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New York City Bicyclist Deaths Rise Sharply Despite Vision Zero

A rash of deadly accidents involving bicycle riders in 2019 has cast serious doubt on the effectiveness of New York City’s Vision Zero initiative to improve street safety. Through mid-August, cyclist fatalities are nearly double those from all of last year. This sobering fact prompted Mayor de Blasio to announce the “Green Wave” program on […]

Fatal Train Accident Prompts Concerns about Safety System Delays

A deadly crash where a car was struck by two Long Island Railroad trains has created new urgency for installation of the Positive Track Control (PTC) safety system on LIRR and Metro-North trains. The accident occurred near the School Street crossing in Westbury when a car apparently ignored the flashing lights and drove around the […]

New York City Announces Next Wave of Vision Zero to Make Streets Safer

Approximately four years into New York City’s Vision Zero initiative to minimize collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists, Mayor de Blasio announced changes that will revise the program and target areas where accidents are more likely to occur. Based on crash data, new “priority corridors” have been added in all five boroughs. Using detailed accident data […]

School Zone Speed Cameras Debated in New York State

Governor Andrew Cuomo is a strong proponent of a bill that would more than double the number of school zones equipped with speeding enforcement cameras. These devices, located within a quarter-mile of school buildings, photograph cars traveling more than 10 mph over the speed limit. Using license plate information, a $50 ticket is mailed to […]

New York City Traffic Deaths Hit New Low in 2018

Aggressive initiatives have helped New York City reduce traffic deaths to their lowest level in more than a century. In 2013, the de Blasio administration established the Vision Zero Initiative, which lowered speed limits and instituted other safety measures designed to reduce vehicle fatalities throughout the five boroughs. In the year before the Vision Zero […]

Deadly Negligence: Metro-North Train Crash

A speeding Metro-North train carrying 100 passengers derailed in the Bronx on Sunday December 1, killing four people and injuring dozens more. At least 11 passengers remain in critical condition.  However uncommon, tragic accidents like these can change people’s lives forever — and the people and/or company responsible must be held accountable. In legal terms, […]

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