Author Archives: Michael Barasch

When Is a Bus Company Liable for Injuries Before or After Your Ride?

If the subway train you were riding stopped short of the platform, the conductor opened the door, and you stepped off into space, the MTA would certainly be liable for your injuries. Likewise, if you were walking toward the train and tripped over the broken surface of the platform, the MTA would be liable for… Read More »

Is a Stretch Limo Safe Enough to Carry Your Loved Ones?

For partiers of all ages, riding in a stretch limousine may seem like the epitome of luxury. Stretch limos are also regarded as a prudent way to party, with much less risk than drinking and driving. But a recent horrific stretch limousine accident that killed 20 people outside of Albany has raised many concerns about… Read More »

Recent Train Derailments Prompt Concern: How Safe Are the MTA’s Elevated Trains?

If you are a regular straphanger on one of the MTA’s elevated lines, and you’ve seen news reports on train derailments in the Tri-State area and throughout the country, you might wonder if you’ve got anything to worry about. A recent article by Ashley Fetters for Curbed New York suggests your fears are not totally… Read More »

After 100 Days, NYC Transit Chief Promises Radical Change for Train System in Crisis

After 100 days on the job, the man tasked with reviving a transit system in crisis hinted at a sweeping plan for the New York City subways. Speaking to a meeting of the Regional Plan Association in April, NYC Transit Authority President Andy Byford promised “radical” changes similar to those recently made to the city’s… Read More »

Intelligent Cars Does Not Mean Intelligent Drivers

Vehicular Fatalities up 14% in past 2 years Cars have changed dramatically in the century since their invention. The cars we drive today have safety features that would have amazed motorists from earlier generations: headlights, safety belts, airbags, collapsible steering columns, automatic emergency brakes, electronic stability control, rear view cameras, and collision warnings, just to… Read More »

NYC’s Vision Zero Reduces Total Traffic Deaths, Yet Cyclist Fatalities Increase

In January, the New York Daily News reported that Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative had reached an impressive milestone in 2017 by reducing traffic-related fatalities to a new low of 214 deaths for the year. This included a sharp decrease in pedestrian deaths, which were down by about one-third. However, not all the news… Read More »

Delays in Adopting Safety Mandates Make NYC Susceptible to a Train Disaster

A disturbing but not surprising report in the New York Post states that commuter railroads serving the greater New York City area are unlikely to meet the December 31, 2018 deadline for installing positive train control (PTC), an anti-crash technology. This technology could have prevented the deadly Amtrak derailment on December 18, 2017 in Washington… Read More »

Did Transit Engineers’ Sleep Apnea Cause Two Derailments?

An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board into two train derailments in the New York metro area revealed that both engineers were suffering from obstructive sleep apnea at the time of their crashes. In September 2016, a NJ Transit train derailed in Hoboken, causing an avalanche of debris that killed a woman standing on… Read More »

Double Amputee Urges Platform Barriers for MTA

Two years ago, a Brazilian student lost an arm and a leg when she fainted at the Atlantic Avenue subway platform just as a northbound B train rolled into the station. According to the New York Post, Luisa Harger, 21, has filed suit for unspecified damages, charging the Metropolitan Transit Authority is liable because the… 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 »