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New York’s car seat law is changing

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Is your vehicle ready?

According to AAA, a one-year-old child is injured in a car crash about once every day in New York state. With precious young lives on the line, it is critical that people do everything possible to prevent these injuries and keep small passengers safe.

Drone Milestone Raises Questions

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Our neighbor to the north was home to a drone-related milestone last week, as a drone collided with a commercial aircraft in Canadian airspace. This is the first time such an incident has occurred in North America.

Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau was relieved that the plane only sustained minor damage, but said the incident never should have happened. "That drone should not have been there."

It’s a dangerous world out there for children

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Taking a child to a baseball game is a time-honored American tradition. For generations, parents have been taking their kids to the ballgame to enjoy the site and smells of our national pastime.

However, as much fun as a baseball game can be for fans and their children, there are also significant dangers. In addition to the potential for unruly fans and sometimes dangerous commutes, the game itself can pose significant dangers in the form of flying baseballs. If kids aren’t careful, a foul ball can cause serious, sometimes fatal, accidents.

Distracted driving accidents in Manhattan: Steps victims can take

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Everybody with common sense knows it's foolish to drive while distracted with a phone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted driving is thought to kill an average of nine people and injure more than 1,000 people each day in the United States.

Despite tough laws, New York City is not immune to the deadly problem of distracted driving. In Manhattan, one of the world's busiest places, it is crazy to text and drive or even talk on the phone behind the wheel, yet numerous drivers are doing it right now. Throughout the borough -- in Midtown, on the West Side Highway and the FDR, on uptown and downtown streets and avenues -- motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists are put in harm's way by this negligent behavior.

MTA train delays and injuries: What recourse do riders have?

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As New York City subway riders, we've all experienced MTA train delays that involve waiting endlessly in a station (or even leaving to take a bus or walk home), having to get off a train that goes out of service, or getting stuck on a train in between stops. These time-killing episodes are just an annoying part of life -- usually.

But what about train problems that actually lead to people getting hurt? What can you and your family you do when a subway situation extends beyond inconvenience into actual danger and injuries?

3 killed, more than a dozen injured in early morning bus crash

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A grisly bus crash in Queens killed three people and injured 16 more early this morning. At 6:20 a.m., a private tour bus collided with an MTA bus at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Main Street.

Fatalities include a pedestrian, who was pinned under a bus and died at the scene. The other two - the tour bus driver and an MTA passenger - died at nearby hospitals.

Who’s regulating New York’s amusement rides? (part 2)

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Understanding the complex regulations governing amusement rides

In a recent post, we discussed the inconsistency of thrill ride regulations across the United States. As demonstrated by ongoing injuries and fatalities at amusement parks and carnivals, the inconsistent patchwork of regulations across the United States does not seem to be keeping families as safe as possible.

Who’s regulating New York’s amusement rides?

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When summer thrills lead to deadly spills

Between Coney Island, Six Flags Great Escape and countless other attractions, children all over New York are enjoying high-speed thrill rides this summer. But most of us don’t know exactly how safe those rides are. Do you know when that Tilt-a-Whirl was last inspected, or who is responsible for ensuring amusement rides are safe?

NYC construction fatality highlights critical Scaffold Law

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Contributing to the troubling rise in New York construction fatalities in recent years, another worker has lost his life on a worksite this month. According to an article in the New York Daily News, a 62-year-old surveyor fell 10 stories to his death after a wooden platform gave way underneath him.

Government agencies are still investigating the accident, and a violation has been issued to the contractor for failing to secure the platform. This accident illustrates the importance of New York’s Scaffold Law, an essential safety measure that has long been under attack by insurers and business interests.

NYC’s Citi Bike system sees first fatality

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Dan Hanegby was a 36-year-old investment banker, father, elite tennis player and former staff sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces – until he was killed this week in New York’s first fatal accident involving a Citi Bike,

On Monday morning, Hanegby was riding one of the city’s bike share cycles when he lost control and fell to the ground. Surveillance footage from a nearby business indicated that Hanegby lost his balance while riding near a bus and fell underneath it. 

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