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Thursday, April 27, 2017

NYC Tugboat Worker Loses Arm in Horrific Accident


What are some dangers of working on tugboats?

An urgent situation recently unfolded when a tugboat worker got his arm caught in a rope.  NYPD Harbor Unit responded quickly to find a mariner with his arm disconnected from his body.  The tugboat was operating near the Statue of Liberty in the evening hours when the worker’s arm got snagged on a rope and became severed below the elbow.  Arriving officers applied a tourniquet to stop the flow of blood and the injured worker was transported to the hospital.

This recent New York City tugboat accident serves as a reminder of the dangers that tugboat workers face.


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Who Is Liable When You Are Injured Due To A Police Chase?


If you are a driver or pedestrian, at one time you must have heard that blaring sound of sirens from police cars speeding past you. If you’re a driver, you may have pulled over to let the police cars pass. While this may sound like an easy thing to do, during a high-speed chase, you may not have enough time to do it. Even if you do, the speeding cars may still recklessly ram into your vehicle, injuring you and any passengers you may have. According to state accident statistics, this happens often.


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

School Bus and NJ Transit Bus Collide, Sending Several to the Hospital


Who is liable for school bus accidents?

Two buses recently collided on Route 18, injuring several children and adults.  A New Jersey Transit bus was stopped in the southbound right lane, when a school bus changing lanes suddenly rear-ended it.  The accident happened shortly after 9 a.m.  Police report that 15 children were transported to the hospital for evaluation, including one four-year-old with a broken leg.


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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Radiator Kills Two Children Living in City Owned Housing in NYC


Who is responsible for accidents occurring in city-owned apartments and houses?

A tragic incident recently resulted in the deaths of two young girls in the Bronx.  Investigators report that mother of the one and two-year-old sisters left the city-owned apartment at 10:12 a.m.  Both girls were asleep in the bedroom with the door closed while their father slept in the living room.  She returned at almost noon then opened the bedroom door to find the room filled with steam and both girls unconscious.


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Engineer Involved in Fatal NJ Train Crash Had Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea


How can sleep apnea affect a person’s ability to drive or operate machinery?

In September, the nation was shocked by a train crash in New Jersey that killed one and injured more than 100 passengers.  The accident involved a New Jersey Transit train headed to the Hoboken station.  According to witness accounts, the train barreled into the station without attempting to stop, killing a passenger standing on the platform.  Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Review Board have been working to uncover the cause of the accident and the reason for the engineer’s apparent failure to stop.  

Now, the NTSB has new information that could shed some light on what caused the crash—the train engineer has been diagnosed with sleep apnea since the accident.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

MTA Worker Killed, Another Injured in Overnight Subway Accident


What are the legal rights of municipal employees injured on the job?

A horrific subway accident resulted in the death of one employee and serious injuries to another.  The two workers were in a tunnel between the Fort Hamilton Parkway and Church Avenue.  Their task was to set up the track area for overnight repairs, when suddenly a G train traveled around the curve and pinned both employees.  A 53-year-old Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) worker was struck and killed, while a second worker sustained serious injuries.  A third employee managed to avoid the train.


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Monday, October 31, 2016

33 Injured After Two Long Island Rail Road Trains Collide


What causes train accidents in New York?

Thirty-three people were recently injured when two Long Island Rail Road trains sideswiped each other.  The accident occurred shortly after nine p.m. on Saturday, October 8 on the Main Line.  A single car maintenance train entered the track space of a 12 car commuter train carrying more than 600 people, tipping several cars off the tracks and leaving frightened passengers trapped for nearly an hour as emergency crews struggled to rescue them.


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