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Why are bicycles classified as vehicles?

A bicycle is not a car, and even the new electric models escape the classification of a motorcycle. So why do bikes fall under the definition of a vehicle? The reason is bicyclists must follow traffic laws. If bicyclists could do whatever they wanted on New York streets, more accidents would likely result. Traffic laws exist for everyone’s safety, and bicycle enthusiasts should follow those rules.
Riding a bike and following traffic laws
Bicycle accidents could happen because a car’s driver commits a gross moving violation. Not all bicycle accidents are a car or truck driver’s fault,, however. A bicyclist that goes…

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Your need to know: About construction accidents in NYC

Residents of the Bronx and Queens as well as other areas of New York may want to learn more about the construction accidents that take place in New York City. In the city that never sleeps, construction is king. There is always some construction happening. However, it also is one of the largest causes of accidents in NYC.

According to SpaceCoastDaily, a construction accident happens when a worker is constructing a certain facility, and injury, damage or even death takes place. Some causes might be the following:

Unstable foundations
Heavy machinery
Difficult equipment

In many cases, however, negligence by the worker may…

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How to avoid pedestrian accidents involving older people

An older person may be more likely to have vision, hearing or other impairments that may make it harder to stay safe as a pedestrian. Therefore, it is imperative that you are extra careful if you see an elderly person walking on the sidewalk or making an attempt to cross the street. This is true whether you are driving in a rural town or in the middle of New York City.
What can you do to minimize the risk of an accident?
If you see an elderly pedestrian, assume that this person will have a harder time seeing or hearing you. Therefore,…

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Fatal dangers to bicyclists in New York

Riding a bicycle should not come with excessive risks since drivers, pedestrians and bike enthusiasts often practice awareness and safe commuting. Statistics might tell a grimmer reality since fatality figures may be far higher than people realize. Anyone who routinely travels with a bicycle may not wish to close their eyes to these facts. Understanding the dangers associated with New York streets and roads could help everyone reduce risks.
Bicyclist fatalities and issues with U.S. streets
New York City may one day follow Chicago’s lead, as the Windy City committed to 48 miles of bike trails and corridors. Adding bike lanes may…

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Is New York facing a pedestrian accident crisis?

Living in a central metropolitan area comes with several concerns. Among the worries that pedestrians face is the potential for a catastrophic accident. With many cars and motorbikes traveling near people walking or jogging, the chances of an accident could be alarmingly high. Statistics coming from New York support concerns, as the figures reflecting pedestrian deaths are outright frightening.
An increase in pedestrian deaths occurs
Accident statistics from 2021 show that New York City is not the safest place for people going about their business. The city established a “Zero Vision” policy to increase pedestrian safety, but the program has not overcome…

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NYC is cracking down on construction accidents and fatalities

Residents and businesses of New York City and nearby areas of the Bronx and Queens may want to learn more about how NYC is conducting safety sweeps, with zero tolerance of violations at construction sites. This is after a recent string of fatalities of construction workers. These tragic deaths could have been avoided with knowledge and remedy of unsafe conditions.
Fines might be the result
According to Safety+Health, Department of Building (DOB) inspectors will be looking for safety violations, and violators could face fines of up to $25,000. This new policy is the result of two separate accidents in May, where two…

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Fatal bicycle accidents are on the rise

There are many benefits to bicycle riding in New York City. Cycling can be a fun form of exercise and an inexpensive and convenient form of transportation. However, sharing the road with motor vehicles can also be very dangerous for cyclists.
Fatal bicycle accidents are on the rise
If you take a look at the number of bicycle accidents that have occurred in New York City over the past few years, you’ll see that they are declining. At the same time, however, the number of fatal bicycle accidents is going up. Here are the fatal bicycle accident statistics over the past three…

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Distractions can be deadly at construction sites

The construction industry in the state of New York can be dangerous. A total of 1,008 deaths were reported throughout the industry in 2018. Since then, the numbers haven’t changed a great deal. The cause of these deadly accidents can be due to a number of factors. Distractions are the trend to worry about.
Many accidents are due to working while distracted
Construction accidents are all too common in New York. Many of them are caused by workers getting distracted while on the job. There are many types of accidents and deaths that can occur. Workers can be hit by flying or…

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Different injuries based on where you sit in a car accident

Car accidents can be sudden and traumatic experiences. Despite this, there has been some research done on what types of injuries are common with different types of auto accidents. This research done on auto accidents might help keep you safe and aware while driving through the traffic-heavy streets of Queens or the Bronx in New York.
What are the risks if you’re driving?
Ultimately, drivers were more likely to protect themselves during accidents even if subconsciously. Even with that in mind, a recent study said that they still account for about 60.8% of injuries reported in an auto accident.
What are the risks…

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Dangerous streets for cyclists

Although New York City is known for mass transit like the subway system, there’s also plenty of automobile traffic on the streets. And sharing the road can be difficult. Many cyclists are hit by drivers and passengers opening doors. Others are struck by the vehicles as they’re travelling. In 2019, over two dozen bicyclists were killed on New York City streets.
A changing trend
Cyclist fatalities in NYC in 2019 and 2020 were well above the 2018 total. This uptick has happened in spite of an increase in the number of bike lanes throughout the city. Bicycle accidents often happen at the…

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