Articles Posted in Bodily Injury

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A recent investigation reveals that the New York Police Department did not issue as many tickets as they say they have in response to complaints that were made.

A new investigation by Streetsblog asks whether the New York Police Department responded to as many 311 complaints regarding blocked bike lanes as it claimed to. According to the report, the NYPD said it issued “more than 100 tickets last year” over such complaints, but an analysis of city-provided data “contain no record of nearly one-fifth of those summonses.” Continue reading

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A recent investigation into New York City’s 311 program found that since 2010 there have been over 20 million complaints made regarding traffic violations and it seems as if the NYPD have been closing these cases too soon without looking further into them.

A sweeping new investigation by StreetsBlog uncovered apparently widespread misconduct connected to New York City’s 311 program, with dangerous and potentially fatal traffic violations left unaddressed by authorities. 

Drawing on analysis of 26 million complaints filed through the 311 program since 2010, as well as interviews with a range of stakeholders and experts, StreetsBlog found that the New York Police Department “thousands of service requests about driver misconduct each year in under five minutes,” as opposed to five such closures in 2010; that experts believe this indicates police officers aren’t investigating complaints they quickly close; that the police department “routinely” justifies its closure of such complaints by saying they fall beyond its jurisdiction, which lawyers and former officials describe as a “false” justification; that some residents who regularly file complaints have received “harassing messages”; and that the NYPD “rarely” issues tickets connected to 311 complaints.  Continue reading

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Since fans knowingly take the risk by sitting in the stands, a case against the New York Rangers has been dismissed after a man was hit and injured by a flying hockey puck while trying to block his son from being hit instead.

A New York appeals court recently ruled against the plaintiff in a lawsuit alleging negligence on the part of the New York Rangers in connection to an incident in which “hockey puck flew into the stands” and injured the plaintiff’s hand, according to a recent report by the New York Law Journal. The First Judicial Department of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court affirmed a trial court’s ruling in favor of the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case. Continue reading

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New York City has had one of the deadliest years for accidents and now three more deadly incidents have been reported, including one e-bike rider in Queens who was struck and killed by a driver that lost control of their car.

News reports have documented the three recent New York City car crashes that left vulnerable road users injured or dead, with some commentators directing harsh criticism toward city officials in a year of road violence unprecedented in the de Blasio Administration. Continue reading

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A recent report found that New York City school buses are failing to safely follow traffic rules and regulations and almost 7,000 buses have received tickets for speeding and for moving violations in school zones.

A recent investigation by the New York Daily News found that as nearly two-thirds of New York City school buses “have been issued at least one speeding or red light camera ticket since 2014.” Of the city’s 10,497 registered school buses, 6,895 (or 65%) have received tickets. Continue reading

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New York City’s Department of Transportation is focused on efforts that will push authorities to strictly enforce bike lane rules and regulations that would prevent cars from illegally parking and/or blocking these lanes.

The New York City Department of Transportation has released a “Request for Expressions of Interest” for vendors interested in developing an automated enforcement program for the city’s bike lanes, according to a report by StreetsBlog, whose report suggests the request shows the city’s interest in a “crack down on scofflaw drivers who illegally park and stop in the bike lane.” Continue reading

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NYC’s Department of Buildings inspected over 7,000 construction sites since June and has issued 3,600 violations and 1,499 stop work orders due to a large number of construction related deaths.

A New York City Department of Buildings safety sweep this month resulted in 3,600 violations and 1,499 stop work orders issued to construction contractors. According to a report by Construction Dive, the sweeps were launched because of a spate of construction site fatalities in the city, with seven workers dying in the first five months of 2021—two from falls, as the report notes. Continue reading

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Hurricane Ida’s fatal flooding has urged NYC policymakers to discuss how the government can better assist homeowners with making basement apartments more compliant with housing regulations so tenants are not forced into poor living conditions.

The deadly flooding brought to New York City by the remnants of Hurricane Ida has sparked conversations among policymakers about the tens of thousands of New Yorkers living in dangerous and likely illegal basement apartments. As City and State reported last week, basement apartments are defined as those where at least half the unit is above grade, as opposed to cellars, in which most of the unit is underground. Basement apartments can legally be lived in, while cellars generally cannot. Continue reading

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Experts discuss how they can prepare for any future flooding after at least 22 people were killed in NYC and New Jersey as a direct result of Hurricane Ida’s flooding.

In the wake of the flash flooding that killed at least 22 in New York and New Jersey last week, local news publication City and State spoke with a variety of “climate experts and activists” about what what can be done to prepare New York City for future flooding events and protect New Yorkers from deadly floodwaters. Continue reading

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As companies begin introducing automated, driverless vehicles which they believe to be safer, residents worry about their safety on New York City streets and fear that these vehicles will not function properly.

Self-driving car manufacturers strenuously protested New York City’s proposed rules for automated vehicles in a recent city hearing, according to a report by StreetsBlog. The biggest point of contention: a proposed mandate that automated vehicles drive “more safely than a human driver.” According to the report, representatives for the vehicles’ manufacturers said the rule would make New York City inhospitable for them. As one advocate said, “New York City has always been a place of creativity and innovation, but these rules would make New York one of the least hospitable cities in the U.S. for AV development.” Continue reading

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