Recent Blog Posts

Difficulties of Dealing with the TA

Our firm was recently contacted and interviewed by a local newspaper doing a story about the NYC Transit Authority. The TA was on the reporter’s mind because following a subway derailment in Harlem, TA management blamed the derailment on track workers for not properly securing equipment to be used in repairs. But the TA was… Read More »

More Vision Zero Construction Begins Throughout the Five Boroughs

Declaring that “dangerous streets have to change,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new wave of construction that will produce “new crosswalks, wider sidewalks, pedestrian refuge medians and new protected bicycle lanes in every borough.” The construction activity is part of the city’s Vision Zero initiative, now in its fourth year. The… Read More »

Michael Barasch Comments on WSJ Article “Can Auto Fatalities Go to Zero?”

Last year was one of the deadliest years on America’s roads. Approximately 40,000 people lost their lives in traffic accidents. Despite technology like anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, back-up cameras and crash-avoidance systems, our roads have become less safe. Current technology has been helpful, but only to a point. Human error is what causes most… Read More »

Vision Zero: Year Three Report Touts Program’s Success

Earlier this year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio released the city’s third annual Vision Zero report, crediting the program with a three-year reduction in traffic fatalities, which reached an all-time low of 230 in 2016 despite double-digit trends upward for accidents nationwide. According to the city’s official website, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and… Read More »

NYC Department of Transportation’s 2016 Fatality Report: Achievement and Concern

The Department of Transportation’s recently issued report on traffic fatalities in New York City for 2016 showed marked improvement with a decline in overall deaths, but it also raised concerns because of the increase in pedestrians and bicyclists killed. As the New York Daily News recently reported, “The year ended with 229 people killed on… Read More »

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 »