportation in the coming fiscal year. Among DOT’s objectives enumerated in the report is to “provide a safe transportation network,” supported by a set of goals, which includes “improv[ing] safety for pedestrians, motorists and bus and bike riders.”… Read More »

Brooklyn MTA Bus Strikes Cyclist Who Swerves to Avoid Open Car Door

On October 19, the New York Daily News reported the tragic story of a bicyclist in Brooklyn who was seriously injured when he was forced to swerve in front of an MTA bus after the driver of a parked car opened a door in front of him. The incident happened at Broadway and Marcy Avenue… Read More »

NTSB Preliminary Report Does Not Cite Cause of Hoboken Train Crash

On Thursday, October 13, the National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the September 29 crash of a New Jersey Transit train at the Hoboken terminal that killed 34-year-old Fabiola Bittar de Kroon and injured 108 others. The report does not cite a reason for the crash. The NTSB’s report does confirm the… Read More »

Deadly 2015 Amtrak Crash Caused by Human Error?

On May 12, 2015, an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people and injuring more than 200 others. The train from Washington to New York had been traveling at 106 mph, along a curve designed for speeds of up to 50 mph and jumped the track shortly after 9 p.m. On Monday, February 1,… Read More »

Fatal Crash Revives Metro North Safety Concerns

On Monday, February 1, 2016, a teenager was struck and killed by a Metro North train passing through the Bronx at about 3:30 p.m. According to News 12 Westchester, the victim was the second Fordham Prep high school student killed by a train in two weeks. The accident, which wreaked havoc on the evening commute,… Read More »

Despite Vision Zero, NYC Saw 38,000 Hit-and-Run Accidents in 2015

Despite Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious Vision Zero program to eliminate pedestrian fatalities in the five boroughs, New York City saw more than 38,000 hit-and-run accidents in 2015, 48 of which resulted in catastrophic injury or death. The New York Daily News reported that the bulk of the hit-and-runs, some 34,000, caused property damage, most of it minor…. Read More »

Woman struck and killed by MTA bus while crossing Brooklyn street

A woman was crossing E. 17 St. in Sheepshead Bay on Monday night when she was hit by a B36 bus. KEN MURRAY/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS There were 125 pedestrian fatalities in 2014, and 120 so far in 2015. Today’s victim was a devoted mother and grandmother carrying groceries to her adult daughter who is… Read More »

Amtrak Faces Only Limited Liability for the Crash in Philadelphia

Regardless of how negligent Amtrak may have been in causing the train derailment and crash in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens more, its liability for the accident cannot exceed $200 million.  The cap applies to all passenger railroads, and it includes punitive damages, which may come into play if the train… Read More »

One Person Hurt After LIRR Train Collides with Car

A Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train was recently involved in an accident in Patchogue when it struck a car. It was the second LIRR accident in the span of just two days, and has brought even more attention to the recent calls for new amendments to federal legislation that would greatly improve the safety… Read More »

Appeals Court Reverses Ruling in Favor of Injured Passenger in Train Accident

A Court of Appeals recently reversed a decision made by the Appellate Division, First Department to apply res ipsa loquitur in a case involving a Metro-North Railroad train’s swinging ceiling door that reportedly injured a passenger. The passenger, who was at one time an administrator at the Montefiore Medical Center located in Yonkers, claims to… Read More »