It is a sure sign of how unusual the 2016 election cycle has been in that the near-catastrophic landing of Gov. Mike Pence’s plane into LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in October was forgotten nearly as soon as it is occurred
Automotive safety technology has come a long way since the 1960s and 1970s when the per capita fatality rate was 2-3 times what it is today, but a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that, although improvements have been made in driverside protection in many cars, there is still a ways to go in providing similar levels of protection for front seat passengers.
A 35-year old was left severely injured in a collision with a large tractor-trailer in downtown Brooklyn on the morning of October 11, coming at the end of a 7-day period in which five pedestrians were killed across New York City in accidents with drivers.
One of the biggest trends over the past decade has been the growth of intense sports and fitness programs for adults, with many working professionals heading out to engage in Crossfit, triathlons, kickboxing, rock climbing gyms, intramural sports, and all other types of physical activities that can carry with them a high risk of physical injury.
The crushed bicycle helmet of a 12-year old in Borough Park, Brooklyn in a September collision with a Lexus sedan is a stark reminder of how dangerous NYC roads are for bicyclists and just how critical wearing a helmet can be in protecting your life.
Now, ridesharing app services like Uber and Lyft have changed everything, bringing down prices for rides and extending car service all across the city. But, unlike taxi and livery services which tend to employ long-term drivers, these ridesharing apps employ “independent contractors” who may never have driven professionally before or even had face-to-face interaction with any types of supervisors or managers at Uber or Lyft.
As car engineering has created improvements in car safety through mechanisms such as accident avoidance systems and rear cameras, what has not changed for the most part is the tendency of the human drivers behind the wheel to engage in careless and negligent behavior which, although avoidable, increases the risk of injury and death to themselves in others.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio instituted the “Vision Zero” bicycling safety initiative with the goal of reducing the number of cyclist deaths in NYC down to zero (hence the Vision Zero title), but by the end of August, the number of cyclist deaths for 2016 has already surpassed that of 2015, calling into question the efficacy of the program.