In our biweekly NYC accident and legal news report, we look at two serious auto accidents, a call for increased tour bus safety regulations, and a million-dollar lawsuit against the city for a toddler’s lead poisoning.
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Two NYPD Officers Injured In Brooklyn Car Accident
Two New York City police officers were injured in a car accident in Brooklyn on Saturday, December 2nd. They were traveling eastbound on Ridgewood Avenue in a marked police car while responding to an emergency call. A 2006 Chevy Trailblazer crashed into them at the intersection of Ridgewood Avenue and Hemlock Street.
According to police, the driver of the Trailblazer blew through a stop sign at the intersection.
The two police officers and the other driver were brought to Jamaica Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. An investigation is currently ongoing.
Senator Calls For Increased Tour Bus Regulations
A New York State Senator is calling for increased regulations for double-decker tour buses in New York City, arguing that certain loopholes make the buses unsafe for tourists, pedestrians, and other motorists on the city’s streets and sidewalks. This discussion on safety concerns comes about a week after a double-decker charter bus caused a three-vehicle accident in Manhattan, injuring three people.
Democratic State Sen. Brad Hoylman, of Manhattan, has called on the state to tighten its rules and regulations for tourist vehicles. These double-decker tour buses are not required to follow the same laws regarding driver medical exams and driving tests. These vehicles also have different insurance regulations and lack laws which prohibit the hiring of convicted sex offenders and drunk drivers.
State lawmakers are expected to discuss the issue when they reconvene in January.
6 People injured In Lower Manhattan Accident
At least six people were injured when a car crashed into two other vehicles and ended up on a sidewalk in Lower Manhattan. The accident occurred around 1:20 p.m. on Thursday, December 7th when a Lincoln Continental and Ford Explorer collided at Broadway and Liberty Street, near Zuccotti Park. The Lincoln then struck a bicyclist and kept speeding onto the sidewalk, striking three pedestrians.
The vehicle kept traveling down Liberty Street before it crashed into the back of a third vehicle and jumped a curb. All six victims were brought to nearby hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Police suspect that the driver of the Lincoln Continental may have had a medical issue which led to the accident. He reportedly complained of chest pain while he was being questioned by police and was loaded into an ambulance. No criminal charges are expected.
Mother Sues NYC For Child’s Lead Poisoning
A Brooklyn mother has filed a notice of claim and two separate lawsuits against the city and her landlord and property managers after her toddler suffered lead poisoning in her apartment. City agencies helped place the formerly homeless mother and her two young children in the Coney Island apartment in 2015. A city program covered most of their rent.
The mother complained about the apartment’s conditions, but the lead hazards were not fully discovered until after her 2-year-old son was diagnosed with lead poisoning. City health officials visited the property to document the unsafe living conditions after this diagnosis.
The New York City Housing Authority has recently come under fire for widespread failure to conduct mandatory lead paint inspections in public housing complexes. According to a report from the New York Post, the city could be facing payouts as high as $100 million for these violations.
In this lawsuit, the mother alleges official neglect and improper enforcement of city inspection lead standards. She is seeking millions in damages, though a specific amount has not been released.